FHBA Family Mourns Passing of Richard Reynolds

One of the Florida Home Builders Association’s most revered members – Richard Reynolds of Bradenton – passed away May 15, 2016 at age 77 after a lengthy battle with cancer. Reynolds, a professional builder, remodeler, and building code expert, was a Past President of the Manatee-Sarasota BIA and a Life Director of both FHBA and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). He won widespread admiration from his peers for his selfless service, particularly his tireless work monitoring building codes and providing insight and education on wind-mitigation construction practices. For his efforts, FHBA honored him an Eagle Award for career contributions to the home building/remodeling industry, the Dick Baker Award for courage in the face of adversity, the Builder of the Year Award (2009), and the ultimate tribute – induction into the prestigious Florida Housing Hall of Fame (2011). While Reynolds accepted all the accolades in the spirit they were intended, he made it clear that service – not recognition – was his ultimate reward. “I remember him coming back from an FHBA event having won a major award, handing the plaque to me, and asking me to display it the BIA office,” recalls now-retired Manatee-Sarasota BIA Executive Vice President Alan Anderson. “Richard wasn’t interested in bringing attention to himself. Everything he did was for the good of the industry.” FHBA Past President and Flagler Beach builder Barbara Revels described Reynolds as “a loyal friend; a loving, devoted family man; and an excellent builder and scientist who contributed greatly to the study of wind and water effects on building envelopes,” adding “He will be sorely missed.” FHBA President and West Palm Beach builder Ray Puzzitiello called Reynolds “a great man whose positive impact on our industry will be felt for years to come.” Expressions to Richard’s wife Carolyn and the Reynolds family can be made at the web site shannonfuneralhomes.com.

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