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Richard "Don" Rutledge

1928 - 2015 PEMBROKE Richard "Don" Rutledge died Wednesday, December 16, at his home in Pembroke after a long illness. He was born in New York City on January 31, 1928, to William L. and Doris Hollingsworth Rutledge. After spending his early years in Swampscott, MA, he interrupted his high school education and lied about his age to join the U.S. Army in 1945. In 1948 he returned to Barnstable High School, graduating in 1949. He went on to receive a B.A. in Political Science and an M.A. in History from Boston University. Don was a teacher for many years, beginning at Cheshire Academy in Connecticut. He moved on to Lenox School for Boys in Massachusetts, where he taught history and coached soccer and skiing. He was recently inducted into the Lenox School Hall of Fame but was unable to attend the ceremony due to poor health. In addition to teaching, he worked as a carpenter and installed woodstoves. He taught at other schools and retired from Berkshire School, Sheffield, MA., in 1994. With his carpentry skills and the advice of Your Cabin in the Woods by Conrad Meinecke, in the 1950s Don built by hand a cabin on the Shore Road in Perry, felling the trees, peeling the logs and carrying stones from the beach to make the chimney and fireplace. His young family spent many summers there. In the 1970s, he tried his hand at acting, playing several parts at Stockbridge Theater Festival, as well as acting the part of the bad guy in the independent movie "Summerdog" and taking parts in other local productions. Upon his retirement, he moved with his wife to Pembroke, Maine, where he raised bees and sold honey, cut wood for his woodstoves, built dinghies and dories in his workshop and tapped maple trees for syrup. He read history and sailed "Peggy," his beloved catboat. He enjoyed having breakfast with his buddies at the Cobscook Bay Cafe in Dennysville. Don is survived by his wife of 24 years, Lynn Vickery Rutledge, his son, Norman of Canaan, NY; his daughter, Marian of Pittsfield, MA.; his son, Matthew and his wife, Annie of Pittsfield, MA; his daughter, Win of Gray, ME; his grandchildren, Elizabeth and her husband, Rob Shryock of Portland, OR; Eleanor of Pittsfield, MA; and several nieces and nephews. His parents, sister, Anne "Nancy" Hochstein and nephew, Mark Hochstein died many years ago. SERVICES: A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, December 29, at Christ Episcopal Church in Eastport, Maine. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a contribution to the .
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Dec. 27, 2015
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