Richard Joseph “Rick” Demeri, 66, Ft. Myers, FL, formerly of Sebring, FL, passed away on March 15, 2019 at home surrounded by his loving family.

Rick was born in Queens, NY on May 8, 1952 to Cy and Jean (Baskin) Demeri.

Rick graduated from Bridgewater College with a BS in Sociology and Elementary Education, received his Masters in Elementary Education from Florida International University and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University.  

Rick married the love of his life, Shirley Thomas on July 19, 1975.  Their union welcomed two wonderful sons, Tommy and Eric.  

Rick was a dedicated and well-loved teacher and administrator for the Highlands County School Board for 37 years.  In 2015, Dr. Demeri retired as Principal of Cracker Trail Elementary School.  His greatest pleasure in life was spending time with his family, especially his granddaughters, Savannah Rae, 15, and Paisley Anne, 6.  

Rick is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Shirley (Thomas) Demeri; son, Eric (Kerri), daughter-in-law, Kristin; granddaughters, Savannah and Paisley; three brothers; Robert (Ruth) of Wantagh, NY; Ronald of Brownstown, MI; and Russell (Gina) of Farmingdale, NY; mother-in-law, LaRue Thomas; sister-in-law, Barbara (Doug) as well as many cherished aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.  

He is preceded in death by his parents, Cy and Jean; father-in-law, Evan Thomas; son, Thomas; sister-in-law, Betty Thomas; and grandparents Charles and Betty Baskin and Joseph and Josephine Demeri.