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A lover of Longboat Key, Richard Thackray passes

Richard Mond Thackray, an avid golfer, Republican and lover of Longboat Key, passed away last Saturday evening.

Richard and Valerie Thackray

“Richard will be missed by all he came in contact with. He was a great guy, strong Republican, good golfer and more importantly, a good and loyal friend,” said Longboat Republican Club President Joe McElmeel.

 McElmeel credits Thackray for helping to reshape the Republican Club organization and added that, “He was extremely instrumental in assisting in its growth.”

Richard and his wife, Valerie, enjoyed socializing and joined numerous Longboaters for dinners, holidays and family events. To say Richard really enjoyed golf would be an understatement.

Richard Mond Thackray, Jr. was born to Richard Mond Thackray, Sr. and

Dorothy Anne Pequignot on January 30, 1944 in Annapolis, Maryland.

Richard grew up with his brother, Phil, in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Richard attended Villanova University where he received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree. He continued his doctoral coursework in Instructional Psychology at the University of Pittsburg.

Richard returned to Annapolis, Maryland, where he resided for over 30 years and participated in many sailing competitions onboard his beloved boat, Slick, played golf, and where he made many lifelong friends at The Eastport Yacht Club.

Richard joined Applied Science Associates (ASA) in 1974 and was responsible for growing the company in Colorado and Maryland. A founder of the Interactive Multimedia Association (IMA), he served as IMA President from 1991-1993. In 1994, after having served as a Senior Vice President at ASA, one of his proudest moments was when he co-founded PerformTech Inc, a performance improvement company. He served as its CEO until his company was sold to a large publicly traded company.  Richard was a recognized expert in the application of advanced training technologies and, over the past 40 years, he led pioneering multimedia and e-learning courseware development efforts for a wide range of organizations. He stayed involved in the industry until earlier this year.

In 2009, he married his beloved wife, Valerie and moved to Longboat Key (LBK), Florida, where he golfed, made many new friends, and was involved in the Republican Club of LBK as well as the Tangerine Bay Club Board where he served from 2015-19.

Richard is survived by his wife of ten years, his brother, nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Mass was held on Friday, September 27th at St. Mary, Star of the Sea

Catholic Church.

Memorial contributions in honor of Richard may be made to:

Tidewell Hospice (Bradenton)

The Boys and Girls Club of Sarasota on Fruitville Road

St. Mary, Star of the Sea Catholic Church.

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