A MoRA Founder, Remembered
Richard Stiles Darlington 1943 – 2023
Dick Darlington was foundational. Whatever he chose to spend time on seemed more important, more possible, because of his presence. He hosted some of MoRA’s earliest meetings in his home and inspired our best creativity, our best collaboration. Our fledgling group gathered one evening to explore a ‘proof of concept’ project. Would MoRA prove its worth by securing a much-needed grocery store? By building a gathering place with public art? By imagining the Monroe Road corridor as a community? The energy from that meeting did all that and more. Dick’s spark helped light that flame.
He was a young 80-year-old with boundless curiosity. He was a technology early-adopter and had about every gadget that offered something a little better, was a little more high-tech, or was just more fun.
Dick’s lifelong passion was to end homelessness. He was a steadfast volunteer at Roof Above and the Lion’s Club. He was a mentor and frequently requested chaperone for his church’s youth group trips.
He lived fully engaged, curious about everything and devoted to his interests: genealogy, astronomy, his neighborhood poker group, MoRA. While nothing was more important than his family—his kids, grandkids, and his wife Beverly—he loved sharing time with friends. Telling stories, always stories.
Dick Darlington made us better.
If you wish to honor Richard Darlington’s memory, please consider a contribution to Roof Above.
Monroe Road Advocates (MoRA) is grassroots group of volunteers from Monroe Road neighborhoods, businesses, nonprofits, and schools. We’re connecting community in the corridor from Lupie’s/7th Street to NC-51.