Ipswich — Richard F. Porter, 81, husband of Barbara M. (Marcotte) Porter of Linebrook Road, Ipswich, died on Friday, April 4, 2014, in Brentwood Rehabilitation Center, Danvers, following his long illness.
He was born in Salem on January 15, 1933, and was the son of the late Frank C. and Clara H. (SentkowskI) Porter. He spent his childhood in Salem, graduating from Salem High School, Class of 1951. Following graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and traveled the world on aircraft carriers during the Korean War. He often recalled with fondness his days in the Navy, enjoying the travel and friendships he made. After his discharge, he went back to school and began work in the airline industry as an aircraft mechanic. He worked for Northwest Orient, Pan Am, Capitol Airlines, and finally, Mohawk Airlines, which merged with and was eventually renamed, U.S. Airways.
Richard married Barbara Marcotte in 1958, and they shared 55 years together, raising three sons, Scott, David and Robert, and enjoying time with their grandchildren, Elizabeth, Joshua and Alexa. Following his retirement in 1993, Richard and Barbara spent many happy times traveling on cruises and other vacations. He also enjoyed his time reading, and spending time on his many other hobbies. Richard enjoyed his family and friends, loved animals (especially dogs), and had a devilish sense of humor. He will be missed.
ARRANGEMENTS: His funeral service will be held at 10 a.m., on Friday, April 11, in the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High St., Ipswich, followed by interment with Military Honors in Cowles Memorial Cemetery, Ipswich. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Visiting hours will be on Thursday, from 5 to 8 p.m., in the funeral home. For directions, or to send a condolence, please visit www.whittier-porter.com.