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Richard Henry Lancaster Sr.

Obituary
February 27, 1931 - April 28, 2021
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Dad’s life as a Mainer began in Brunswick on February 27, 1931, the son of Donovan and Florence (LaPointe) Lancaster.  He attended Brunswick schools, graduated from Hebron Academy, and attended University of New Hampshire where he was a member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity.

Serving in the U.S.Army during the Korean Conflict, Dad was stationed in Heilbron Germany.  Upon completion of his military service he worked for S.S.Pierce in Boston, it was there he met the love of his life, Carolyn Kingsbury.

Married on October 12, 1956 in Watertown MA, they honeymooned through New England and made their first home in Rockland, MA.  Dad went to work for New England Telephone in Boston, a career that spanned 34 years.

Dad transferred back to Maine in 1960 to coordinate telecommunications for Maine military accounts. Next assigned to the Maine Sales Staff Office in Portland, then Augusta, he was instrumental in establishing the Maine State Lottery Network, Maine State Police communications network and local 911 emergency reporting systems.

In 1985 Dad became the Pioneer Administrator of the Jasper N. Keller Chapter and he held that position until his retirement in 1990.  He loved his work with the Pioneers as he worked with the Maine Special Olympics, Pinetree Society for the Handicapped Summer Camp, Camp Susan Curtis, Togus Veteran’s Hospital, Veterans Cemetery Program,  Lifeline Program at Mid Coast Hospital and the Infant Hearing Assessment Program at Parkview Hospital. 

A lifelong volunteer, he was actively involved in the Brunswick community as a member of the Brunswick Rotary Club, Brunswick Area United Way, President of the Brunswick High School Athletic Boosters, St. Charles Church Parish Council President, Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program from its inception, and Mid-Coast Hospital.  He was also a 4th Degree member of the Knights of Columbus Sekenger Council and a communicant of St. Charles Borromeo Church where he had been an usher/greeter at the 8:00am Sunday Mass.

We could always count on Dad, he was a constant presence, always appreciating the life we shared.  Working hard, he made time each August to take us on vacations to Sebago Lake, Lake Winnipesaukee, and Rangeley Lake. 

His dedication to his family extended to his four grandchildren, attending school and sporting events, he was the very best Gramps/Papa. He was so very proud that each of his grandchildren completed their college educations, two obtaining their master’s degrees.

Dad maintained an abundant vegetable garden; he took part in numerous rounds of golf and was always up for a fishing trip to Tim Pond in Eustis.  Travel with our mom took them to San Francisco, Panama Canal, Bermuda, France, and England and their 40th wedding anniversary cruise to Alaska.  For over 15 years they spent time on the west coast of Florida, eventually landing in Naples.

Mom passed in 2011 and Dad missed her every day.  Supported by family and friends, he found his way to continue a full and meaningful life.  In 2016, Dad moved to Coastal Landing Retirement Community.  Beano, cribbage, and ice cream twice a day, he enjoyed his new home while continuing to take part in family events, reminiscing about the good old days. 

This past year was tough and declining health (not declining spirit) required a move to Thornton Hall where Dad turned 90.  He touched many in a short period of time and he greatly appreciated all who supported him daily.

Although challenged by memory loss he remembered the thing that was most important to him, family.

Dad passed away peacefully on April 28, with family by his side, joining our mom who was patiently waiting for him. 

Those who predeceased Dad were his parents, in-laws Kenneth and Anne Kingsbury, sister and brother-in-law Janice and Peter Bastow, brother in-law Henry Bouchard and sister in-law and brother in-law Barbara and Norman Audet.

Survived by his son, Richard Jr. and his wife Mary of Brunswick, grandchildren Jordan of Brunswick and Brett of Nantucket.  His daughter Anne and her husband Tim Morong of Phippsburg, grandchildren Joseph Clancy III and Kayla Morong.  Sister Joan Bouchard as well as many nieces and nephews.  Dad was fortunate to have many childhood friends still in Brunswick, although out of sight this past year, he spoke of them often, with fond memories.

Our family thanks all who have touched our Dad’s life with patience, a kind word, those who sat to chat just a bit longer, offering up a smile or a hello, especially over this last year. You know who you are, your kindness did not go unnoticed, you made a difference.

Dad will be remembered as a true gentleman, a kind man with a sense of humor he liked to share.  He enjoyed simple things and appreciated all that everyone did for him.

His family is extremely grateful for those who welcomed him at Coastal Landing, Thornton Hall, and the amazing assistance offered to him by CHANS and Hospice. 

A private family service graveside will be held at a future date.

Memorial donations may be made in his memory and to honor his dedication to Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program, 84A Union Street, Brunswick, ME 04011.

Arrangements are by Stetson’s Funeral Home 12 Federal St. Brunswick where memorial condolences may be expressed at stetsonsfuneralhome.com