Richard Adrian Amiott



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 ( In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Levine Cancer Institute/Carolinas Health Care, National Parkinson Foundation, or the FBI National Academy Charitable Foundation