Richard “Dick” Gregory Page III, 80, of Morehead City, died Tuesday, May 14, 2019, at Carteret Health Care in Morehead City.
The family will host a gathering of friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Brooks Funeral Home.
He was born Nov. 15, 1938, the eldest of three children of the late Barbara Shaw Page and Richard G. Page Jr. of Plainfield, N.J. The Page family moved to Winston-Salem in 1946, where Richard graduated from RJ Reynolds High School in 1956. Richard then graduated with a bachelor’s degree in history from Duke University in 1960. He entered the U.S. Navy in 1960 and served for two years while earning the rank of ensign. Dick was a communications officer and was able to spend service time in Antarctica and New Zealand.
In 1963, he married Sallie Pickard Page and had two daughters. He retired from RJR Tobacco after 28 years and was the director of operations at the Physical Plant of Wake Forest University, but his favorite job was director of Morehead City Carteret County Area Transportation, from which he retired in 2008. For many years he volunteered at several local organizations, including Fort Macon State Park, the N.C. Maritime Museum, Pine Knoll Shores Fire Department and the History Museum of Carteret County. Richard was an audiophile of classical music and opera, enjoyed discussions about current events and always had a special connection to the coast.
He is survived by his beloved companion of more than 20 years, Michael A. Spencer; daughters Sara Page Krome and Marjorie Page Transou and husband Kevin; brother, George Lee-McDonnell; siblings, David Page and Barbara Page; and grandchildren, Harrison Krome and Rachel Krome.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the N.C. Maritime Museum, 315 Front St., Beaufort, NC 28516.
Arrangements are by Brooks Funeral Home & Crematory Inc. of Morehead City. Access online obituary and internet condolences through www.brooksfuneralhomeandcrematory.com.