Richard Oski died peacefully in the presence of many of his loved ones on February 16, 2018 in Bryn Mawr, PA at the age of 84.
Richard is survived by daughter, Sarah Oski Hanley (James M.); grandsons David S. Hanley and Kevin J. Hanley; sister-in-law, Barbara Oski Beane; nephew, Jonathan Aram Oski (Betsy); nieces Jane Anoush Oski (Steven Moul) and Jessica Armine Oski and several grand-nieces and nephews. Richard also maintained close life-long connections with his cousins. In addition to his family, Richard sustained important long-term relationships with the Lenard and Jerrehian families. He is preceded in death by his parents Aram and Sara (nee Koshgerian) and his brother, Frank Aram Oski.
Richard was born on September 6, 1933 in Philadelphia, PA. He graduated from Central High School and following his pharmacist father’s footsteps, graduated from Philadelphia College of Pharmacy in 1955. During his time at PCP, Richard was a member of Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity and was a life-long active member of the college’s Alumni Association. Upon graduation, he began working for Merck, Sharp and Dohme. His employment at Merck was interrupted by a stint in the Army Reserves in Korea. After the military, he returned to work at Merck but soon decided to operate his own pharmacy, opening the Weadley Apothecary in Wayne. Richard later sold his pharmacy and worked at Radnor Pharmacy. He worked at both Lankenau Hospital and Bryn Mawr Hospitals until his retirement.
Richard was a member of Delaware County Pharmaceutical Association, and a Fellow of the American College of Apothecaries. He served on the Board of Governors of the Cynwyd Club for more than 40 years and served as President for several terms. Capitalizing on his love of fine dining, he chaired the Food and Beverage committee and oversaw the Membership Committee for many years. Richard also revived the Cynwyd Racquet Newsletter after nearly 20 years of dormancy.
He was loved by many for his quick wit, incredible sense of humor and seemingly endless collection of bad jokes. Richard greatly enjoyed the theatre, Philadelphia sports and summering at the New Jersey shore.
A “Celebration of Life” will be held at the Cynwyd Club at a later date this Spring. Time and date will be posted. Interment will be private. The family would like to thank Josephine Coleman, Roy Burkett and the staff at Bryn Mawr Terrace for care and attention to Richard’s dignity.