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“Quick with wit and just as quick with a smile. I am at a deep loss for words. What comes to mind is what you told me many, many years ago..."Once a...Read More »
1 of 12 | Posted by: Michael Paskert - Missoula, MT

“I am so shocked at this news and deeply saddened. Please let me know when the celebration of life event is. I would really like to attend....Read More »
2 of 12 | Posted by: Donald Hursell - Kent, OH

“We are so sorry for your loss. ”
3 of 12 | Posted by: Kim Reid-Fischer - huron, OH

“Since 1970. You came and visited when I lived in Florida. Hosted so many great parties. Trail Lake! Super Bowls! So sad you're gone. RIP Richard...Read More »
4 of 12 | Posted by: Jim Zeller - Kent, OH - Friend

“I am so shocked, saddened and sorry to hear about Richard's passing. He and my dad, Alan, were friends dating back 40 years. Richard even came out to...Read More »
5 of 12 | Posted by: Adam Liberman - OH

“We are so sorry for your loss. ”
6 of 12 | Posted by: Terri Steedman-Hillyard - Hudson

“Offering our deepest sympathies during this time. ”
7 of 12 | Posted by: The Staff of Bissler & Sons Funeral Home - OH

“Until we meet again, buddy. What's it been, about 50 years we've known each other, 45th grade at Franklin School. Fast forward and you were best man...Read More »
8 of 12 | Posted by: Bob Dunn - Richmond, TX - Friend

“You will always hold a special place in my heart. ”
9 of 12 | Posted by: Sandy Weidner Reeve - Lubbock, TX

“Richard had no idea how many lives he touched and influenced. Adam and I have many great memories and will never forget his smile or laugh. No matter...Read More »
10 of 12 | Posted by: Pam Holtz - Stow, OH

“I will miss him. He was a good friend. ”
11 of 12 | Posted by: Janet and kirk Raymond - FL

“Richard- "There are no goodbyes for us. Wherever you are, you will always be in my heart.:-Mahatma GandhiI will miss you my friend! I know heaven is...Read More »
12 of 12 | Posted by: Ann Marie Polichena - Ravenna, OH


Richard Williams Gressard of Kent, passed away Saturday, January 20, 2018 after a short illness. He was born July 18, 1952 to William M and Margaret Fageol Gressard and was a graduate of Kent State University High School and Kent State University.

He was president and owner of The Tavern At Twin Lakes for the past 30 years. It was his pride and his joy and that was evident when one walked into his welcoming place. He really did appreciate his family and friends and so many great customers for helping to make his business such an amazing success.

Richard had been a resident of Portage County and Franklin Township most all of his life, and he treasured the history his family shared with the area and was proud to be a descendant of the Fageols, Merrills, Haymakers, and Olins.

He had many passions in life, including golf, which he was exceptional at. One of the highlights of his life was winning the Twin Lakes Country Club golf championship, proudly following his father's 14 previous wins.

He had a love of warmth, sunshine, water, his 1972 blue Ford "Scooby Doo" van as well as a love for animals always present in his life, Lemon the cockatoo.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents, William Sr. and Margaret. He is survived by his siblings, Bill (Cheri), Bob, and Gwen; aunts, Betty Gressard and Esther Gressard; and numerous cousins all over the country. He also leaves so many special friends - way too many to list. He also had a special bond with and will be greatly missed by his "Tavern Girls", and his many employees past and present. He leaves us to remember his beautiful smile and his welcoming and warm personality.

Special thanks to all who cared for Richard at University Hospitals – ICU and Hospice Palliative care.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Rose's Rescue, in Richard's name or to your local ASPCA. Donations may also be made to University Hospitals Hospice care.

Per Richard's request, there will be no funeral service, but a celebration party of his life at a later date.