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Richard Davis Herrick

Richard Davis Herrick, 94, a resident of Cornerstone at Hampton, NH, died February 4, 2022 at Portsmouth Regional Hospital after a short period of declining health.

Born in Malden on June 1, 1927 son of the late Charles and Lillian (Davis) Herrick. The family relocated from Melrose to an old farm on Old Right Road in Ipswich in 1938. Dick attended Ipswich schools, graduated from the Huntington School for Boys in Boston and then on to attend Lowell Technical Institute. He went on to employment as a dye chemist at his father’s business, Union Color and Chemical Co., Inc. in Boston. With the death of his father he assumed the running of the company until his retirement.

In 1948 he married his high school sweetheart, Patricia M. Moynahan and made their home in Ipswich. A member of the Ipswich Bay Yacht Club, his family spent many a weekend going to Sandy Point, Crane Beach or the Isle of Shoals on the Misty. In 1967, they moved to The Ledge on Clark Point in Wolfeboro, NH. On Lake Winnipesaukee the family enjoyed sailing his 210 and racing (against himself), cruising around in his classic 1928 Chris-Craft, The Patrician, ice fishing, skeet shooting and flying his Piper Cub Cherokee and a float plane. The family enjoyed many years of every weekend travel to North Conway. Dick was a life-long skier. He raced several years with the Mountain Meisters at Mt. Cranmore, NH. He also enjoyed riding to the hounds with the Wentworth Hunt and competed throughout New England on various horses in the sport of Eventing. In addition to these sports, he also enjoyed photography, scuba diving, tennis, cribbage, backgammon and Scrabble. He was an avid reader and was able to consume books until he passed away. For decades and until recently, he traveled in the autumn with good friends to “Tomah”, their camp in northern Maine that was originally established by their fathers. In his later years, he was content to simply rest on a tree stump with his rifle, eating brownies and observing the wildlife. Annually, in the spring, he fished on the Mirmachi River in New Brunswick, Canada, and enabling him to keep the freezer full of his successful salmon catch. Dick was a lover of nature and wildlife of all kinds. In his later years he was a volunteer warden for the Piping Plovers on Plum Island. Traveling was another love of his. He and the family spent many years going to the Bahamas, Grand Cayman and the Florida Keys. Sharing a house with his children and grandchildren in Marathon, Florida, they fished, swam and explored in their boat giving them all a life of cherished memories. Again later in life he stayed closer to home and sailed on Mixed Nuts on Lake Winnipesaukee, or boated on the Parker River.

Dick is survived by two daughters, Ann H. Causey and her husband Robert of Ipswich, Lisa A. Herrick of Center Harbor, NH; two sons, Peter W. Herrick of Ipswich and Hawthorne, FL, Charles W. Herrick II and his wife Jean of Amesbury; four grandchildren, John H. Pynchon and his wife Elizabeth of Ipswich, Henry W. Pynchon and his wife Jessica of Beverly, Allison Bowers and her husband Robert of Whitesboro, NY, Bradley C. Herrick and his wife Devin of Newbury; four great grandchildren, John R. and Lillian D. Pynchon of Ipswich, Penelope A. Pynchon of Beverly and Robbie C. Bowers of Whitesboro, NY; a brother John A. Herrick and his wife Vilma of Cape Elizabeth, ME; a niece and six nephews. He was predeceased by his former wife, Patricia M. Quint and his sister, Jean Powers of Ipswich.

Dick graciously made an Anatomical Gift Donation to Tufts Medical School to further the education of the next generation of physicians and related fields of study. A memorial service and internment at Linebrook Cemetery, in Ipswich, will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home of Ipswich.

Please consider making a donation in Dick’s memory to The Trustees of Reservations, The Massachusetts Audubon Society, Squam Lake Natural Science Center in Holderness, NH, or a charity of your choice.

He is missed and forever loved.


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