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Richard F. Porter

Richard F. Porter, 81, husband of Barbara M. (Marcotte) Porter of Linebrook Road, Ipswich, died Friday, April 4, 2014 in the  Brentwood Rehabilitation Center, Danvers following his long illness.

He was  born in Salem on January 15, 1933, son of the late  Frank C. and Clara H. (SentkowskI) Porter.  He spent his childhood in Salem, graduating from  Salem High School with the 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 that 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, US Airways. Richard married Barbara Marcotte in 1958 and they shared 55 years together, raising 3 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.

His funeral service will be held 10 am Friday, April 11 in the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High Street, Ipswich, followed by interment with Military Honors in the Cowles Memorial Cemetery, Ipswich. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Visiting hours will be Thursday 5 to 8 pm.

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