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MACKIE, Richard William Longtime resident of Marlborough, passed away Saturday, September 1, 2018 at the Hope Hospice McCarthy Care center in East Sandwich, MA, surrounded by his loved ones.

Richard, or Dick as he was known to his friends, relatives, and co-workers, is survived by his four children: Mary M Mackie of Claremore, Oklahoma, Anne Mackie Sylvia of Marstons Mills, Andrea M Suarez of Brooklyn, New York, and Rick W Mackie Jr. of Lexington. He is also survived by his half-sister, Dorothy Folsom of Hagerstown, Maryland, ten grandchildren, Jeff Wiles, Alex Wiles, Stirling Mackie, Zeely Sylvia Denmat, Carmen Sylvia, Mia Sylvia, Taylor Mackie, Nicole Mackie, Julianna Mackie, Jacob Mackie, and one great-grandchild, Donovan Wiles of Plymouth. He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 57 years, Dorothy (Southam) Mackie who passed away in 2010.

Dick was born in Boston, son of the late James W. and Sadie E. (Neary) Mackie; he had moved to Marlborough in 1961 from Beverly MA and spent the rest of his life there until moving to Northborough this past April.

He graduated from Malden Catholic High School in Malden, MA in 1949 and briefly attended Salem State College in Salem, where he met his future wife. During the Korean War, he enlisted in the US Coast Guard and proudly served as an Engineman from 1952 to 1953 aboard the USCGG Eastwind, a Wind-class icebreaker, off the coast of Greenland. He was in the reserves until his release in 1955.

After leaving the Coast Guard, he worked for over 30 years as a service technician for Dictronics, Inc. of Needham MA, where he enjoyed being on the road, meeting people and servicing their recording equipment. He retired from Dictronics in 1991.

For many years in the 60s and 70s, Dick was active in the Immaculate Conception Church, serving the parish in many capacities. He was also active in the local chapter of the Lions Club. He was a Boston Bruins fan, treasuring his autographs from Bobby Orr. He donated regularly to the St. Labre Indian School based in New Mexico for many years.

An avid storyteller, Dick enjoyed gardening, trivia, and music; he spent time feeding and watching the backyard birds, as well as cooking and listening to his favorite radio show.

There will be a private family ceremony celebrating his life in late October at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne. The family would like to give a special thanks to all those at the Hope Hospice McCarthy Care Center for their kindness and caring. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hope Hospice, 73 Service Road, East Sandwich, MA 02537.
Published in The Boston Globe on Sept. 16, 2018
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