BELFAST — Richard Osborne Ethier, 72, passed away July 12, 2021, after a long illness.

He was predeceased by his parents, Donald J. Ethier and Edith A. Ethier, and two brothers, Donald Jr. and Douglas.

He is survived by his sister Beth; two sons, Jason and Jeffrey and their families; three stepchildren, Barry, John, Christina and their families; one honorary son, Wayne Groton; and two special friends, Connie Hersom and Arkee Parwaz.

Richard was a graduate of Silver Lake Regional High School in Massachusetts, class of 1964.  He also graduated from the Massachusetts Trade School in Boston, class of 1969, as an automobile mechanic.

He joined the U.S. Army, serving as a rifleman with the 101st Airborne Division in the Vietnam War.  He served two tours in the war and was awarded a Purple Heart and a Meritorious Service Medal for his participation in aerial flight support of ground operations.

Upon returning from the war, he worked as an auto mechanic for 20-plus years in Massachusetts, and then moved to Belfast, where he managed the Admirals Ocean Inn for about 14 years.

Dick enjoyed several things. He enjoyed playing in a country band with his brother Donnie. He liked NASCAR, playing cards, puzzle books and his Corvette.  He especially enjoyed telling jokes and making people laugh.

Special thanks to the ladies of the North Searsport Methodist Church and the people who cared for him at Harbor Hill in Belfast.

A celebration of life will be held at the North Searsport Church on Friday, Aug. 20, at 2 p.m. at 751 Mt. Ephraim Road, Searsport, followed by a gathering.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the North Searsport Methodist Church, 3 Elm St., Searsport, ME 04974.