Richard “Rick” Stanley Fuller, 74, passed away at Chesapeake Regional Medical Center at 5:30 pm on Monday, January 11, 2021 after a long fought battle with cancer. Rick was born on February 10, 1946 in Salem, Massachusetts to parents Robert Priest Fuller (dec.) and Virginia Isabelle Fuller (dec.). He graduated from Bellevue West High School in 1964 after which he joined the United States Naval Reserves where he served during the Vietnam era from 1966 to 1972. Rick then attended Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with an endorsement in Education. Rick spent the next 30 years as an educator in Norfolk area schools including Mary Calcott Elementary, Jeb Stewart Elementary, and finally concluding his career at James Blair Middle School as a teacher of math and science.
Rick loved to travel and spend time outdoors. He enjoyed sailing, golf, and snow skiing in addition to watching the odd rugby or football game. As an avid snow skier, Rick started his second career as a ski instructor at Wintergreen Resort in Wintergreen, Virginia. Rick spent his time as a ski instructor for the better part of 15 years where he received numerous certifications and Instructor of the Year in 2014. When he wasn’t skiing, Rick could often be found golfing and spent time as a course marshal at the Riverfront Golf Club at his home in Suffolk, Virginia. Ever a man of many talents and a lover of music, Rick also found time to play guitar and harmonica as a relaxing pastime or even during random jam sessions with friends.
Rick loved his family and friends and could often be found with a smile on his face and a joke at the ready. He is survived by his wife 31 years, Susan Fuller, his children Richard C. Fuller, Christian Holbein, and Meredith Holbein-Graves and husband Daniel Graves, his brother Robert Fuller and wife Gwen Fuller as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
A celebration of life will be held in Suffolk, Virginia to honor Rick at a later date upon relaxation of current health and safety regulations. Additionally, a memorial for Rick will be held at Wintergreen Resort at a later date as well.