Colonial Parking founder Richard Hatfield, 89

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Colonial Parking founder Richard “Dick” Hatfield has died. He was 89.

Hatfield, who was born in Hazleton, PA., started his first business at the age of 19 as the owner-operator of a service station in Allentown, PA.

After spending two years serving in the Army, he returned to the service station business in Allentown.

In 1956 Hatfield founded  Colonial Parking, Inc. with one parking lot in Allentown, PA.  Colonial, which celebrated its 65th anniversary,  grew into a parking service and commercial real estate company with holdings in the mid-Atlantic region.

Hatfield served as President of the National Parking Association and was recognized with a lifetime leadership award.

He served on the boards of several organizations, including the Rotary Club of Wilmington, the Committee of 100, Elwyn Institute, Artisans Bank, and the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce.

A visitation with the family will be held at McCrery & Harra Funeral Home, 3924 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE 19803 on Sept. 16 from  3 p.m. until  5 p.m.

A memorial service will be held at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1502 W. 13th Street, Wilmington, on September 17 at 1 p.m. After the service, the family will receive guests at a reception at the church. Interment at Lower Brandywine Presbyterian Church Cemetery will be private.

In support of scholarships for Wilmington youth, the family suggests memorial contributions in Dick’s name be made to Rotary Club of Wilmington Educational Foundation, PO Box 685, Wilmington, DE 19899.

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You can view the full death notice here.

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