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Richard Stephen Callaghan Jr.

Stanardsville, Virginia

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Richard Stephen Callaghan Jr.

Richard Stephen Callaghan Jr. died on Friday, January 28, 2011, in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, with his wife and two daughters by his side.

He was born on July 31, 1935, in Brooklyn, New York, the son of the late Richard S. Callaghan Sr. and Betsy Smith Callaghan.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Lynn Callaghan; his two daughters, Susan C. Beaty and her husband, Scott, of Reston, Virginia, Jennifer C. Story and her husband, Danny, of Stanardsville, Virginia; three grandchildren whom he cherished greatly, Samantha C. Ulrope, Betsy K. Ulrope, and Ryan C. Ferguson; one great-granddaughter, Savannah Leigh Lam; brothers, David S. Callaghan and his wife, Gerry, Robert M. Callaghan and his wife, Elaine; one sister, Betsy Kingsbury and her husband, Mike, all of Charlottesville, Virginia; nine nieces and nephews and their families and numerous cousins; mother and father-in-law, Daryl and Jean Warren; sister-in-law, Margaret Kirk and her family; and his very best pal, Wiswell, the cat.

Rick grew up in Garden City, New York, with wonderful memories and stores of his childhood. He graduated from the University of Virginia receiving his undergraduate and law degrees. He practiced on Wall Street before deciding to raise his family in Charlottesville, Virginia.

He made partner for the law firm of Taylor, Michie and Callaghan as well as having his own private practice with his wife working by his side.

He served as an assistant lecturer at the University Law School. He was president of the Charlottesville-Albemarle Legal Aid Society, President of the Janie Porter Barrette Day Care Nursery, and director of the local chapters of the Red Cross and the American Cancer Society. He was appointed to the electoral board for the Republican Party as well as holding office in numerous charities and organizations.

Rick was an international chess master as well as qualified Olympic chess player. He also had the passion for the game of checkers and was recognized for being a champion.

He retired from Law at the age of 62 and spent his time tutoring chess to many children and adults. His love and passion for the game touched many lives.

He moved to Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, with his wife, Mary Lynn, in 2000, where they enjoyed the West and many adventures. He continued playing in chess tournaments up until his untimely death.

We are honored to have had him be part of all of our lives. We will sorely miss him.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Rick's honor to Northwest Parkinson's Foundation, 400 Mercer Street, Suite 504, Seattle, WA 98109-4641.

A celebration of life in Charlottesville, Virginia, will be announced at a later date.


This obituary was originally published in the Daily Progress.

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To Mr. Rick Callaghan family:
I enjoyed watching Mr. Callaghan playing in Kurnik...me and many more will miss him there, God bless you all...

Richard used to come to the chess club I organized at the UU church on Rugby road in the mid eighties, smoking his pipe all the while. He told me that he made a deal with his wife that she could have cats but he got to name them, and then named them after chess masters with inscrutable names such as Bogolyubov. I will always remember my interactions with him and actually mention him quite frequently on chess/opening forums.

Hi Marylynn, please accept my condolences on behalf of Rick whom i met in Vegas 2001 and i still have some pictures of Rick and you and myself,which i look back on with favor.Im sorry to hear the bad news ,i knew Rick wasnt well for a time and i offer my sympathy to all the Family but esp to you Marylynn as i found you such a lovely person while in Vegas with Rick in 2001.

Hi Marylynn, please accept my condolences on behalf of Rick whom i met in Vegas 2001 and i still have some pictures of Rick and you and myself,which i look back on with favor.Im sorry to hear the bad news ,i knew Rick wasnt well for a time and i offer my sympathy to all the Family but esp to you Marylynn as i found you such a lovely person while in Vegas with Rick in 2001.

I met Rick a few years before he retired from the practice of law when he asked me to help him with a client of his who was involved in a family business dispute. We went on to work on a handful of cases after that. Rick was always very thorough and professional in his approach to the practice of law but he and Mary Lynn were also fun to work with (Rick would have been lost without her). When he retired, he sold me a couple of prints that had been hanging in his office and the one of two...

Dear Susan,

I worked at the Albemarle Clerk's office when you and he were in Charlottesville. He was such a nice man.
My condolence to you and the family.

Rick was my friend & counselor from 1973.
He was a class-act & legal advisor too.
My sincere condolences to his family.
We both retired to the West.

Dear Susan,
I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your Father. I remember you really liked chess, but did not realize your Father was your teacher and mentor. The loss of a parent is SO hard. You and your family are in my thoughts, and I send my deepest condolences. Charlene Jones

Rick was one of my best friends and chess and checker playing buddies during my stint in Charlottesville. Both of us had been presidents of the Virginia Chess Federation and both of us took up checkers as a second game at the same time. After we both left Charlottesville, we lost touch save for an occasional telephone call. I grieve for a good friend with whom I spent many an enjoyable hour over the 64 squares. My deepest condolences to Mary Lynn and the rest of his family.