The Daily Me


NEWPORT – Rick died unexpectedly Wednesday, November 10, 2004 as the result of an automobile accident in Sealy, Texas, where he had resided for the past six years. He grew up in Bridgewater, Mass., graduating from Bridgewater-Raynham High School. Rick served his country as a naval aviation technician, and while in the Navy, received the National Defense Service medal. He later worked as a correctional officer at the Bridgewater Correctional Institution for several years. After moving to Newport he became involved in customized leather goods. He owned and operated his own business in Bangor, known as “Rick’s Leather Works”. Rick was stricken with cancer in 1988 and was a cancer survivor for 16 years, until his accidental death. An avid outdoorsman, he loved to fly remote controlled airplanes and belonged to a number of aviation clubs. In Sealy, he was effectionately known as “Pops”.

He is survived by 3 daughters, Melanie L. McCaul of Weymouth, Mass., Jessica L. (McCaul) Lippin of Bridgewater, Mass., and Patricia J. McCaul of Sealy, Texas; a son, Shane M. McCaul of Lewiston; sisters Sandra P. (Carroll) Slater and husband Robert of Bridgewater, Mass., Donna M. (McCaul) Garrod and husband Wayne of Newport; brothers, Barry P. McCaul and wife Jane of Plymouth and Wayne J. McCaul of Brockton, Mass. He was predeceased by his parents, Harvey and Helen Willis, formerly of Newport.

A private ceremony will be held in the spring in Newport. Rick will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by everyone who knew him. An educational fund has been set up in his memory at the Hibernia Bank, 325 Meyer Street, Sealy, TX, 77474 (Acct.#380 127 8301) for anyone wishing to make a donation. Local arrangements by Crosby & Neal Funeral Home, Newport.

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