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Richard William Credit

1928 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
Richard William Credit Obituary
RICHARD WILLIAM CREDIT Mar. 6, 1928 - Aug. 5, 2014 Richard William Credit passed away peacefully at his home in Chico, California at 12:40 am on August 5, 2014. He was attended by his loving and devoted wife of over 38 years, Betty Jean Credit. He is survived by his wife, three children: Lisa Anne Sidoff, Mary Louise Mixter, Christopher Richard Credit, and eight grandchildren: David Jonathan Credit, Samuel Duncan Sidoff, Noah Timothy Sidoff, Jennifer Marissa Credit, Kristen Mary Credit, Camille Lewis Mixter, Meredith Faye Mixter, and William Jason Mixter IV. Richard a.k.a. Dick, Dicky or Rico, was born in Shirley, Massachusetts to Joseph Daniel Credit and Kathleen Mary O'Driscoll. He grew up in Revere, Mass. where his mother died when he was only eight years old. He joined the Merchant Marines at age sixteen and the Marine Corps at age seventeen and sustained a lifelong love of the sea. He is preceded in death by his brother, Daniel Credit, and his sister, Kathleen Murray. Richard was an author, a poet, an actor, a boat builder, a sailor, a peace activist, a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He published two books: 'Apple Pie' a satire on America in the 1960's and an autobiography in poetry form, 'Cruising to Nirvana on Dreams', in 2005. In the 1960's he took his family to live abroad for three years, sailing along the Mediterranean Coast and through the Canals of France. A believer in whole, organic foods, Richard taught by example and made a green drink every morning. In the 1960's he started Felton Health Foods in Felton, CA, and in the 1970's, Aquarian Age Natural Foods in Soquel, CA. Richard built several boats over the course of his lifetime, including a 44 foot trimaran which he sailed down the west coast of California all the way to Costa Rica. On the way back he became shipwrecked and had to start all over again. He met his soul mate, Betty Jean, in Seattle and they were married in 1976. Together, they built a thirty-one foot trimaran. When Dick was helping a friend launch a boat he sustained a fractured skull in an accident and it ended his sailing days. He and Betty Jean however continued to travel to Canada, Mexico, Europe, China, Brazil, and Hawaii. Richard was a skilled carpenter, plumber, and a jack of all trades. He built a home in Cottonwood, California, where he and Betty Jean resided for several years before purchasing a home in Chico in the early 1990's. They made great improvements, including a magnificent waterfall and koi pond which was featured on local tours. Richard and Betty Jean were politically and spiritually active in the community, canvassing to fight GMO's and hosting weekly A Course in Miracles meetings at their home. Although Richard was diagnosed with Multiple Scerlosis when he was in his early thirties, he never let it consume him and kept a positive attitude along with maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Richard had a great voice and a big presence in life and he will be missed by those who knew him. His Celebration of Life will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at 1289 Filbert Ave., Chico CA, on September 27, 2014 at 2:00 pin. In lieu of flowers or donations please donate to . Thank You!
Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on Aug. 16, 2014
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