GULFPORT, Fla. — Richard “Dick” Kimberley, 80, of Gulfport, Fla., died peacefully on Monday, Jan. 6, 2020, surrounded by his loving wife and friends at the Residence Club in Seminole, Fla. He was born in Princeton, Ill.
He graduated from Princeton High School and achieved an MBA from Northwestern University in Chicago. He began his career as a draftsman at Caterpillar Corp. in Illinois, then on to GTE Telecommunications where he advanced to executive level and was vice president of operations headquartered in Durham, N.C., then on to Washington, D.C., and finally to Tampa, Fla., where he retired. He then founded TAI (Telecom Associates International), a telecommunications consulting company, placing contractors nationally and internationally.
He was a member of the Methodist church.
He was involved in many professional organizations, among them, he was a Rotarian and was a recipient of the Paul Harris Fellow award. He had been a member of the Kiwanis and Chamber of Commerce, holding officer positions. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, and a Shriner. He received a certificate of appreciation for serving as trustee for the Arlington Special Dependent District from Hillsborough County, Tampa, Fla.
He loved boating and earned his captain’s license from the United States Coast Guard as a Merchant Marine Officer in 2002. Other favorite hobbies were fishing and golf. He especially enjoyed fishing trips in Florida, and with his buddies to Canada, Costa Rica, Mexico, Illinois, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Oregon and Washington. He also enjoyed golfing trips to many various areas with his buddies.
Survivors are his wife, Sharon; his two sons, Kevin A. (Kathy) Kimberley of Cary, N.C., and Kyle W. (Dian) Kimberley of Durham, N.C.; and two grandchildren and one great-grandchild. His sister, Marian E. (Dan) Winter of Decatur, also survives.
He was preceded in death by his father, Lyle R.; his mother, Elaine M. (Westman) Kimberley; and stepmother, Lucille (Johnson) Kimberley.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
If you would like to donate in his memory, please donate to Suncoast Hospice, the Shriners Children’s Hospital or charity of your choice.
The David C. Gross Funeral Home is assisting the family. Online condolences may be left at davidcgross.com.