Richard J. Ainsworth, 57, of Farmholme Road, Stonington, died suddenly on Monday, Aug. 25, 2008. He was the beloved husband and soul mate of 32 years to Melinda Turner Ainsworth.
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Richard was born in Westerly on May 2, 1951, and he was the devoted son of Gordon and Arlene (McFarland) Ainsworth of Pawcatuck.
Rich worked at Doncasters Precision Casting-New England in Groton as a Welding Supervisor/Repair Analyst. His broad depth of knowledge and expertise in welding was sought after to identify the most efficient methods of casting repair. He was responsible for the management and operation of a three-shift welding department.
He was a 1969 graduate of Stonington High School. Rich participated in many sports and excelled in track and field where he set the 1968 pole vault record, a record that stood for over 20 years. He attended Northwestern Oklahoma State College. Rich was a member of the UCC Church of Westerly.
Richard loved life, and being with his family gave him a special joy. He appreciated the simple beauty of nature and enjoyed traveling with his wife, especially out West. He loved the theatre and music. An accomplished drummer, he had a fond love for music particularly jazz. Rich loved animals and his trusted dog Gibson, who could always be found close by his side.
Richard will be remembered for his gentle disposition, willingness to help others, and his warm sense of humor.
Besides his wife and parents he will be sadly missed by his two sons, Trevor Martin Ainsworth of Vermont and Marc Edward Ainsworth of Stonington. He also leaves his brother, Gordon R. Ainsworth and his wife Tammy of Farmington, Mich., and several nephews and cousins.
Services and burial were held privately through the Buckler-Johnston Funeral Home, 121 Main St., Westerly. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lupus Alliance of America, 26507 Harper Ave, St. Claire Shores, MI 48081.
For online condolences, visit www. buckler-johnston.com.
Published in The Westerly Sun on Aug. 31, 2008