Obituary of Richard E. Wire
Mr. Richard E. Wire, 80, of N. Utica, passed away on Sunday, May 26, 2019, at his home, with his loving family by his side.
Richard was born in New Cumberland, PA on December 12, 1938, the son of Ellsworth K. and Hazel (Holmes) Wire. He was raised and educated in Rome, NY and was a graduate of Rome Free Academy. Richard honorably served in the US Navy. At one time, Richard was married to Claudette (McGraw) Wire. On September 17, 1988, Richard was united in marriage with Sue (Woodward) McMann, a loving and devoted union of 30 years. Richard began his career in law enforcement as a police officer with the Utica Police Department. In 1967, he was appointed to the NY State Police, a distinguished career that spanned 19 years until his retirement in 1986. Richard continued his career as security director with the Masonic Care Community, retiring after 18 years of dedicated service. He was a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason with the Oriental-Faxton Lodge #224 F. & A. M., where he served as past Assistant Grand Lecturer. Richard enjoyed working on cars and motorcycles and was a NASCAR enthusiast.
Mr. Wire is survived by his beloved wife, Sue; his four children, Jeffrey and Karen Wire of NJ, Christopher and Traci Wire of FL, Pamela and Stephen Rahn of SC and Scott Wire of MI and their mother, Claudette; three step-children, Maryrose McMann of Utica, Daniel McMann of Boston and Linda and Bill Graves of Deerfield; one sister, Carol Fusco of Rome, as well as 18 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his step-son, Michael McMann and sister, Judith Esch.
Visitation for family and friends is Monday, June 3, 2019 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at the Heintz Funeral Home, 408 Herkimer Rd., N. Utica, followed by a service at the conclusion of visitation.
Those wishing to make a donation in Richard’s memory, please consider Shriners Hospitals for Children, 2900 Rocky Point Dr., Tampa, FL 33607.
Mr. Wire’s family extend their heartfelt gratitude to the nurses and staff of Visiting Nurses Association, especially Kelsey Evans, and the nurses and staff of Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., for the wonderful care and compassion you provided to Richard.