Richard Stephen Hendey, Jr., 84

May 19, 2020

Richard “Dick” Stephen Hendey, Jr. of White Plains, New York and South Dartmouth, Massachusetts passed away on Saturday, May 16, 2020, just a few months short of his 85th birthday. 

Dick was born on September 13, 1935 in White Plains, New York. He was the son of Grace Elizabeth Fowler and Richard Stephen Hendey, Sr., the late Mayor of White Plains. His family has a nearly 350-year long history in the City of White Plains, which was a great source of pride.

Dick attended the Kent School in Connecticut. He received a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Princeton University in 1958. He then served in the military as 1st Lt. in the U.S. Marine Corps, before continuing on to receive an MBA from Harvard Business School.

He had an immense love of outdoor sports. As a boy, he sailed on Buzzards Bay on a wonderful old Cat Boat named Sea Biscuit. He played football and baseball at Princeton University. He was a Boy Scout leader in White Plains for many years. He taught his children how to ski, skate, swim, and sail and gave them a deep appreciation for nature. He loved to go on fishing excursions with extended family in Massachusetts.

Dick was a community builder. For many years, he served on the Common Council in White Plains and was active with the White Plains Parking Authority. He was a member of the Union Hook and Ladder Volunteer Fire Department for 50 years. He served on the board of the White Plains Rural Cemetery, a position his son now holds. He enjoyed the camaraderie of friends as a member of the Daniel Gray Fishing Club in Armonk, NY.

After retiring from a 25-year long career in Environmental Engineering at Olin Corp. in Stamford, CT, Dick was often found researching family genealogy on various trips abroad and across the country. He also enjoyed connecting with neighbors while walking his beloved dog Lucy, and during warmer months, making Turkʼs Head rope bracelets for children in the summer community of Salterʼs Point in South Dartmouth.

Dick is survived by his wife of 58 years, Barbara, their children Sara Hendey Brote, Richard S. Hendey III and Elizabeth Hendey, three grandchildren, Erik, Oscar and Sophia Brote, son-in-law Wilhelm Brote, and his sister Susan Hendey Jenkins. For his children and grandchildren, he was a fine example of the meaning behind the name “Hendey” — courteous, kind and gentle. We will miss his big smile and unique sense of humor. He was a true gentleman.

A celebration of his life will be planned for brighter days ahead.