Richard “Dick” McAllister, passed way Sunday, December 3, 2017. He was the loving husband of the late Jacquelyn Hope (Davis) McAllister who died June 20, 2009. They had been married for 54 years.
He was born in Cranston in 1930. He was a 1948 graduate of Cranston High School East, active in many sports and was also school president. He then attended Providence College where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Education/English and graduated in 1952. He then joined the Army and was assigned to the 27th Infantry Regiment of the 25th Lightening Division stationed in South Korea. He served with honor and distinction. He was awarded the Korean Service Medal with one Bronze Star. He was rewarded with several promotions rising to the rank of Sargent E-5. After discharge from active duty he worked for Metropolitan Life Ins. Company for 20 years and then Training Thru Placement for 18 years. He enjoyed this immensely since the purpose of the organization was to help developmentally disabled young citizens to live a meaningful and rewarding life. He was also an elected State Senator from Cranston for nine years where he held the honorable position of Deputy Majority Leader. He successfully introduced legislation helping the citizens of Cranston with special attention to senior living; dedicated and always available to his constituency. He believed his most significant reward was when he was honored by the “RI Association for the Blind” as Legislator of the year in 1981. After retirement, he enjoyed life to the fullest living in the summer community of the Buttonwoods Campers Association in Warwick, RI.
He is survived by his four children Sharon Trindade, Richard A. McAllister and his wife Lisa (Russell) of Charlestown, RI, Janice Gaumond and her husband James, Holly Mullholland and her husband Todd; all of Cranston, RI. He also leaves nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren who lovingly called him “Poppy”.
His funeral will be held Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. from the Thomas & Walter Quinn Funeral Home, 2435 Warwick Avenue, Warwick with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in St. Clement Church, Long St., Warwick. Burial with military honors in the Rhode Island Veterans’ Cemetery, Exeter. Visiting hours Friday 4-8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, contributions to Kyle Page, 130 Washington Road, Barrington, RI 02806 will be appreciated. Information and condolences, visit TheQuinnFuneralHome.com