Richard “Dick” Earl Cameron, 86, of Wheeling passed away on Nov 29 at Wheeling Hospital following a long but courageous battle with ALS.
Born May 30, 1934 in Glen Dale, he was the son of the late Earl and Minnie (Morris) Cameron.
He graduated from Wheeling High School in 1955 and joined the U.S. Navy, where he earned his machinist apprenticeship. After his honorable discharge, he was employed as a machinist at Valley Machine and later at Wheeling Pittsburgh Steel.
In 1979, while still working in the steel mill, he earned his teaching certificate and began teaching machine shop at Wheeling Park High School. He was employed by Ohio County Schools for many years as a teacher and assistant athletic director of Wheeling Park High.
Dick raised his family in Warwood and loved the memories he made there with family and close friends. He was a member of the Warwood United Methodist Church and the Warwood Vets.
His passion, and overwhelming time commitment, however, was with the school or community-based athletic associations and the kids benefitting from them.
He was a member of the Warwood Division of the Wheeling Little League and served as coach and general manager of the Warwood Red Birds. He served as president of the Warwood High School Athletic Boosters, where he assisted in the fundraising and labor to construct a football field and updated locker rooms at the Garden Park Ballpark for Warwood Junior High and High School.
Dick was also a member and past president of the WPHS Athletic Boosters, and worked tirelessly with their fundraising efforts. He dedicated much of his time in his retirement to Wheeling Park athletics and in 2011 was awarded the Distinguished Patriot Award in recognition for his love and dedication to the school and its students.
He was a member of the WVSSAC and an integral part of the Super Six WV High School Football Championships for over 20 years, helping to bring the Super Six to Wheeling and serving as a co- director. He was the 2006 -07 WV Athletic Directors Distinguished Award recipient. Because of his love and dedication to WPHS, football and the Super Six, you could often find him at Wheeling Island Stadium on any day of the year.
In addition to his parents, he was proceeded in death by his step brothers, Bill Morris and Donald Morris.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Sharon Bibey Cameron; son, Douglas (Deborah) Cameron of Pittsburgh, PA; daughter, Donna ( Todd) Lyons of Martinsburg, WV; grandchildren, Bradley Cameron, Ali Cameron, Cameron (Samantha) Lyons and Victoria Lyons; step-grandson, Brian (Danielle) McDermott; three sisters, Darlene (Melvin) Stephens of Wheeling WV, Patsy (Lee) Glessner of Wheeling WV and Delores (Roger) Pfefferman of Pittsburgh PA; brother-in-law, Denzel Bibey of Wheeling; and sister-in-law Gwen Bibey of St. Clairsville OH.
Dick was considered a man of many talents and shared those talents through teaching, coaching, and helping others. He was never afraid to learn something new and he always put others first. Dick loved going to WV Mountaineer football games in the fall and Florida every July with close friends.
Dick will be remembered for his strong work ethic, his willingness to help his friends and neighbors, his service to his community, his love for and dedication to Wheeling Park High and his sense of humor. He always had a smile for anyone he came in contact with and a joke for anyone that would listen.
More than anything, he will be remembered for his commitment as a devoted husband, father, grand-father, brother, and uncle. Dick was extremely proud of his children’s and grandchildren’s accomplishments and did not hesitate to share his pride when talking to others.
The family would like to thank Connie Rock from Right at Home Senior Care and the staff of Country Club Retirement Campus for the compassionate care they provided.
Due to COVID 19 Restrictions, a memorial service will be planned at a later date. Arrangements by Kepner Funeral Home, Burke Chapel, Wheeling (304- 277-2722).
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Dick’s name can be made to: Country Club Retirement Campus – Activities Department, CCRC IV 55801 Conno Mara Dr., Bellaire, OH 43906; or WPHS Athletic Boosters, Fund, @CFOv, 1226 Chapline St, Wheeling WV 26003.
Condolences can be left for the family online at www.KepnerFuneral.com.