Thursday, March 19, 2009


Richard Keith (Dick, Big Coach) McPhie, 67, passed away early Wednesday morning, March 18, 2009. He was born April 27, 1941.

Dick attended Lorain St. Mary’s grade school, and graduated from Borromeo Seminary High School in 1958. He graduated from John Carroll University in 1967 and began a long teaching and coaching career (football, basketball and track) at many Cleveland area high schools. He retired from teaching in 2007 but remained as a football coach at his beloved Brunswick High School where he coached the offensive line for the last 20 years to several undefeated seasons and numerous conference and divisional championships, including a state runner-up finish in 1995. Dick will be remembered for his quick wit and his undying loyalty to his family and friends. In his spare time, he enjoyed fishing and golf.

He is survived by his mother, Eileen McPhie, his brothers, Gus (Mary), Joe (Maribeth), Jim (Toni Furci), Bob (Vicki), Bill (Barb) and his sister, Cathie (Herb Watling)

Also, “Uncle Dick” will be missed by nephews and nieces Christi, Laurie, Michael, Molly, Brian, Sarah, Matt, Chris, Megan, Brian, Katie and Colleen and 10 great nephews/nieces. He was preceded in death by his father, Malcolm, and nephew Brett.

The family will receive friends at Reidy-Scanlan-Giovannazzo Funeral Home, 2150 Broadway, Lorain, OH 44052, (440) 244-1961 on Sunday, March 22 from 2-6 PM.

Prayers will be held 9:20 AM on Monday at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10 AM, Monday, March 23 at St. Mary of the Lake, 310 8th Street, Lorain, OH 44052, Fr. Daniel O. Divis, Pastor, officiating. Interment Calvary Cemetery, Lorain.

Memorial donations may be made to American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454 Alexandria, VA 22312.


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