Richard Root Hiestand, 83, a former resident of Buffalo and North Tonawanda, died surrounded by loved ones at his home in Lockport on June 9, 2018. A memorial will be held this summer at the family cottage on Lake Ontario.
Dick was a descendant of early Western New York settlers, Thomas and Martha Root, who maintained a stop on the Underground Railway, and Dr. Myron Orton, a founder of the Niagara County Medical Society.
Dick was born in Reading, PA to Jacob and Alice Hiestand on April 26, 1935.
He earned his B.A. from Ithaca College in 1958 and his Masters from Columbia University School of Social Work in 1968.
Dick joined the United States Navy, serving as quartermaster on the destroyer USS Samuel B. Roberts.
He married Beverly Slack on August 27, 1966 in Rochester, NY. They moved to Buffalo where he worked for the New York State Division for Youth.
In retirement Dick was a docent at Frank Lloyd Wright's Darwin Martin House and Graycliff. But more than anything else, he was a friend to all.
Dick is survived by his wife, Bev Hiestand; their sons, Christopher (Kathleen) Hiestand and Mark Hiestand; his brother, Fred Hiestand; nephews, Trevor (BryAnn Chen) Hiestand and Jason (Megan) Hiestand, as well as cousins, Helen Root Schieffer and Janet Root Mialkowski and fast friend,
Memorials, if desired, may be made to Niagara Hospice to whom the family wishes to extend our sincere thanks.
Published on June 13, 2018