The son of Byron and Jennie (Bowen) Paull, he lived much of his life on Colebrook Road in Little Compton, and the last few years of his life at Heritage Park in Tiverton.
He was born June 2, 1925, in Westport. In his early years he worked for various farmers and businesses in the Westport, Little Compton, Tiverton area. For over 45 years he worked on Long Highway for the Wilkie family — first for Chet Wilkie at the service station and construction company, and later for Chet Wilkie Jr., owner of Wilkie Excavating.
Richard was a staunch companion of the Little Compton Volunteer Fire Department, storing the tanker truck and antique fire truck for many years in his Colebrook Road garage. He also maintained the mechanical needs of the fire truck and other department vehicles.
His other great interest was stock car racing. His red 1935 Ford coach, Number 242, was a contender for many years at Seekonk Speedway.
He was also a fan of tractor pulling and was a member of the Little Compton Tractor Pullers’ Association, attending every event and competing with his recognizable blue tractor.
Richard was predeceased by his mother, father and sister Doris. He was interred with his mother and sister at Pleasant View Cemetery, Tiverton.
A memorial service for Lightning will be held at Acoaxet Chapel, Howland Road, Westport, on Saturday, April 20, at 2 p.m.