Robert F. Richard
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RDC USN (RET), 87
SOUTH PORTLAND -- Robert F. Richard RDC USN (RET), 87, retired Chief Radar man passed away in South Portland on Nov. 11, 2012.
He was born in Lynn, Mass., on Aug. 31, 1925, the son of Edmund Roy and Annie J. Hopkins Richard. He attended the Lynn, Mass., schools.
He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in July of 1943, starting a long career retiring in 1965, and also retiring from the Portland Water District.
He was awarded The Asiatic Pacific with eight battle stars, the Philippine Liberation with two battle stars, four Good Conduct Medals, the Navy Occupational, National Defense, the Navy Unit Commendation, and the Purple Heart.
Robert served on the USS Wasp CV18 (plank owner) USS Monterey CVL26, USS Coral Sea CVA43, the USS Floyd B. Parks DD884, USS Perkins DD877, U.S. Naval School Command, Treasure Island, Calif., and as a Radar Instructor, at the Naval Reserve Training Center, in South Portland.
Mr. Richard married his wife of 48 years, Ann Richard who passed away on May 5, 2004.
Robert married Anna Roberts Richard on Dec. 21, 2010.
He was life member of the VFW Post 832, American Legion Post 57, life member of the Fleet Reserve Association, Branch 344, served as the president and secretary for many years.
He was predeceased by his parents; and three brothers, Darryl, Hughie and Donald. Mr. Richard is survived by his wife of two years, Anna Roberts Richard; his son, Mason Richard and his wife Sandra; brother, David Richard; and several nephews.
Another of the greatest generation gone.
Visiting hours will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 14, at the Hobbs Funeral Home, 230 Cottage Rd., South Portland. A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15, at the Holy Cross Catholic Church, South Portland. Burial to follow in Calvary Cemetery. Online condolences maybe made at www.hobbsfuneralhome.com.
Contributions may be made
in his memory to the charity
of one's choice.
Robert F. Richard
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Nov. 13, 2012