Richard E. Arnold
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Gloucester - Richard E. Arnold, of Gloucester, passed away peacefully on October 4, 2019. He was the treasured husband of the late Lois (Powers) Arnold, devoted father of Janet M. Arnold, Paula M. Wyka and Sally A. Arnold and her husband, Mark Noonan, and cherished grandfather of Nathan W. Noonan, Lyndsay Kilgour, Andrea Wyka and Scott Sullivan; and great-grandfather of Hunter Joseph, Maddie and Teddy Kilgour.
He was predeceased by his dear brothers, Kenneth, Joseph, Paul, Alvin and Robert Arnold; his dear sister Phyllis Wagner; and his son-in-law, Gregory Rigby.
Richie served in the Coast Guard for 20 years including his first assignment on the lightship, Nantucket, and eight years at Eastern Point Lighthouse. Upon his retirement, he returned to fishing on the Phyllis A., and captained the boat until his final retirement at age 72.
Richard and his family are especially grateful to the staff for the outstanding care he received and the special friends he made at Den Mar in Rockport, over the last 19 months of his life.

Visiting hours are Wednesday, October 9, from 11:30 to 12:30 a.m., in the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington St., Gloucester. Family and friends are cordially invited. A graveside service will be held following visiting hours at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, East Gloucester.
In lieu of flowers, please toast a friend with a Manhattan, go fishing, walk the breakwater, eat a chocolate chip cookie (or two), listen to an Eddy Arnold song or donate in his name to the Phyllis A. Foundation, c/o 39 Mt. Pleasant Ave, Gloucester, MA 01930, or to the Alzheimer's Association, 309 Waverly Oaks Road, Waltham, MA, 02452. Online condolences may be given at
Published on October 7, 2019


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4 posts

Sheila Cannava
Oct 17, 2019
Paula, so sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Capt. Richard Haworth
Oct 13, 2019
The passing of another great Gloucester Fisherman . You where always pleasant sharing stories at the Gloucester Marine Railways with young captains like me . May you rest in peace.
Jennifer Huke
Oct 13, 2019
So sorry for your loss, to Janet that was a friend of my sister Deborah Huke and to Sally that I went to school with. You are all in my thoughts and prayers at this time. God Bless
Mike Grossi
Oct 11, 2019
I'll always have good memories of captain rich, one east Gloucester bear who will be missed