Richard M Kamieniecki
Richard Michael Kamieniecki died peacefully at his home in Corte Madera on July 20, 2018 surrounded by his family. Dick was born to Michael and Thelma Uzdavinis Kamieniecki on November 17, 1934 in Nashua, New Hampshire. Dick was well known in San Francisco and Marin business and civic communities.
As a student at Nashua High School, Dick played tennis and was Senior Class President (1952); the first of many leadership positions throughout his life. Dick earned an accounting degree from Bentley College in Boston, and a BS in industrial engineering at Bowling Green University in Ohio.
After graduation, Dick came to San Francisco in 1959, where he worked for the Raytheon Company and joined the Air National Guard. In 1963, Dick and some friends opened the Camelot, a popular pub on Fillmore Street in the Marina. After the Camelot, Dick and partner John Erdmann opened a men’s clothing store on Chestnut Street called the Centurion. They later added a Centurion for women on Chestnut Street and a Centurion for women on Union Street, where he also served a term as president of the Union Street Merchants Association. He was a member of the Dolphin Rowing Club, where he played handball. He married his first wife, Beth in 1965, and after the birth of his son Matthew, Dick and his family moved to Peacock Gap in San Rafael where he served as president of the Peacock Gap Homeowners Association. He also served on the San Rafael Redevelopment Commission for 6 years. Dick moved to Stinson Beach with his second wife Leas in 1983, where he built his dream home in Seadrift. He became General Manager of the Seadrift Association and served as a Commissioner of the Stinson Beach Fire Department for 15 years. Dick also served on the Bolinas Lagoon Technical Advisors Committee and was a founding member of the West Marin Resource Recovery Committee.
Dick will be remembered by his family and friends for many things. First and foremost, for his wit and sense of humor. His love of jazz was a lifelong passion. He was proud of his Polish heritage and his New England roots. Dick loved hiking and the outdoors. Dick loved animals, especially his beloved cats. He was very generous with his charitable contributions, especially those involving animals, the Catholic Church, and humanitarian relief. Above all, Dick was extremely generous with his family and friends and will be remembered always for his quiet kindness and tremendous heart.
Dick is survived by his wife Leas, of Scottsdale, Arizona, his son Matthew of Vancouver, B.C., his daughter Chesha of San Francisco, The mother of his Children, Beth of San Francisco, Sister and Brother-In-Law, Martha and Don Desrochers of North Hampton, New Hampshire, Sister, Elizabeth Stanners of San Quentin Village, Niece and Nephews, Karen, David (Linda) and Michael (Tracey) Desrochers of New Hampshire.
A funeral mass in celebration of Dick’s life was held at St. Patrick’s Catholic church in Larkspur at 11am on Friday, August 10th, 2018 and a Mass in his memory will be held at St. Patrick’s in Nashua at a later date.
Donations may be made on Dick’s behalf to the Humane Society in Nashua or SPCA.