Joseph Richard “Dick” Chiara
Joseph Richard “Dick” Chiara of Mandeville passed away peacefully on Saturday November 23, 2019. He was born on November 30, 1933 in Cleveland OH, to Joseph M. and Mary Jane (DuBrosky) Chiara
Dick is survived by his beloved wife of nearly 60 years, Geraldine (Huhn) Chiara; his children Mary Anne Chiara of Fort Pierce, FL, Patricia Chiara Grimes of Cary, NC, Claire Elizabeth Chiara of Tallahassee, FL and Catherine Rose Chiara of Mandeville, LA, grandchildren Max and Samantha Corbin, Benjamin and Sarah Grimes, Dylan Andrews, and great-grandchildren Brynn Corbin and Grayson Britt. He is also survived by his brother Kenneth Chiara of Farmington, MI and his sister Mary Jo Chiara of Cleveland, OH, as well as several nieces and nephews.
Dick grew up in the Shaker Heights area of Cleveland OH with a love of baseball, good food, and jazz music. After a brief stint in the US Army, Dick moved to New Orleans where he met the love of his life, Geraldine. They were married in April of 1960. With his passion for Big Band jazz music, Dick pursued a career as an on-air radio disc jockey for several radio stations throughout the US before joining WLW in Cincinnati, OH under the stage name Max Warner. Dick later went into yearbook sales with the Jostens publishing company as he raised his four daughters in Cincinnati. Dick’s love of music, radio, and good food never faded as he retired back to the New Orleans area in 1995. Dick was an avid cook and a lover of all-things New Orleans. He was a devoted family man and husband, and was loved by everyone who met him.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend the celebration of Dick’s life at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, 312 Lafitte St, Mandeville, LA 70448 at 11:00 AM on Saturday, November 30, 2019. Visitation begins at 10:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Dick Chiara may be made to The Alzheimer’s Association, or The Roots of Music Educational Organization. Please sign the E.J. Fielding Funeral Home online Guest Book at www.ejfieldingfh.com.