Richard (R.J.) Salisbury

October 4, 1941 - March 5, 2021

Richard (R.J.) Salisbury, March 5, 2021 of North Fort Myers, FL passed peacefully after a short battle with pneumonia and heart failure. 

R.J. had a thirst for life and adventure, he loved his family, his friends, his cars, and driving, but most of all he loved people and sharing his stories with anyone who would listen. He was a member of the Mad River Club and walked every inch of their property at one point or another.  He was a Navy Veteran, and proud to have served during the Cuban Missile crisis. He was a skilled car mechanic and could bring almost any car back to life. He would give the shirt off his back to those in need and he loved his family above all else.  No matter what name you knew him by: Richard, R.J., Jim, Dad, Granddad, Great Granddad, or a friend; we will all miss him. 

He is survived by his two sisters, Phyllis (Leon) Ilnitzki and Marge (David) Thomas; his two daughters, Tina Boots, and Heather (Edward) Schwab; three grandchildren, Casey Boots, Danielle Boots, and Zachary Schwab; as well as one great granddaughter, Evelyn Moore.

He is pre-deceased by his sister, Norma Kastler, brother William Drury; as well as his parents, Richard and Louise Salisbury. 

A memorial service will be announced at a later date in Syracuse, New York.

Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care.


  1. Stephen Miller Mar 9, 2021 at 11:38 am

    R.I.P. RJ, I’ll miss you.

  2. Edna Weber Mar 9, 2021 at 5:23 pm

    Rest in peace Jim and say give Bob a hug for me.

  3. Stan Lyons Mar 11, 2021 at 9:50 am

    You said it well. RJ was all those things. RIP.
    Co- worker and friend, Stan

  4. kenneth burd Mar 11, 2021 at 6:38 pm

    Dick’s friends at the Mad River Club are sorry to here about his passing. If you could let us know when the memorial services are would be appreciated.

  5. Joan Standfast Mar 18, 2021 at 2:44 pm

    I will remember my friend R. J as a kind , family loving man. May his memory be a blessing to all who knew him.

  6. Bart Taylor Mar 26, 2021 at 6:21 pm

    RJ was kind, helpful and friendly. I will remember him in my prayers.

    Co-worker and friend. Bart

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