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Richard Bryan Pino, a Vietnam veteran and proud member of the United States Marine Corps, died in the arms of his wife and surrounded by his closest family at 3:30 a.m. on December 27, 2016. Born to Concintino and Eleanor (Smith) Pino on June 2, 1946, he was raised in the loving home of his Uncle John and Aunt Muriel (Barrett) Pino for the better part of his youth. He was in love with his wife, Ruth (Carroll) Pino for over 47 years, and they would have celebrated 48 years of marriage on February 1, 2017. Rick taught his son, Richard Bryan Pino, Jr. and daughter, Jacqueline Ruth Pino how to catch fly balls and grounders in the field across from their Lanesville home, and he built them sledding hills every winter. He was the neighborhood Dad with kids wanting him to come out and play. His greatest lessons were to be sure of your surroundings, don’t tell secrets and don’t lie. He had an unending stubbornness, stamina, determination and a large heart. Rick lived his life the best he could every day, and it wasn’t often that he let anyone win an argument. He stubbornly refused to give into the Pulmonary Hypertension disease he was diagnosed with in 2007 and then later with ANCA Vasculitis, a disease that uses abnormal antibodies to attack one's own cells and tissue and in Rick’s case, damaged his kidneys. In the end, it was cancer that got him. Certainly a surprise after all he’d been through, but he was a tough guy to the core and he dealt with it bravely by refusing treatment because it wouldn’t promise a longer life with any quality. He wasn’t afraid of passing and, in his words, he was looking forward to getting “up there” and having a drink with his brother-in-law, Mike Carroll, seeing and hugging his Aunt Muriel and playing a game of cribbage with his Uncle John. Directly after Gloucester High School, he went to work for the Frank Sawyer Building Company, but it wasn’t long before he followed his closest friend and ally, Anthony Pino into the Marine Corp. in 1965. Immediately after graduating boot camp at Camp Lejeune, Rick was deployed to Vietnam. Home on leave in 1967 he met his future wife, and that summer he was invited to go on a MED Cruise. He refused, as he had been on a Navy transport ship with men stacked six high with the doors locked at night so the men would not fall overboard, so he volunteered for a second tour to Vietnam instead. Rick was honorably discharged from the Marine Corp in 1969, and he and Ruth were married shortly thereafter. They raised their family in their first house in Lanesville, which Rick rehabbed and remodeled into a wonderful home. When his son, Richard was in Little League, Rick coached with Harold “Bucky” Rogers for the Yankees. As Manager of the Red Sox he took the Sox from last place to second in one season. He also coached the Riverdale Rockets for many years and those boys, now men, still refer to him as coach. In addition to being a husband, dad, coach, businessman, Rick enjoyed a long series of hobbies. He was a life long hunter with friends Herb White and Joe Ciarametaro, and they spent many hunting seasons together in Old Town Maine. Later in life he learned the art of bow hunting. For many years he raised homing pigeons, champion rabbits, became a beekeeper and sold his honey to locals. He loved his family, but his passion was being in the woods with his friends or fishing in the open ocean or in a Maine river. Once his health began to fail, Rick had to give up his long and successful career of home building and carpentry business. Not being able to be idle, Rick earned a 100 Ton Coast Guard License and launched a successful fishing charter business. When his health kept him from launching his boat, Rick obtained his real estate license and enjoyed several years of selling local homes.When Rick’s health prevented him from working or doing any strenuous activity, he built a smoker from a 55 gallon drum. He perfected smoking meats and his hidden talent as a cook emerged, and he began to make his own sausage and hamburger and became the family cook. Always looking for something to do and wanting to live in the moment, his last hobby was feeding and enjoying the backyard birds, building an elaborate squirrel proof birdfeeder, which he enjoyed until recently when he couldn’t walk across the yard to fill the feeders.
To say that he will be missed is an understatement. He is survived by his wife, Ruth (Carroll) Pino; his son, Richard Bryan Pino, Jr. and his companion, Lisa Hollingsworth; daughter, Jacqueline Ruth Pino and his two much loved granddaughters, Allison Erin Gobeil and Gretchen Nicole Gobeil; and his beloved family, Joanne (Pino) Curcuru and her husband, Dana of Magnolia and Anthony Pino and his wife, Susan of Rockport; sisters-in-law, Jacqueline Carroll of Millis, Massachusetts, Eileen (Carroll) Corvelo and her husband, Al of Somerset, Massachusetts; and a brother-in-law, Jim Pilcher of Cincinnati, Ohio. He is also survived by his two goddaughters, Janelle White Dombrowski and Amanda Corvelo Amaral; and many other nieces and nephews
He was predeceased by his Uncle John and Aunt Muriel Pino; his Uncle John’s second wife, Violet Ruth Pino; his brother-in-law, Mike Carroll; a sister-in-law, Pat (Carroll) Pilcher; and sister-in-law, Ann Pino.
Rick was adamant that there be no visitation or a funeral, but he agreed his family and friends could have a celebration of life to share in their grief. Friends and family are invited to attend a celebration on Saturday, January 7, at 11 a.m. at the Elks at Bass Rocks, 101 Atlantic Road, Gloucester, MA. Arrangements are by the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington St., Gloucester. Online condolences may be given at www.greelyfuneralhome.com.
Published on  January 5, 2017
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