Porter, 81, husband of Barbara M. (Marcotte) Porter of Linebrook
Road, Ipswich, died Friday, April 4, 2014 in the Brentwood
Rehabilitation Center, Danvers following his long illness.
He was born in
Salem on January 15, 1933, son of the late Frank C. and Clara
H. (SentkowskI) Porter. He spent his childhood in Salem,
graduating from Salem High School with the Class of 1951.
Following graduation he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and traveled
the world on aircraft carriers during the Korean War. He often
recalled with fondness his days in the navy, enjoying the travel
and friendships that he made. After his discharge, he went back
to school and began work in the airline industry as an aircraft
mechanic. He worked for Northwest Orient, Pan Am, Capitol
Airlines, and finally Mohawk Airlines, which merged with, and
was eventually renamed, US Airways. Richard married Barbara
Marcotte in 1958 and they shared 55 years together, raising 3
sons, Scott, David, and Robert, and enjoying time with their
grandchildren, Elizabeth, Joshua, and Alexa. Following his
retirement in 1993, Richard and Barbara spent many happy times
traveling on cruises and other vacations. He also enjoyed his
time reading, and spending time on his many other hobbies.
Richard enjoyed his family and friends, loved animals
(especially dogs) and had a devilish sense of humor. He will be
service will be held 10 am Friday, April 11 in the
Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High Street, Ipswich, followed
by interment with Military Honors in the Cowles Memorial
Cemetery, Ipswich. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed.
Visiting hours will be Thursday 5 to 8 pm.