June 5 – Happy Birthday Dick Betz

rbetz2It is not an exaggeration to refer to Dick Betz as one of the most well liked Amsterdam natives of his generation. He was much loved and respected by so many students fortunate enough to have had him for political science during the 33 years he taught that subject in the Greater Amsterdam School District. Ditto for the hundreds of student athletes he coached in golf and wrestling. He also became a mentor to many young Amsterdam educators who strived to emulate the vitality he injected into the learning process. He was a popular member of the Muni Golf Course and a much respected advocate for the facility.  Although he did not take as active a role in his family’s business as his Dad, Mom and Brothers, he was definitely a key component in the funeral home’s legacy for caring and compassion. Perhaps the greatest testament to how much he cared about this community and the people in it was the fact that after he retired from teaching, he didn’t leave. Instead he continued to help so many folks of all ages feel better and get healthier via his involvement with Healing Touch and yoga. Whenever you saw this guy anywhere, he had a smile on his face and kind, encouraging words coming out of his mouth. He was a bright positive light in a community that was combating the darkness of negativity.  I regret very much that I never had the opportunity to regularly interact with Dick Betz because everyone I know who did, enjoys the memory of that relationship. His death in 2012 was a shock to the Wife and family he adored and to the thousands of lives he touched in very positive ways.

Dick Betz shares his birthday with this longtime co-owner of a popular Division Street restaurant.

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