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Richard Savageau PALMYRA- Richard L. Savageau, 72, died July 10, 2011 at his home after a battle with cancer. He was born June 4, 1939 in Peabody, Massachusetts, a son of Victor and Agnes (Cormier) Savageau.

Richard attended Beverly High School in Massachusetts and was U.S. Army veteran of the Berlin Crisis and a member of the 382nd Airborne Unit. He moved to Newport in 1974. He was a well known boiler maker with a Master Oil Burner Service license, spending over 30 years in the trade with over 15 years as the owner of Atlantic Refractories. Richard also served as a member of the Newport Fire Department and Newport Police Department for 10 years during the 1970's and '80's. After he retired, he worked as a concierge for the Asticou Inn for 8 years and spent the last year working security for Hollywood Slots. He was an avid sports fan, enjoying golf, hunting, fishing and stock car racing. Richard had a "larger than life" personality and was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend to anyone who knew him.

He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Lisa Savageau of Palymra; 5 children, Ricky Savageau of Hancock, Alice “Ellie” Witham and her husband Jason of Hartland, Stephen Savageau and his wife Denise, Christopher Savageau, and Joshua Savageau, all of Palmyra; 6 grandchildren, Crystal Weerden and her husband Patrick, Justin Witham and his wife Patrice, Dylan Savageau, Matthew Savageau, Jesse Witham and Amber Savageau; and 1 great grandchild, Drew Weerden. He is also survived by his best friends, Glen and Dawn Lewis.

A memorial service will be held at 5 PM Friday, July 22nd, at Nokomis Regional High in Newport for those wishing to share fond memories of Richard with the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Pine Tree Camp Society, P. O. Box 518, Bath, ME 04530. Arrangements are by Crosby & Neal, Newport. Those who wish may leave written condolences at

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