Richard W. Redmond passed away peacefully on March 29, 2018 at his home in Augusta after a brief battle with cancer. He was born in Portland, ME on April 2, 1929, the second son of John J. Redmond and Mary Flaherty Redmond.
He graduated from Portland High School in 1947 and served four years in the U.S. Navy. One year was spent on the world famous U.S.S. Missouri.
Upon his return, he attended Portland Junior College, received his B.A. from Ricker College and his Master’s Degree from the University of Maine.
Dick was a teacher and coach at the high school and college levels before joining the Maine Department of Education in 1964. He served as Deputy Commissioner for the Department for several years and was appointed Commissioner by Governor Joe Brennan in 1986.
Dick was an athlete his whole life. He fought in the 1948 Golden Gloves Tournament and won the welterweight title. After his discharge from the Navy, he fought as a professional fighter for a short time.
In his youth, Dick was a stand-out baseball catcher and a four-year letter winner at Portland High. He continued to play baseball in the twilight league and was a player manager during his military service in Charleston, NC and also at Ricker College. While attending Portland Junior College he was contacted by a scout for the Brooklyn Dodgers and offered a Class D contract which he declined and decided to make education his life’s work.
Dick and his younger brother Dave, played semipro ball in Woodstock, New Brunswick where Dick met his wife, Evelyn in Dalhousie, NB. He finished his baseball career in 1961, playing several positions for the Richmond Town Team before becoming principal of Richmond High School.
In 1993, he was inducted into the Maine Baseball Hall of Fame, joining his brother Dave who was inducted in 1981. When his brother Jack was inducted in 1994, it was the first time that three brothers were so honored.
After retiring from state government, Dick worked as the Executive Director of the Maine State Retirees Association serving in the role for two years. In 2000, he published a book titled “Maine Boxing Record Book, 1922 - 2000”.
Dick and Evelyn decided to become snowbirds and purchased a home in Ocala, FL. They enjoyed the winter months in sunny Florida, where Dick was a member of the Pines Oaks of Ocala golf club and shot his age when he was 87. Summers were spent at their cottage on Messalonskee Lake in Sidney, fishing, hosting family gatherings, and enjoying the sunsets. The July 4th lobster bake brought together four generations of Redmonds every year. Dick golfed in the Maine Seniors' Golf Association and was a member of Natanis Golf Course for many years, regularly golfing with his sons and daughters. The family celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary in August of 2017.
He was predeceased by his parents and his brothers, David, Jack and Thomas.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Evelyn Eleanor Redmond; his five children: Susan (Paul Brown), Michael, Barbara (Pete Curato), Kevin (Lori Gardner) and Mary (Mark Lapointe); nine grandchildren: Stacy, Rebecca, Melissa, Richard, Jessica, Aaron, Amanda, Heather and Andrew; fifteen great-grandchildren: Abigail, Isabella, Ashleigh, Olivia, Matthew, Joseph, Frankie, Kia, Adelina, Madilyn, Dakoda, Brayden, Liam, Rylie and Emma and many nieces and nephews who he loved dearly. He will be sadly missed by all.
Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday, April 4th from 10-11:30 AM at Plummer Funeral Home, Windsor Chapel, 983 Ridge Rd., Rt. 32, Windsor where a funeral service will follow at 11:30 AM. Burial and committal prayers with military honors will follow in the new Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 163 Mt. Vernon Road, Augusta.
The family is very appreciative of the excellent care and support received from the Harold Alfond Cancer Center, MaineGeneral Medical Center, Maine Veterans Home, Maine-ly Elder Care and MaineGeneral Hospice.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: MaineGeneral Hospice, Office of Philanthropy, PO Box 828, Waterville, ME 04903-0828.