Richard Joseph Mackey died peacefully in his sleep on July 2, 2012, surrounded by his loving family in Falmouth, Massachusetts. He was 85 years old.
Richard was born May 4, 1927 on Staten Island, New York, the son of George and Anna Mackey, and brother of Evelyn. In 1944 he left high school to join the U.S. Army’s efforts in WWII. At age 17 he found himself in the Battle of the Bulge where his service in that conflict resulted in his receiving a Bronze Star.
Richard’s early education and training in electronics lead to positions with RCA, working in the emerging field of television. He also worked for an extended period in the government’s missile defense program in White Sands, New Mexico. He went on to hold sales positions with RJ Reynolds and AMF, before accepting a management position with MTI in Latham, New York.
Richard had a lifelong passion for saltwater fishing and successfully competed in many fishing tournaments in the U.S. and other countries.
He was devoted to his family, and he is survived by Kathleen, his wife of 63 years, and his children, Brian, Denis, Richard, George, and Janice, his nine grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren. He is also survived by nine brothers-in-law.
A private service will be held on Martha’s Vineyard.