Thanks for the Memories, Mr. Springdale

Although we won’t see Rich tooling around in his golf cart this summer, rest assured, the spirit of Mr. Springdale will be among us. Thanks for the memories.

A few short weeks ago, Fenton lost one of it’s most well-known neighbors, Mr. Richard Waser, affectionately known to many locals as "Mr. Springdale", the owner of the Springdale Park and Pool.  I had the honor of celebrating with Rich on the night of my first election.  Over the past few years, I met with Rich and his wife a few times to discuss business, the county and just to catch up.  I was saddened to learn he passed away. 

At his wake, representatives from a variety of local police departments were on hand to pay respects.  You see, Rich invited K-9 trainers and handlers from around the St. Louis area, to train and practice at Springdale Park.  He was the founder of the local PawStoppers organization, which raises money to pay for medical and other expenses of retired K-9 officers.  He truly loved those dogs and the men that worked alongside them.  And they loved him right back.  One of the K-9 officers pinned a gold sheriff's deputy badge on Rich's lapel as a sign of respect and gratitude.           

Rich was also a veteran, and a strong supporter of many veteran support organizations.  Last summer, he hosted a picnic for local service members, veterans and their families with the Jefferson County Military Family Network.

I was also honored to speak with Rich’s two daughters.  One, an accountant, and the other a small business owner. These young women were clearly the pride and joy of their father. In speaking with Rich’s family and friends, one could sense Rich’s steadfast dedication to his family, and to providing a place of enjoyment for local families at Springdale Park and Pool.  Springdale Park and Pool has served Jefferson County for more than 60 years.  I am told that the park and pool will continue to be open in 2013. 

Although we won’t see Rich tooling around in his golf cart this summer, rest assured, the spirit of Mr. Springdale will be among us.  Thanks for the memories.


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angela waggoner February 20, 2013 at 09:13 PM
Glad to know Springdale will live on, sadly without Mr. Springdale. My family and I have enjoyed many a summer afternoon at the park and will truly miss him and his trusty golf cart.... Thanks for the memories Angela Waggoner
james t davis February 20, 2013 at 09:50 PM
He will be truely missed by all that knew him. I've know Rich for many years. I will miss him this year at PawStoppers. Thanks for everything he has done. He will be missed by all.
Kevin McKinley February 20, 2013 at 10:45 PM
Words can not express what a kind hearted person Mr. Rich was. I will miss our Sunday morning talks before the park opened. he was always quick to correct if he disagreed with me. He would always end the conversation with " Well I got to get going I have a feeling we are gonna be busy today." God bless him and all his family.
Jeff Hof February 21, 2013 at 01:52 AM
I had the honor in meeting Rich a couple years ago at Pawstoppers while we had our trucks on display during the auto show. I learned very quickly that he was the type of man whose word meant everything! One night about a year ago I received a phone call from Rich about a idea on having a Family Military day at Springdale Pool after talking for about a hour we had the workings of a great event. We worked for about 6 months with Jaime, Kurt, and others to make it a great day! I would call him freaking out about stuff and he would simply say , " What is the problem?" , I would tell him, " His response was, "I will take care of it done!!" It was a honor to work with him on that event and to become his friend! Last September we had already talked about 2013, he wanted to do more with the disabled veterans!! So we decided this year would do it for Camp Hope! He was excited to start planning on getting the fire trucks, K-9, and everyone else he knew together! Rich touched a lot of people in the community and truly was a honor to know him. He will always be looking over our shoulder telling us "Just get it done!!!" He will be truly missed!! Jeff Hof , The Land of Giants
Gina Youngblood February 21, 2013 at 03:00 AM
I was just a small child when I met Rich and his family. I was the same age as his daughter Jamie. Both of my parents have worked there for over 20 years. I can remember many of long days there while my parents were working. Rich always helped my parents keep my sister and I in line. He treated us like family. I will miss him dearly.


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