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Gloucester, MA - Captain "Rich" Mackey of Gloucester, passed away peacefully Tuesday, July 23, due to complications of pneumonia during his lengthy battle with pulmonary fibrosis.
He was born in Gloucester on May 2, 1958, to Evelyn J. (Murphy) Thompson and Richard S. Mackey. He grew up in Gloucester where most of his childhood was spent hanging with friends in Riverdale and Lanesville. The call to the sea came early for him, he working hard, was well respected and known as one of the best gillnetting Skippers around. He fished the East Coast from Maine to the Keys. He is best known for being captain of the following fishing vessels F/Vs Born Free, Christine Marie, Heather Anne, Shannon Christine, and retiring with the Jolly Roger.
He is survived by a son Bryan Perkins of Rockland, Maine; a stepdaughter, Noelle L. Quiceno of Sarasota, Fla.; a brother Charles "Chuck" Mackey, of Madeira Beach, Fla.; and step-sisters Carol Anne Thompson of Gloucester and Allison Hicks of Vt. Two uncles, Al Martel of Fla., and Fred Murphy of Lexington; also very special cousins Jeff Martel, Brian Martel both of N.H. Andy Martel of W. Boylston and Kathy Highsmith of Okla., as well as several nieces and nephews.
He is predeceased by his parents Richard and Eveleyn; a brother Michael S. Mackey; his loving aunts Doris Martel and Carol Davis; a step-father John S. Thompson Jr.; and his biggest fans, his pets Duncan and KC.

A Celebration of Life will be held in his memory at the St. Peters Club in Gloucester on Saturday, September 28, 2019, from 6 to 9 p.m.
Donations can be made in his honor to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Froundation, 230 East Ohio Street, Suite 500, Chicago, IL 60611; The Open Door, 28 Emerson Ave, Gloucester, MA 01930; or the Cape Ann Animal Aide, 4 Paws Lane, Gloucester, MA 01930.
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John oliver
Aug 10, 2019
Rich it was always nice to run in to you around the waterfront and catch up on your brothers, I know you cared for them. We had a great time when you visited me in ft.lauderdale. thanks for sending Baron the picture of us when we were young ,I will miss you forever ,your cousin John
Roni
Aug 09, 2019
Richie, it was so great to catch up with you again after so many years, but sadly, the reunion was much too short. I will remember you as a sweet and dear friend.
Calm seas Rich.....rest easy.
Pat and Donna Cusick
Aug 08, 2019
It was an honor to have Rich in our wedding 36 years ago!! Sooo many memories over the years ending with the James Montgomery concert this fall then celebrating New Years Eve with the JGeils band, and we had tickets to Mud Morganfield but Rich wasn't feeling well so could not attend 😢 Rich loved music and we were hoping to go to many more concerts! We will miss our friend very much💫 Love Pat and Donna
Alison Hicks
Aug 08, 2019
Richie, you were a part of my life for so long. I don’t know what I’ll do without the sound of your voice. You will be greatly missed by all those who had the privilege of knowing you. Love you, always and forever
April
Aug 08, 2019
May you rest in peace. Your free of pain
I know your looking down and watching our son do what you loved...fish
You were so proud the day he told you he wants to fish and be on the water
You told him...well you do have the genes in you
The trip to New Bedford to drop him off at the boat
You enjoyed looking at all the boats and talking about them
Glad to have known you for over 35 years
I miss you and you will always be in my heart. Cherish our memories forever
Love you xoxox
Ricky Lovasco
Aug 08, 2019
AS IT JUST CAME TO MY ATTENTION OF THIS VERY HARD LOSS OF A GREAT. QUIET. BEAST OF A CAPTAIN. I GOT TO KNOW RICHIE. OVER THE. YEAR,S ALWAY,S QUIET BUT DON,T GET HIM MAD AS I SAY MY FINAL GOOD BY AS YOU RIDE THRUE THE PEARLLY GATE,S FISH HOLD FULL OF BIG BULL PINK LIPPER,S WITH A GENTLE WIND ON YOUR STERN SLIDING SLOWLY THRUE THE. PEARLY GATE,S. TO YOUR RESTING. PLACE. R.I.P. CAPTAIN. RICHIE. MACKEY
Jimmy
Aug 08, 2019
RIP Capt. You will be sadly missed. It was a honor to have to had work for you as it was for you to work for me. Stand up guy who help how ever you could. You were there for me as a friend first them as a skipper with your knowledge.My daughter adored you during your time with us in Florida over the years. .I miss you all ready but understand you are not hurting. You put up a great fight my friend. Say hi to the boys and go see Jerry..💘