Richard N. Berry Sr.

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Richard N. Berry, Sr., 102
PORTLAND - Richard N. Berry, Sr. of Tamarlane, Portland, died on Jan. 31, 2018, at the Gosnell House in Scarborough.
He was born Nov. 4, 1915, in Malden, Mass., the son of Edward Robie Berry and Maude Elizabeth Henneberry Berry. He was educated in Malden schools and graduated in 1937 from the University of Maine with a BS in General Engineering.
In 1939 he was elected to the Malden Common Council but resigned to join the Army Corps of Engineers with World War II impending. He attained the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and served in both the European and Pacific theatres of the War and was promoted to full colonel upon retirement.
He was a Certified Professional Engineer, a Registered Geologist, and Registered Land Surveyor. He served six years in the Maine House of Representatives and ten years in the Senate. He served as Majority Floor Leader in the House and Chair of the Appropriation Committee. He was Chair of the Maine Public Water Commission and the State Museum Commission. Significantly, he was the father of three challenging boys.
He was predeceased by his wife, Sylvia Lehr Berry. He is survived by three sons, Andrew, Richard, Jr., and Thomas; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
These bare facts do not do justice to the force of his character. He was a steadfast friend, a formidable opponent and a maddeningly successful cribbage player. He was a gentleman of a kind rarely seen nowdays.

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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Mar. 11, 2018
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