Richard C. Rycroft, age 88 of Pinehurst, passed away Friday, February 5, 2021 at FirstHealth Hospice House in Pinehurst.

Born in Newton, MA on January 5, 1933 he was a son of the late Clyde and Elizabeth (Cornell) Rycroft.

Richard served in the US Army during the Korean war and later graduated from Boston University with a Masters Degree. He was a lifelong educator, teaching, coaching and administrator with public schools. His real love was coaching basketball and baseball to high school students.

After retirement Richard and his wife Bette moved to North Carolina and eventually settled in Moore County. Richard was always active and enjoyed golf and tennis. Golf was the biggest draw to Moore County. As his health would not allow him to do the things he loved, he spent time at the library and visiting with people.

He was preceded in death by a daughter Lori Rycroft who passed away in 1988.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years Bette L. Rycroft; daughter Joan Guenard of MA; sons Robert Rycroft of CT, and David Rycroft (Lisa) of VA; sister Joan Lowell of FL; grandchildren Nathan and Christopher; great-grandchildren Parker and Emerson.

Memorials may be made to: Sandhills/Moore Coalition for Human Care at

Fry & Prickett Funeral Home is assisting the Rycroft family.

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