Richard Oakes


He spent a lifetime turning a wrench with the best of them. As a young man Rich tinkered with cars with his Dad: it inspired him to pursue it as his career. He eventually purchased a shop in Paulsboro, Rich’s Auto. And his love of cars eventually led him to the track: a life best lived at 150 mph, a quarter mile at a time. Quieter moments found him in his yard: as pristine as Longwood Gardens, the birds and deer by his side, mindful of all God‘s creatures. As a member of the West Jersey Radio Control Club he knew the joy of pulling back on the yoke and watching his planes soar to the clouds. He proudly served our nation in the Army.

One day while fixing a car Rich heard the screech and groan of a crash. He ran from the shop to make sure the driver was Ok and offered the lovely Sylvia a ride home. Rich‘s good deed led to romance and a 36 year marriage that even pneumonia couldn‘t stop: they wed in Underwood Hospital. They came together with 6 children: Robyn Hinman (Donald), Michele McNichol (William), Dawn Lippincott (Ronald), Chris Miller (Kristi), Christine Gibbins and Ricky Gibbins. He was later blessed by 15 grandchildren, and 15 great grandchildren. Rich is also survived by a sister, Alice Housel (Ed) and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a sister, Carol Piper .

Come celebrate 76 great years Tuesday from 9 am to 10:30 am at Daley Life Celebration Studio. Service and Burial will be private.

Donations to the Gloucester County Animal Shelter will be appreciated.

4 thoughts on “Richard Oakes

  1. Richard Gibbins-Oakes

    He was a great father and a NDRL raceing legend who said find your own path in life live,love and laugh stay true to your friends and take chances I will miss you dearly until we meet again in Heaven.

  2. The Cole Family

    We are so sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in family and friends (Proverbs 17:17). For additional strength, may you find it in God who cares for you (1 Peter 5:7). Please accept our deepest condolences.

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