September 20, 1966 - June 17, 2012 Resided in Garfield, NJ
Richard Wayne Lee joyful servant of God devoted husband and beloved son, uncle and brother was called home to rest on June 17, 2012 at the age of 45.
Richard was born to Lcida Young and John Lee on September 20, 1966 in Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies, where he was raised with loving care as the fifth of seven children. Richard was a very studious and obedient child. He feared beatings life all boys but that was not the real reason he always endeavored to take the right course. He had a joyful heart, and at age twelve he attended a tent revival service, surrendered his life to Christ and was immediately filled with the Holy Ghost. He was later baptized and became a member of the Wildman Street United Pentecostal Church (UPC) under the leadership of Pastor Samuel Stewart in Kingston, Jamaica. He was raised with his mother and stepfather Leroy Johnson who instilled in young Richard the importance of education. As a child Richard always dreamed and aspired to achieve great things and he always took the initiative to organize future plans for the family. He attended Franklin Town Primary School, Vaauxhall Secondary School and was later accepted to the prestigious Saint George's High School.
His outstanding performance in high school earned him admission to the University of the West Indies (UWI) where he achieved even grater academic success and became a star honor student known affectionately as "Professor Lee" by colleagues and students alike. While working full-time at the University Richard completed the Certificate in Management studies (CMS), Bachelor of Arts Degree (BA) with honors, Bachelor of Laws Degree (LLB) with honors, Post-Graduate Certificate of Legal Education, Council of Legal Education (CLE) and was admitted to the Jamaica Bar as an Attorney At Law in 1977. His passion for education was insatiable and compelled him to complete the Masters Degree in Public Administration (MPA) at Baruch College in New York City.
Richard visited the United States in 1989 and met the love of his life, then Evangelist Gale Sampson, while in flight to the US. They were married in 1990 while he completed his studies at UWI in Barbados, West Indies. Upon completion of his studies, he joined his wife in the US and practiced law in three practice areas. He covered real estate, which involved mortgage re-financings, closings and foreclosures, estate planning work on for wills, surrogate proceedings, guardianship and incompetent proceedings and family law involving child support, custody and divorce cases. He was skilled in the perceptive direction of research and devising trial and pretrial strategies. His oratory skills were exceptional and he adored the drama of court room presentations. Richard was a member of the Norman Manley Law School Debating Team and won several debating competitions including a tournament Princeton University in the US and the World Cup Debating Competition in Cape Cod Town, South Africa.
Richard's love for God and the ministry was evident in everything that he did. His life was Christ-centered from his youth until the time of his passing. His leadership role in the Body of Christ began at Wildman Street's UPC, where he served as President of the Brotherhood Department. In 1989 he was ordained as a Minister and not long after that he was promoted to the office of an Elder under the leadership of Bishop N. Bolton, DD, of the Church of Jesus Christ the Lord Inc., New Jersey, USA. He served in several ministerial offices including; President of the Building Fund Department, Vice President of the Youth Department and Church Administrator. His service included the music ministry. During his early years in the Church, Bro. Lee was told by a former choir director that he could not join the choir because his voice was not good enough. Little did the director know that those words only galvanize Richard to make even more joyful noises unto the Lord. He was a worshipper and loved to sing and worship for hours at a time, he was never too tired to sing. In fact even as he slipped into unconsciousness during his illness, he was humming the songs of Zion. One of his favorites was "Oh Yes He Cares…I Know He Cares".
He was a dynamic preacher and a wellspring of encouragement to saints and unbelievers alike. His great sense of humor and affable personality endeared him to many. Elder Lee was a good friend and confidant to friends and brethren. He always saw the positive side of every situation.
He leaves morn: His wife of 22 years, Bishop Gale Sampson-Lee, mother, Lcilda Johnson, fathers, Leroy Johnson and John Lee, sisters, Angela and Marie, brothers, Barry, Christopher, Dale and Wayne, nieces, Tiffany, Tonya, Swayne, Sarah, Alexa, Kiana, nephews, Marvin, Nicholas, Phillip, Brandon, great-nephews, Romero, Ziare, aunts, Esther, Vadney, Louise, and Laurleen, uncles, David and Pauline, cousins, Marlene, Eddie, Gloria, Jennifer, Jefton, Bobby, Sandra, Susan, Lorna, Jean, Sandra Young, and a host of other relatives, saints and friends.
Elder Richard Lee was dearly loved and will be sorely missed by his loving wife and family. His memory will live on forever in our hearts. May his soul rest in peace.