Richard “Dick” Wainwright
August 21, 1935 – February 14, 2021
York, ME (Formerly of Palm Coast, FL and Scituate, MA)
Richard, the son of Edwin and Bertha (Bee) Wainwright was born in Newton, MA and grew up in Needham, MA. He was an avid sportsman at Needham High. After graduation, and a post-grad year at Tilton Academy, he spent two years at Drew University followed by a stint in the U.S. Army where he was stationed in Italy. While in the service, Richard spent his free time working with priests and orphans at St. Dominico, which proved to a life-changing experience. Afterwards, Richard returned home to finish college at Boston University earning national honors and his B.A. in Experimental Psychology and Government. He also studied abroad at the University of Oslo in Norway.
Early in life, Richard took to heart three mottos: 1) Help the other fellow 2) Press on regardless, and 3) Do random acts of kindness. Dick had a career that spanned many vocations that supported his beliefs. He was a teacher, coach, headmaster, entrepreneur, and is mostly notably an award-winning author. Each book is unique and shares a common thread—all of his work focuses on family values and compassion as a way to cope with and overcome a variety of life's challenges.
Richard survived his loving first wife, D’Ann (O’Brien) Wainwright, whom he was married to for 33 years. She passed away from cancer in 1995. He is survived by his wonderful second wife, Judith Wainwright (Smith) and her family: Coleby and Ed Mancini (and young son Matthew); Doug and Peggy Mantz (and their accomplished daughters: Sarah, Kelley, and Maggie). Dick is also survived by his eight Ecuadorian godchildren, including Maria Herrera and Joe Mussato and their children Benjamin and Rebecca; Freddy and Mariana Chávez and their children Michael and Richard; Pablo and Maggie Herrera and their children Jacob and Pablito; Cesar Herrera and his children Dylan and Nina. Richard is also survived by his sisters and their families: Nancy McLeod of Warwick, RI and Susan Clark of Millis, MA. He was predeceased by his epileptic brother, Bob—who lived a difficult but courageous life—and died of a seizure at the age of 37. Bob greatly influenced Richard's life's experiences, his career choices, as well as themes in his writings.
Richard had a great love of travel, boating, fishing, golf, and spending time with loved ones, and according to his grandson Matthew, “Grandpa Richard loved banana bread!”
A private memorial service will be held at a later point, however, donations in Richard’s memory can be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, the Epilepsy Foundation, or York Hospital of York, ME.
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