Richard David Ballou, Sr., 78, died Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor. Born in Providence, he was the son of Leroy Clifton and Nancy (Dumican) Ballou.
A 1952 graduate of East Providence High School, Dick attended Norwich University in Vermont for three years where he studied electrical engineering. He also served in the Rhode Island National Guard for ten years. In 1953, he married Patricia Ann Healy in Taunton.
A construction foreman supervisor for New England Telephone Company, Dick oversaw many projects throughout New England in his 30 years there.
In Rhode Island, Dick enjoyed cruising with family and friends on his 46’ Pacemaker Sport Fisherman in the waters of Narragansett Bay and around Block Island. He looked forward to the annual tuna tournaments held in Point Judith with his co-captains, Bill Feeney, Charlie Hall, Jack Sheehan, Ernie Allen and Arthur Ballou.
Dick spent as much time as possible at his hunting and fishing camp in Vermont with his best friends, Kent Gooding, Jim Whitehead, Burt Batty, John Rodgers, Ed Durfee, Jay Frazier, and Alan Duhamel.
In 1985, they moved to Lincolnville, Maine, where together with their sons, built The Black Horse Inn and several family homes. He enjoyed serving on the Route 1 Commission which planned and followed the Lincolnville Beach area revitalization project several years ago.
Surviving is his wife of 61 years, Patricia Ballou; sons, Richard D. Ballou, Jr. and his wife, Karen (Feeney); Gary S. Ballou; Scott J. Ballou; grandchildren, Matthew S. Ballou; Nicole E. Ballou; Stephanie L. Ballou; Jason R. Ballou; Ashley Ballou; Colby Ballou; Molly B. Ballou; greatgrandchildren, Tucker S. Taylor Ballou; Aiden C. Ballou Grace; Jaxon Ballou; Madison Ballou; sister, Suzanne (Ballou) Rodgers; nephew David S. Rodgers; nieces, Kerry (Rodgers) Elmasian; Nancy (Rodgers) Palumbo; seven great-nieces and great-nephews. He was predeceased by his parents and his son, Robert S. Ballou.
Services will be held in Rhode Island and will be announced in the spring. If desired, memorial donations may be made in his memory to PAWS, P.O. Box 707, Rockport, ME, 04856.
Condolences may be shared with the Ballou family by visiting their book of memories at www.longfuneralhomecamden.com. Arrangements are with the Long Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Camden, ME.