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Reynolds Charles “Rock” Cowardin III

Reynolds Charles “Rock” Cowardin III

Reynolds Charles “Rock” Cowardin III, 71, of Henrico, left the dock for the last time on Wednesday, January 30, 2019. Born December 25, 1947, in Richmond, he was preceded in death by his father, Reynolds C. Cowardin Jr.

He is survived by his mother, Elizabeth B. “Annie” Cowardin; daughter, Michelle C. Newcomb (T.L.) and grandchildren, Hannah, Olivia and Sam Joyner; son, Reynolds C. Cowardin IV (Amy) and grandchildren, Gabrielle, Miranda and Zachary; brothers Barry Cowardin of Chesterfield, and Dennis Cowardin of Woodleaf, N.C.; as well as his long time close friend, confidant and fishing partner, Nancy Dean of Middlesex County.

Rock was a 1966 graduate of Hermitage High School. After a long run of living life on the edge, Rock relocated to Richmond in the late 90s occupying his childhood home and providing tireless care for his beloved mother. Rock’s new clarity, focus and determination landed him a position with Belfor USA in February 2007. His skills, amazing talent, knowledge of the construction industry and instilled work ethic were crucial in introducing Belfor USA to the Richmond market. A cancer diagnoses in 2013 was a small setback as he continued to work until the disease and unforgiving effects of COPD began to interrupt his daily tasks. Rock retired in August 2017 as a Senior Project Manager and took great pride in his work and deeply valued the relationships with his Belfor family.

Rock’s family would like to thank the Henrico County Lakeside EMT’s for their skill and courtesy while we balanced all of the early morning hospital visits, the Virginia Cancer Institute (Dr. R. Brian Mitchell, MD, and entire staff), Richmond Pulmonary Associates, and the multitude of doctors and nurses that have provided care over the last three difficult months.

At Rock’s request and as a tribute to his love for the water and his passion for fishing, a Celebration of Life will be held under the warm, sunny skies at the river’s edge in Deltaville. Details to follow at a later date.

Please consider donating in his honor to the Lower Middlesex Volunteer Fire Department (LMVFD), P.O. Box 440, Deltaville, VA 23043.

posted 02.07.2019

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