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Richard Valentine

Richard Henry Valentine III

Wednesday, May 1st, 1946 - Monday, May 4th, 2020
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BANGOR – A good man died May 4, 2020, due to complications while recovering from a fall this winter. Dick Valentine took his last breath at home. His wife of 51 years, Skippy, was holding his hand during the last moments of his life on earth. He was blessed with the daily presence of family who live right next door; his only daughter, Cathy Van Dolman; son-in-law, Steve; and his two beloved grandchildren, Heather and Jackson. He adored his grandkids and he was happiest when he was with them.

Dick was the oldest of four, and leaves behind two brothers, Kipp and Fred; and a sister, Mary; all of whom live in South Carolina. At the age of 74 years young, he lived a full and happy life, first in Connecticut, where he was born, then in Maine from 1970 on. For the last 49 years, Dick enjoyed living and playing on Pushaw Lake. He loved his home there and all that lake-like had to offer. He had many blessings to count, including a circle of long-time friends who were very dear, loyal, and patient! He shared many times of good fun, fishing, hunting, and other adventures with them over the years. He died with a wealth of good memories.

Out family is so grateful for the exceptional care Dick received from Kindred Home Health and Kindred Hospice. The competent, compassionate support of their staff was precious and made Dick’s struggle and transition as smooth as possible.

Those who wish to honor Dick in a special way may make a donation in his memory to My Friend’s Place, 703 Essex Street, Bangor, ME 04401. Condolences to the family may be expressed at BrookingsSmith.com
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James S. Rugen

Posted at 10:35am
Dear Skippy and Family, I am so saddened to learn of the passing of my cousin. When I was just a small boy, Cousin Richard was the object of my near veneration; he was such a good athlete, he played the accordion, and he filled rooms with his exuberance and his humor. He had a very special relationship with our dear grandmother, who loved him so. Skippy, she loved having you in Stafford in the early days of your marriage, and I was delighted to have my cousin living nearby. Years later, I have a vivid memory of swimming with you in the ocean at Quonochontaug, Rhode Island, while Richard (he was never Dick to me!) stood at the water's edge, ready to rescue us if necessary, but also reminding us of the possibility, perhaps even the good probability, that we would be attacked by predatory sharks! And I think he wasn't just trying to be funny. He really did seem quite concerned. I'm so glad he had a long life with you, that he adored his daughter and grandchildren, and that his life in Maine was full of adventure and fulfillment. I am sorry that we fell out of touch in recent decades, but I retain strong memories of Richard's vivid personality and his love of life. I am very grateful to Richard for keeping in touch with my mother, his Aunt Peggy. It meant a great deal to her, especially in her later, declining years. My Nancy and I offer our condolences. You and your family are much in my mind.
With affection, Cuz James Rugen
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