Richard C. Allen
December 28, 1935 - April 9, 2015
Family and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 from 4 - 6 p.m. A Graveside Service will be held later.
Richard C. Allen 79, longtime resident of Alfred and for the last four years of Newfield, passed away on Thursday, April 9, 2015 at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House in Scarborough. He had suffered a stroke while driving on his daily jaunt to do his errands and visit friends. He was born on December 28, 1935 in Sanford, the eldest son of Kenneth and Pauline Walker Allen. He lived his entire life in the Sanford/Alfred area before moving to Newfield 4 years ago.
He was predeceased by his parents and siblings; Kenneth, Patricia, James and Judith. He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years; Janet, daughter Bonnie and her partner Bob of Waterboro; stepson Mark and his wife Georgette of Limerick; and stepdaughter Ann and her husband Bill of Newfield. He is also survived by five adult grandchildren and their families including nine great grandchildren.
After graduating from Sanford High School in the Class of 54, he entered the United States Air Force and spent four years in various places around the world. He brought back many memories from that experience and made many friends including Floyd “Thorny” Thornton in Turkey. They kept in touch over the years and shared a love of storytelling. Dick worked at Pioneer Plastics then spent many years at various trucking companies before retiring from Kris-Way Trucking. A mechanic at heart, he was most comfortable working on a car or truck as long as it was a MOPAR! He made many friends along the way that he would go and visit. He never forgot the men he worked with and raced with, especially “Buzzy” Stack– driving into Scarborough often to see him. He drove race cars at Beech Ridge as a young man and never tired of watching a good NASCAR race. An avid race fan, Dick and Janet traveled many times to several race tracks across the country. For the last 10 years beloved dog Jazz was his constant companion. He had just said goodbye to Jazz last week.
In 1983, with his wife Janet, they opened the Jordan House Inn in Alfred which in later years became The Blue Door Inn. You would find him most mornings at the kitchen table peeling potatoes for Janet to make into home fries. He always had time to stop and talk with anyone sometimes telling or “retelling” a story often much to Janet’s dismay! An avid lifelong NASCAR fan, Dick and Janet enjoyed many trips to various race tracks and saw many different parts of the country, always enjoying the drive. In 1998, after selling the Blue Door Inn to Mark and Georgette, they traveled in their 5th Wheel to The Farm in Bandera, Texas for several winters before coming home to Alfred. They enjoyed the Texas friends they met there as well as visiting many old friends from Maine who wintered there as well.
These last few years brought many challenges that Dick took in stride. Moving to Newfield to live next door to Ann and Bill gave him new projects to accomplish and more time to relax and sit on the porch telling his stories. He puttered around his garage, building shelves for the quilt shop, and finding new routes to take a ride. His daily jaunts included doing errands and banking for Ann, checking the mail, going to the Dollar Store or Mardens for his “deal of the day” and going to Jason’s garage for some mutual harassment from Scott, Bob, and Jason.
He sometimes would mix it up and go visit longtime friend Gordon Prime to catch up on the politics of Sanford or go to Wendy’s for chili and fries for Jazz! Wherever he went he usually ended up at “coffee” at Dunkin Donuts in South Sanford where for many years he enjoyed visiting with whoever had gathered. They celebrated birthdays and had Christmas parties and generally enjoyed each other’s company and daily storytelling…if you wanted to know what was going on, this was the place to find out the scoop.
The last few months brought many doctors’ appointments, diagnoses and new challenges that Dick faced with grit and determination. He was recently cleared for a new heart valve procedure. He was looking forward to warmer weather and feeling better. On the morning of his accident, he was going for his daily jaunt to make his rounds and do errands. While that was not meant to be, his family will be forever grateful for the care he received in the months before and the days after at Maine Medical Center and the Gosnell House.
The family extends their deepest thanks to the MMC Valve Team, Trauma team and Emergency Room staff. They made making those difficult decisions easier somehow and treated Dick with the utmost respect and care. The family will hold in their hearts comfort, believing that he is now surrounded by Bud and Frank Howes and Dick Gagnon- the “Archie Bunkers” of their generation; just stirring the pot and catching up. He was a Past Master of Fraternal Order of Free & Accepted Masons, Lodge #55 of Alfred. A Masonic service will be held at the burial to be held at a later date.
Family and friends are invited to visit on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 from 4 – 6 p.m. at the Autumn Green Funeral Home, 47 Oak St., in Alfred.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alfred Fire and Rescue, P.O. Box 36, Alfred, ME 04002 or the Animal Welfare Society, P.O. Box 43, West Kennebunk, ME 04094.
The Autumn Green Funeral Home is respectfully handling arrangements.