Writer and photographer Dee Richard, a well-known figure in Queens social, political and business circles, died Tuesday at age 86.
Richard wrote the column “Dishing with Dee” for the TimesLedger newspaper group and took society page-style photos of the many events she attended. She previously had worked for the Queens Tribune and, briefly, the Queens Chronicle.
Richard’s second to last column, which appeared last week, began by talking about Mother’s Day and those who have died. “They say you never really die until there is no one left who remembers you,” Richard wrote, which in her case means she will live on for some time.
Tributes to Richard, who lived in Beechhurst, were issued by several elected officials Wednesday. Borough President Helen Marshall offered condolences on behalf of Queens’ residents and said Richard was a “welcome presence” who “seemed to be everywhere every day.”
Richard is survived by her husband, Jim Darmos, TimesLedger Editor Roz Liston said in announcing her death.