Richard M. Bridges

Richard Martel Bridges, 84, died peacefully in his home surround by his loving family July 30, 2014. He was born May 26, 1930, in Boston, to his parents Walter G. and Lucia (Saucier) Bridges. Richard graduated from Thayer Academy and received a BA degree from Boston University. Richard served his country during the Korean War in the Army, from 1951 to 1953. He was employed in real estate, insurance, ship owner and owner and president of W.G. Bridges & Sons, Ins. He enjoyed boating, sailing in Boothbay and the South Shore of Mass. He was a member of the Mackenzie Boat Club in Mass. and traveled the Caribbean, Central America and Europe. In his early years Richard was an avid runner and swimmer. Richard was a member of Rotary International, where he led the relief mission of the Hingham Rotary Club after Hurricane Mitch. He coordinated the transportation of medical support and equipment, including doctors, fire engines and ambulances to Honduras and Belize via container ships and Military Air Craft. He was past president of the Hingham Rotary Club, a 32nd Degree Mason, a member of the Weymouth Business Mans Assoc., Weymouth Chapter of the American Red Cross, New England Moxie Congress, Matthews Museum, Union, Maine, Insurance Brokers Assoc. of Mass., Quincy and South Shore Board of Realtors. He was the recipient of Thayer Academy Alumni Humanitarian Award and Hingham Historical Society Humanitarian Award. A summer resident of Spruce Shores since 1972, he loved and cherished everyone there. He was loved and supported by the East Boothbay Community since 2006. Richard was predeceased by a sister, Martha Bridges Degrande; and brother-in-law, John Macdonald. He is survived by his wife, Mary Elizabeth Bridges of East Boothbay; lifelong friend, Sandra Ingmanson,of Westford, Mass.; son and family, Richard W. Bridges and wife Dana; grandchildren, Josephine and Case Bridges of West Newbury, Mass.; son, Christopher and wife Karyn of Duxbury, Mass.; brother, Robert G. Bridges of Venice, Fla.; brother-in-law, Frank Degrande of Guilford, Conn.; brother in law, Daniel Macdonald and wife Marilyn of Halifax, Nova Scotia; sisters-in-law, Catherine Macdonald and husband Brian of Orangedale, NS, Annabelle Mcrae and husband Duncan of Hampton, NB, Charlotte O'Donnell of Whitehorse, Yukon, Suzanne Coffey and husband Dwight of Hampton, NB. Survived by his very dear nephews, nieces and their families, Robert Silverstein and his wife Eunice, Richard Silverstein, Nancy Ashcroft and Peter, Peter Martel Bridges and his wife Jill; Boothbay friend and special companion, Wyatt Oakes. The caregivers, Michelle Oakes, Teresa Bryer, and Jack Allen. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. A Permanent Book of Memories has been established in honor of Richard Martel Bridges at www.hallfuneralhomes.com. Arrangements are entrusted to the staff of Halls of Boothbay, Maine.

Funeral Home

Simmons, Harrington & Hall Funeral Home
975 Wiscasset Road Boothbay, ME 04537
207-633-2171

Published in The Patriot Ledger on Aug. 6, 2014