Richard Adrian Amiott, 76
Richard “Dick” Adrian Amiott, 76, died on May 1, 2017, after a long battle with cancer. He passed away in Fort Mill, South Carolina, with his family by his side.
Dick was born on March 29, 1941, and grew up in Painesville, Ohio. He graduated from Harvey High School where he met his wife, Gayle (Gilmore). They were married in 1968 and had three children. Dick attended Kent State University and the FBI National Academy.
He served as a Deputy Sheriff with the Lake County, Ohio Sheriff’s Department for 19 years, attaining the rank of Chief Deputy Sheriff. He served as Chief of the Mentor, Ohio Police Department from 1984 until his retirement in 2003. A dedicated law enforcement officer, Dick also served as President and Historian of the FBI National Academy Associates, and on the Executive Committee of the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
Dick received numerous awards for his service in law enforcement, including Lake County, Ohio Blue Coats “Man of the Year”, “Policeman of the Year”, and the Lake County Bar Association’s Law Day Liberty Bell. He was an instructor in Criminal Justice at Lakeland Community College.
Dick and Gayle moved to Fort Mill, SC in 2010. An avid fisherman, Dick enjoyed the Florida sunshine, reading, cheering for Ohio’s sports teams, and playing pickleball, cards, and Rummikub with his friends and family.
Dick is survived by his loving wife, Gayle and children, Jennifer (Matthew Moss), Elizabeth Amiott and David Amiott, his grandson Charles Richard Moss, his twin brother, Donald, his sisters Carolyn LeBlanc and Mary Jane Thompson, many nieces and nephews, and many friends. Dick was preceded in death by his parents, Edward T. Amiott and Adeline E. (Johnson) Amiott Robb, and his sister, Gloria Ihlenfield, and brother, George Amiott.
A memorial service will be held at 4:00 pm May 12, 2017 at Burgess Funeral Home, 1800 Charlotte Highway, Lancaster, South Carolina (www.burgessfunerals.com). In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Levine Cancer Institute/Carolinas Health Care www.givecarolinas.org, National Parkinson Foundation www.parkinson.org, or the FBI National Academy Charitable Foundation www.fbinaa.org.
The Chapel of Burgess Funeral Home
Friday May 12th, 2017
1800 Charlotte Highway
LANCASTER, SC 29720
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Submitted by TOM CRELLIN on May 15 2017 09:35:18 AM
Dear Gayle and Family,
I share your grief at Dick's passing. He was a generous man and neighbor. Sorry circumstances were such we did not spend more time together. In his generousity, he share some of his Walleye catch from Lake Erie with betty and me. Yes, I will fight a candle.
Submitted by Bob Romanello on May 8 2017 10:15:51 PM
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Bob Romanello lit a candle on May 8 2017 10:12:47 PM
A down to earth, classy gentleman. My thoughts and prayers are with Gayle and the Amiott family.
Submitted by Jim Martineau on May 8 2017 09:00:01 PM
I had the honor to work and serve with Dick Amiott on the FBI National Academy Associates National Board. He was always a steadfast professional, gentleman and leader. It was a privilege to have known and been associated with him.
Our sympathies go out to Gayle and his children. Walt & Karen Corter
Submitted by Walter J. Corter on May 8 2017 04:01:47 PM
So sorry to have lost a friend, and a great person.
Sympathies to Gayle and children. You are in our prayers.
Charlene and Tom Leininger
Submitted by TOM LEININGER on May 7 2017 12:32:22 PM
My condolences to his family and brothers and sisters in blue. RIP chief.
Submitted by George Ferguson on May 6 2017 05:12:02 PM
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Nancy and Larry Abel lit a candle on May 6 2017 08:46:17 AM
Gayle and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Sending love and prayers to you and yours.
Submitted by Julie Yager on May 6 2017 12:16:00 AM
I m saddened by the loss of such a wonderful man. I meet Dick in 1983 When I graduate from the FBI National Academy. I had the pleasure of serving with him on the National Academy Executive Board. Dick served as Historian when I was President. When we would travel together we would find an Irish Pub and have a "black & tan" and talk about the Cleveland Indians, the Colorado Rockies, and solve all the problems of the world while enjoying our beer and each others company. Debbie and I will miss him.
Submitted by Matt Raia on May 5 2017 08:42:01 PM
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