Richard E. Dow of New Bern, N.C. died peacefully at home on October 26 at the age of 67, after a courageous 15-year battle against prostate cancer. He is survived by his devoted wife, Rosemary Vogel Dow, his sons Richard (Michelle) of Sanborton, N.H., and Michael (Kelley) of Akron, Ohio.
He also leaves his adored grandchildren, Trevor and Kaitlyn of Akron. He is also survived by his sisters Marceen (Kevan) of Vineyard Haven and Barbara O’Keefe of St. Petersburg, Fla. And numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was predeceased by his parents, Richard and Barbara Dow of Vineyard Haven, a sister, Lisa Dow Tobin of South Easton and Oak Bluffs, and his in-laws Leonard and Gertrude Vogel of Tiverton, R.I.
Dick was a graduate of Fitchburg State College and went on to a long career as a beloved Industrial Arts/Industrial Technology teacher in The Acton-Boxboro Schools. He was also an extremely successful track and field coach, winning multiple local, county, and state championships. Just this past week he was honored with the dedication of the Acton-Boxboro Track and Field in his name. He was also a well-known track and field coach at Northeastern University and The College of the Holy Cross.
Dick and Rosemary were “summer kids” in Oak Bluffs, spending many carefree years with their large extended families. His razor-sharp, riotous wit and family loyalty will be sorely missed.