Salem — Mr. Richard C. Foster, 34 of Salem, died unexpectedly on February 18, 2014, at his home.
Richie was the son of Kathleen M. McCarthy of Pine Island, Fla., and Richard D. Foster of Salem. He was born and raised in Salem and was a graduate of Salem High School, Class of 1997. A superb and outstanding three-sport varsity athlete, he excelled on the football gridiron the wrestling mat and the baseball diamond for the Salem High School Witches. He was a true competitor and dedicated teammate. He continued his education at North Shore Community College, earning his associate degree in business.
Richard followed his life’s passion for his occupation. He was a commercial fisherman and lobsterman for 19 years. He fished on his vessel, Pot of Gold, out of Gloucester, and was well known throughout fishing circles. Even on his day off, he would be found on the ocean with a rod in hand and a smile on his face.
Richie's love of family was true and abundant. He had a kind heart and generous nature. He was an avid outdoorsman, who enjoyed skiing, hiking and camping. A man proud of his Irish heritage, Richie was a devoted son, loving brother, grandson, uncle, and loyal friend, who will be deeply missed.
Richard is survived by his mother, Kathleen M. McCarthy of Pine Island, Fla; his father, Richard D. Foster and his wife, Dawn, of Salem; his sister, Renee M. Pollack and her husband, David, of Pine Island; his brother, Daniel C. Foster of Conway, N.H.; his maternal grandmother, Doris McCarthy of Reading, Mass.; his paternal grandmother, Lida Baggett of Wilmington, N.C.; his niece and nephew, Katie and Aiden; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and extended family, and friends. He was the grandson of the late Charles E. McCarthy.
ARRANGEMENTS: His funeral will be held from The O’Donnell Funeral Home 46 Washington Sq., at Salem Common, Salem, on Wednesday, February 26, at 9:15 a.m., followed by his funeral Mass in St. James Church, Federal St., Salem, at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited. Burial is private. Visiting hours are on Tuesday, from 4 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Richard’s memory to the Gloucester Fishermen's Wives Association. To share a memory, or offer a condolence, please visit www.odonnellfuneralservice.com.