Richard Harold "Dick" Brackett Dick passed away on November 7, 2013 after a battle with cancer. He was born on April 10, 1930 in Quincy, MA to Harold Williams and Doris Madeline Look Brackett. He attended elementary and high school in Braintree, MA and graduated from Northeastern University in 1953 with a BS in Chemical Engineering. Shortly after joining Standard Oil Development Company (now Exxon) he was drafted into the U. S. Army. He served as a Microwave Specialist in the Signal Corps, spending 13 months in Japan. He was honorably discharged in 1956 as a SPC2. He then spent his working career with various affiliates of Exxon in technical and managerial roles, traveling the world and living outside the country for 8 years.
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In 1965 he was married to the love of his life, Patricia Mary McIntyre in Morristown, NJ. Together they raised two wonderful sons and enjoyed many unique life experiences as a family.
After retiring in 1986 he began a career of volunteering to serve others less fortunate. He was involved with Interfaith Caring Ministries, Bay Area Meals on Wheels, Bay Area Habitat for Humanity and the Houston Symphony League Bay Area where he participated in music education programs for first graders in all Clear Creek ISD elementary schools. He served as an Elder at Webster Presbyterian Church and was involved in a wide range of the church's activities and mission programs. He also served The Presbytery of New Covenant in several capacities.
After retirement he enjoyed traveling, and playing golf and softball. He also worked out and enjoyed bicycle riding, even participating in the MS150 to celebrate his 80th birthday. He particularly enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and supporting their activities. He had many hobbies, including stained glass fabrication and genealogy.
Dick was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Donald and Raymond. He is survived by his wife Patricia, son Kenneth and wife Leslie, son Robert and wife Joyce, and grandchildren Robert, Mitchell, Katherine, and Chloe Brackett.
A memorial service honoring his life will be held at Webster Presbyterian Church, Webster, TX at 11:00 am on Saturday, November 30. Internment will be at Houston National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Webster Presbyterian Church or MD Anderson Cancer Center.
Published in Houston Chronicle on Nov. 24, 2013