MAWHINNEY, Richard Roy Dick
December 1, 2013 12:28 AM
Died peacefully with family at his side on Wednesday, November 20th, 2013 at Serenity House in Santa Barbara, California.
Born in Milwaukee Wisconsin on June 28th, 1932, the only son of Roy and Olive Mawhinney, "Dick" had a happy childhood. The majority of his time was spent in the woods of Wisconsin, hunting and fishing with his father. He had a great affinity for "critters" and had many different childhood pets including a skunk, a deer, a raccoon, and chip- munks. This love of animals would get him into some trouble later in his life when he brought home a baby alligator for his girls and later rescued a seal from Goleta Beach.
After graduating from Rufus High School, he attended and graduated from Marquette University with a BS in General Business Management. While at college he met the love of his life, Virginia "Ginny" Long. After which he was drafted and served proudly in the United States Army during the Korean War where he was stationed in Germany.
Dick worked for Delco Electronics/General Motors as Vice President of Finance for forty three years and came to Santa Barbara as a result of this employment. When Delco changed locations, he was given a choice of Goleta, California or Kokomo, Indiana. He wisely chose Goleta and loaded his growing family up in the station wagon and drove cross country.
While living in Goleta, Dick and Ginny were very active members of the community. They started the Goleta Valley Girls Softball Association, serving as commissioner and Vice President and remained active in the softball league until Dick's retirement.
Dick will be remembered most for his big heart and his willingness to help others, especially children. His large six foot frame was definitely imposing but if anyone needed help or had a problem, those gentle bright blue eyes would take them in and make things right. Dick had a way of simplifying things. He was a man of few words but those words mattered.
Dick was a loving Husband, proud father and grandfather and will be greatly missed by his wife Virginia, son Stuart Mawhinney, daughters Heather Kemp, Michelle Coffee, Patrice Gallardo, Chivaun Clark, Bridget Bialas, Shannon Foster and his nine grandchildren, Diana, Richard, Brittany, Shea-Lynn, Cassandra, Jacob, Jack, Lindsey, Kasey and brother Bob Mawhiney