Richard Louis Tenace, 54, of Potsdam

Richard Louis Tenace, 54, passed away unexpectedly at his home on October 13, 2020.
Richard Louis Tenace, 54, passed away unexpectedly at his home on October 13, 2020. (Source: Funeral Home)

POTSDAM, N.Y. (WWNY) - Richard Louis Tenace, 54, passed away unexpectedly at his home on October 13, 2020.  Due to NYS COVID-19 restrictions, his family will honor his life privately. Arrangements are entrusted to Hammill Funeral Home in Winthrop.

Richard was born on March 19, 1966 in Schenectady NY, son of Louis and Sharon (Meyers) Tenace.  He graduated from Schalmont High School in Rotterdam NY. After High School he went to Sarasota FL to train as a Barnum and Bailey Circus Clown (Corky the Clown). Richard completed training and then became a member of the graduating class at the renowned The Second City Theater Company in Chicago IL and received a Bachelor’s in early education from Ashford University.  He married Patricia Daigh in Chicago, a union blessed with a son, Jonathon Louis Tenace.  The marriage ended amicably. He married Marguerite S. “Suzy” Reeves on September 27, 2002 in Rotterdam NY. They embraced each other’s children, family, and friends.  They were true partners in life.

Richard lead an extraordinary life: He was a magician, a Circus Clown for Barnum and Bailey, a Mentalist, a published author, was a semi-professional wrestler in the Rochester area known as Truman P. Wellington III (playing the villain), was an announcer and actor at the Gaslight Village Theater, while in the Albany area, he was a Manager at The Costumer where he was their mascot, known as Vampy the Vampire. He was an actor in many local commercials. In Potsdam, NY he was an Apartment Manager at Swan Landing and Meadow East.  He followed his faith at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Potsdam, where he was a Leader in many positions, his most enjoyed positions were Branch President in Massena, and Seminary teacher.

Surviving Richard is his parents Louis and Sharon (Meyers) Tenace, wife, Suzy, his children; Jonathon Louis Tenace of Albany, Nichelle and Jonathan Burnett of Winthrop, Johnathan and Sophia Nickell of Potsdam, Tearsa and Matt Green of Willard, UT, Tiffany and Jacob Roome of Madrid and Amber-Rose and Tim Colbert of Norwood, his grandchildren; Truman Burnett, Lydianna Burnett, Peace Kang, Christian Jonathan Burnett (dec), Tristan Nickell, Ivie Nickell, Jace Green, Jocelyn Green, Mason Roome and Quinley Colbert. His two brothers, Louis Tenace and Mark Tenace, his sister, Libby and Larry Conboy, a special niece, Molly Tenace, as well as many other nieces, and nephews.

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