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Richard S. Sallinen, 65
CAMDEN -- Richard Spear Sallinen, 65, of Camden, died on Saturday, March 24, 2012, at Maine Medical Center in Portland after a brief illness.
Born in Rockland on June 10, 1946, he was the son of Wilpas and Eleanor (Spear) Sallinen. Dick enjoyed over 41 years of marriage to his beloved wife, Sharon, and was the loving father of Bethany, Thomas, and Jonathan.
Dick grew up in Rockland and enjoyed many fond memories of summers spent at his family's cottage on Norton's Pond in Lincolnville. As a boy, Dick and his father were actively involved with Boy Scouts, earning the prestigious honor of Eagle Scout. A 1964 graduate of Rockland District High School, he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Education from the University of Maine at Orono in 1968, and his master's degree in Computer Science from Vermont College in 1986.
On Aug. 22, 1970, he married Sharon Thomas of Camden at the Camden First Congregational Church. They were blessed with three beautiful children. He had three grandsons who brought him so much joy. Dick was a devoted and loving husband, father, and grandfather. Dick was easy going, patient, and always placed the needs of his family first. The family will cherish their wonderful memories of Dick who lived his life in a very selfless way.
A dedicated teacher for 31 years, Dick taught math, science, and computer at the Mary E. Taylor Middle School in Camden, retiring in 1998. During the summer months, Dick would often work with his father who owned Sallinen's Auto Body in Rockland, selling used cars and working with customers. Dick also worked with his father-in-law, Howard Thomas, and learned many valuable carpentry skills, which he applied to his own home.
After he retired from teaching, Dick worked for Profile Insurance and Vision Appraisal. For 12 years, he and his wife, Sharon, worked with Brochures Across Maine distributing tourism
Richard S. Sallinen
brochures along the coast of Maine and the central part of the state.
Dick has been an active member of the Rockland Congregational Church for many years. As a youth he had 10 years of perfect attendance in Sunday School. He was a member of the Maine State Teacher's Association, and served on the Board of Trustees for the Talbot Home in Rockland.
Surviving are his wife of 41 years, Sharon T. Sallinen of Camden; their three children, Bethany Sallinen and her fiance John Gaffka of Ann Arbor, Mich., Thomas Sallinen and his wife Stacy of Gorham, Jonathan Sallinen and his girlfriend Patricia Hamm of Hobe Sound, Fla.; his father-in-law, Howard Thomas, a resident at the Maine Veterans Home, Augusta; three beloved grandchildren, Thomas Sallinen Jr., Matthew Sallinen, and Nicholas Sallinen, all of Gorham; a sister-in-law, Patricia Dean and her husband Scott of Bellingham, Mass.; a niece, Kathryn Luedtke, her husband Michael, and children, Owen, Mira and Jack of Bellingham, Mass., a nephew, Gregory Dean of San Francisco, Calif.; and a close cousin, Donald Starr of South Portland. He was predeceased by his parents, Wilpas and Eleanor Sallinen; and his mother-in-law, Claribel Thomas.
Calling hours will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, March 29, 2012, at the Long Funeral Home, 9 Mountain St., Camden. A funeral service followed by a luncheon will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 30, 2012, at the Rockland Congregational Church, 180 Limerock St., Rockland, with the Rev. Seth Jones officiating. Burial will follow in Achorn Cemetery in Rockland. Condolences, photos and memories may be shared with the Sallinen family by visiting their book of memories at
may be made to:
The Make-A-Wish Foundation
477 Congress St., Suite M1
Portland, Maine 04101
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Mar. 28, 2012
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"Dick is surely all that the obituary said about him...He was truly an easy going, patient, and caring..."
- David and Tina Beal
"What a good teacher he was! My prayers go out ot his family. CRHS '81"
- Sue St Clair
"I remember having Dick as a teacher. He was a great person and will be missed. May he rest in peace."
- ted krauss
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