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Richard Herbert Jamison
September 28, 1935 ~ December 26, 2023 (age 88) 88 Years Old
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Richard Herbert Jamison, 88, of Wake Forest, North Carolina, passed away on Tuesday evening, December 26, 2023, at the William E. Dunlap Center for Caring, Raleigh, NC. Born on September 28, 1935, in Suffolk County, New York, to the late Theodore and Edna Phelan Jamison.
Mr. Jamison dedicated his life to education and coaching, retiring from Islip High School after leaving an indelible impact on countless lives as an educator, soccer, and JV basketball coach. His summers were spent as the chief lifeguard for the town of Islip. Later, he served as the athletic director at Dowling College in Oakdale, New York, before embarking on a vibrant retirement in Florida. After two retirements, he and his beloved wife of 66 years, Nancy Savoury Jamison, relocated to North Carolina to be closer to family. In North Carolina, he continued his passion for education as a substitute teacher at Cardinal Gibbons.
Richard Jamison's impressive soccer skills left an enduring mark as he shared his passion with high school youth and dedicated time to volunteering with the Special Olympics. His commitment and enthusiasm earned him recognition in 1997 when he was inducted into the Plattsburgh University Sports Hall of Fame, a testament to his lasting impact on the sports community.
Mr. Jamison's zest for life extended to his love for the outdoors, but he will be most fondly remembered for his unwavering love for his family and his infectious sense of humor.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Nancy Savoury Jamison; children, Kim Damore of Brightwaters, NY; Dorey Jamison of Raleigh, NC; Jeff Jamison & wife Jill of Raleigh, NC; Kerri Brigham & husband George of West Palm, FL; and Jay Jamison & wife Amy of Madison, CT; grandchildren, Jennifer Price & husband Adam, Jessica Bowman & husband Lee, Steven Allbright & wife Kelsey, Hunter Jamison, Chase Jamison, Connor Jamison, Amber Jamison, Cortland Brigham & wife Annie, Cameron Brigham & wife Lyndzey, Lee Jamison, and Shelby Jamison; as well as ten great-grandchildren, extended family, and friends.