Richard W. Allen of Speonk passed away on January 20th. He was 85.
Richard was born in Providence, Rhode Island, the oldest of 3 children born to his parents, the late Ruth and Warren Allen of Rumford, Rhode Island. His sister Joan resides in Virginia and he is predeceased by his younger brother Ernie.
Richard served in the United States Coast Guard starting in Groton, Connecticut, then at sea and later stationed at the East Moriches Coast Guard Station. He specialized in communications as a Radioman. While serving in East Moriches, he met Barbara Ann Roschlau.
After serving his four years active duty in the USCG and an additional two years in reserve, Richard and Barbara married and started a family raising their daughter, Lori. He then began his 36 years of employment at the Brookhaven National Laboratory retiring in 1998.
It was in 1969 Richard was elected to membership in the Eastport Fire Department volunteering for 53 years until his passing. He served as the District Secretary for the most recent 19 years. During his time of service & commitment, he had also served as the Secretary of the Fire Department, as a Captain of the Fire Police, and most reverently as a Charter Officer of the Benevolent Association.
Barbara passed away in 2000 yet he is survived by his daughter and her husband Ed Hamor; his grandson Russell Utter and wife Spencer; and his granddaughter Emily Utter. He was their beloved PopPop.
A wake will be held from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Werner Rothwell Funeral Home in Westhampton Beach on Thursday, January 26th. Eastport Fire Department Firematic Service and USCG Funeral Honors will begin at 7pm. There will be a church service at the red brick Remsenburg Community Church on Friday, January 27th, at 11:00 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Eastport Fire Department would be most appreciated by the family.