The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

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December 28, 2011

Richard W. ‘Dick’ Ehrlich

Optical-store manager had lifelong interest in Scouting

---- — Richard W. “Dick” Ehrlich, Sharon, passed away unexpectedly at 3:26 p.m. Monday, Dec. 26, 2011, in the hospital of Sharon Regional Health System. He was 84.

Dick was born July 19, 1927, in Pittsburgh, a son of Anthony H. and Mary Felix Ehrlich.

He attended St. Joseph’s School in Pittsburgh. He left school to serve in the Medical Corps of the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict.

Dick retired in 1989 after 25 years as the assistant manager of Beitler-McKee Optical in Sharon and Pittsburgh. After retiring from Beitler-McKee, Dick had been employed for the past 20 years at Sharon Family Optical in the Greenville and Sharon offices.

Dick was a member of St. Joseph’s Church, Sharon.

As a very active member of American Legion Post 299, Sharon, he was involved in providing funeral detail for fallen comrades with the honor guard. He was also a member of Catholic War Veterans and Korean War Veterans.

Dick was very active in Boy Scouts. He joined Boy Scout Troop 259 Silver Tip, Pittsburgh in 1939 and earned the rank of First Class Scout. He was assistant scoutmaster of Troop 233 and 259 Silver Tip District from 1948-50; governor of Hill Top Moose 151 in Pittsburgh from 1962-63; president of Sharon American Little League from 1981-82; Webelos leader of Pack 1 at St. Joseph’s Church from 1982-85; member of Troop Committee from 1982-92; and unit commissioner for Seneca District, Allegheny Trail, from 1986-89.

Dick received many awards through his years of service in the Scouting, such as the Den Leader Award in 1983; District Award of Merit and St. George Award, both 1984; Scouter’s Training Award, 1985; Commissioner Arrow Head, 1986; Scouter’s Key and Wood Badge Training, both 1987; Wood Badge Beads, 1989; District Chair Person for Scouting For Food, 1990 and 1992; and Silver Beaver Award, 1992.

He was on the Cub training staff of Seneca District Allegheny Trail Council and training staff of Cub and Boy Scout Custaloga District.

Dick is survived by: his wife, the former Betty Ann Matters, whom he married Oct. 3, 1953; a daughter, Susan M. and her husband Robert S. Cairns, Chester Gap, Va.; four sons, Richard W. Ehrlich, Sharon; George A. Ehrlich and his wife Mary Kay, Manassas, Va.; Matthew C. Ehrlich and his wife Ada, Sharpsville; and Chuck P. Ehrlich, Manassas; a sister, Marion Reich, Pittsburgh; seven grandchildren, Geoffrey, Katherine and Colleen Ehrlich; Michael, Mindy and Robert Cairns; and Valery Hamilton Hudson; and a great-grandchild.

Dick was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Mildred McCulough cq; and three brothers, Francis S. Ehrlich; and twins, Henry and Joseph Ehrlich.

Memorial contributions can be made to Boy Scouts of America, 1325 W. Walnut Hill Lane, Irving, TX 75015-2079.

Calling hours: 4 to 7 p.m. Friday (12-30-11) in J. BRADLEY McGONIGLE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY Inc., 1090 E. State St., Sharon. Friends may e-mail condolences by visiting

Service: Mass of Christian burial at 10 a.m. Saturday (12-31-11) in St. Joseph’s Church, Sharon, with the Rev. Glenn R. Whitman, pastor, as celebrant.

Entombment: St. Rose Cemetery, Hermitage.

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