Richard Ray Reynolds, a longtime resident and supporter of Key West, Fla., nonprofits, and a former resident of Sag Harbor, died unexpectedly in Fort Lauderdale’s Holy Cross Hospital on Sunday, September 16. He was 82 years old.
Known to his many friends as Dick, Mr. Reynolds grew up in Hebron, Wisconsin and attended nearby Milton College where he earned a Bachelor of Arts. He went on to obtain a Master of Arts degree at the University of Iowa.
Mr. Reynolds served as assistant to a Navy Admiral in the Korean War where he sailed the Sea of Japan and East China Sea.
Following his military service, he moved to New York where he met his life partner William Totten. Mr. Reynolds briefly pursued an acting career; he also worked for Bamberger’s Department Store in marketing and promotion and sold real estate with Allen M. Schneider Real Estate, and was part of the team that opened the first Schneider office in Sag Harbor. Mr. Reynolds and Mr. Totten restored and resided in period houses in Sag Harbor before moving permanently to Key West in 1986.
Mr. Reynolds worked for Hanns Ebensten Travel, the first agency dedicated to travel for the GLBT community. He served as a mentor for Take Stock in Children, but was perhaps best known as the welcoming, genial Monday afternoon concessions stand volunteer in Key West’s nonprofit Tropic Cinema.
Mr. Reynolds is survived by sister Suzanne Marshall of Kentucky; Scott and Kent Marshall also of Kentucky; nephew Tom Reynolds of Virginia and nephew and niece Nick Reynolds and Judy Guerndt of Wisconsin.
A celebration of his life is planned for Wednesday, November 28 at 11 a.m. at Tropic Cinema, in Key West. In lieu of flowers, tributes to Mr. Reynolds may be made to nonprofits Tropic Cinema or Take Stock in Children.