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Richard Haynes

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HAYNES, RICHARD F. Richard F. Haynes, 79, of East Hampton, husband of Carol (Cook) Haynes, passed away Wednesday, March 12, 2014, at Middlesex Health Care. Born on January 29, 1935, in Boston, MA, he lived in Louisiana most of his life. He served in the Navy during the Korean War. After obtaining his PhD at LSU, he taught history at Northeast Louisiana University. He later served as chairman of the Department of History and Government. Richard authored a book on Harry Truman as Commander in Chief entitled “The Awesome Power.” Gardening was his favorite hobby, and his garden in Louisiana was home to over 100 rose bushes. He also was a popular lector in the community and voiced radio advertisements. A member of the Lions Club of Monroe, LA for many years, he served as President and held several other offices. Most of the closest lifelong friends were fellow club members. Richard moved to Connecticut in 2001 to be closer to his grandchildren and has been spotted at many dance recitals and soccer games in recent years. Besides his wife, he leaves his daughters, Allison Whitaker and her husband, Charles, of Rockfall; and Melissa Kagan and her husband, Chris, of Portland; and four grandchildren, Caroline and Elizabeth Whitaker, and Nathaniel and Lillian Kagan. Funeral services will be private and at the convenience of the family. To send an online expression of sympathy, please visit www.portlandmemorialfh.net
Published in middletownpress on Apr. 5, 2014
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