Richard French McCready Jr., a Winchester native, died at the age of 70 on Aug. 22, in Charleston, S.C.
An active member of the Winchester community, he traced his Kentucky roots back to colonial Fort Boonesborough.
Princeton University in 1963 and the University of Virginia School of Law in 1966. He earned a Master of Law degree from the University of London in 1967.
As a trusts and estate lawyer, he worked at the New York law firm Davis Polk & Wardwell from 1967 to 1977. Thereafter, he was in private practice in Winchester. In 1987, he succeeded his father as president of Winchester Federal Bank, which was founded in 1934.
He is survived by his wife, Jane H. McCready (née Jane Cockburn Houston); two daughters, Sarah McCready Boston and Louise French McCready; Sarah’s husband, Hugh C. Boston III; and Louise’s fiancé, Lewis J. Hart III.
Richard and Jane celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary last December with a Kenyan safari trip.
Crew was an integral part of his life, from the varsity team at Princeton and rowing at Henley to starting the Spuyten Duyvil Crew Club in New York. However, even greater than his love for rowing, which requires a straighter stretch of water than the Kentucky River, was his passion for tennis. Weekly doubles games weren’t enough for this slice serve king. He recruited both daughters, and their beaux, to play on vacation.
Philanthropy and education were of utmost importance to Richard. He served as a senior warden at Emmanual Episcopal Church; on the Board of Directors at Sayre School; supported his children’s colleges, Bowdoin College and the University of Pennsylvania; and was a member of the Lamp Lighters Club. From his father, he learned the value of community development and enjoyed supporting businesses in Winchester. Richard was well respected for his integrity, keen intellect and Irish wit. He will be sorely missed.
The church service will take place Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. at Christ Church Cathedral in Lexington. The reception at Winchester Federal Bank, 1705 Bypass Road, will immediately follow the graveside service. Graveside services will be at Winchester Cemetery.
Pallbearers include Jeffrey Adams, Hugh C. Boston III, E. Paul Du Pont III, Lewis J. Hart III, Douglas C. Houston, J. Ronald Houtz, Charles N. Marshall, Thomas Miller, Eugene R. Preaus, Colin Stewart, George W. Taliaferro, Donald L. Twiss, Bayard Walters, John Warden and David E. Woods.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Clark County Humane Society (859-737-0053), the Lexington Humane Society (859-233-0044) and the Medical University of South Carolina Foundation for the Department of Medicine’s Research and Education Fund (843-792-2677).
The online guest book is at www.scobeefuneralhome.com, and the 24-hour funeral information line can be reached at 744-2122.