Richard Berry died June 23, 2017 at the age of 84.
He is survived by his 3 kids; his daughter-in-law; his five grandchildren; and his loving neighbors in Round Rock. His love and wisdom will also live on in Philip and Christine and their daughter Kyra whom he loved like a grandchild. He adored his wife June who died in 2004.
Richard was a proud native Texan and a lifelong Democrat in the best tradition of progressive-minded Texans. Even at the end of his life, his concern for those who suffer injustice was unflagging. The recently threatened cuts to the Affordable Care Act were troubling to him; and he contemplated what knowledge might finally motivate lawmakers to effectively assert and protect every person's right to health care.
Richard was tall, laid back, kind, and funny. He liked cats. His capacity for patience was extraordinary. His most consistent pleasure was working with his hands. He could build and repair anything, and he took well-deserved pride and a great deal of pleasure in the 1400-square foot workshop--"The Annex"that he built on his property in Round Rock. He loved planting trees and shrubs and then hoping the heat wouldn't kill them. He liked to watch sports, and he and June followed Texas Longhorns women's sports closely; they traveled the country to support the UT women's volleyball team in away games and tournaments. He loved to speak Spanish; he loved visiting Italy; he loved fruit salad when he made it himself (the right way). He never met a taco he didn't like, never planned things in advance unless it involved spending money, and, at the age of 77, finally perfected his pie crust. His great strength was cultivating presence; when he was there, he was there. He was solid, dependable, and in the moment.
Richard was a devoted caretaker throughout his life. In his last years, many people who loved him had the honor and great pleasure of finally returning a small part of that care and devotion.
There will be no funeral service. Tribute donations may be made to the Southern Poverty Law Center (https://donate.splcenter.org/) and its pursuit of justice for the most vulnerable members of society.
Published on June 28, 2017