LINCOLNVILLE — Richard Allen Glock, 89, passed away at home in Lincolnville surrounded by his four children on Nov. 26, 2021, after a brief battle with cancer.

Born in Hackensack, N.J. on July 6, 1932, Richard grew up in Maywood and attended Bogota High School. He was a talented athlete, excelling in football and baseball. At his alma mater, Ursinus College (class of 1954), his numerous touchdowns earned him the nickname “Mr. T.” He was later inducted into the university’s Athletic Hall of Fame. His college friendships forged through sports and the Zeta Chi fraternity endured throughout his life — with many returns to campus, international trips to Greece and Ireland, as well as frequent reunion weekends at the Jersey shore.

Perhaps his most formative period, and unquestionably his most nostalgic, was spent in the Army from 1954 to 1957 while stationed in Germany. An intelligence analyst by day, Richard spent his nights and weekends exploring the Berlin nightlife and traveling throughout Europe acquainting himself with the local food, bier and Fräuleins.

After meeting as wedding party members of friends, followed by an ardent long-distance courtship, Richard wed Joyce Philene Roberts in Amesbury, Mass., in 1962. In 1966, Richard convinced Joy to relocate to Hampton, N.J., where they lived in a grand fixer-upper. Over the next 34 years, they raised four children and four better-behaved rescue sheepdogs.

A lifelong educator, Richard earned his master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1967 and his doctorate in education from Lehigh University in 1975. He believed that education was the great equalizer and dedicated himself to enriching his students’ lives through stints at the Brunswick School, Pingry School, and then a 30-year career at Hampton Public School. He is universally remembered by students for facilitating the memorization of the low-brow poem “The Cud Chewing Cow” as well as introducing them to the high-brow pleasures of classical music.

A conservationist and preservationist at heart, he fully lived the mantra, “use it up, wear it out, make do, or do without.” Combined with his unique ability to see potential in all things (and people), this resulted in many “collections” ranging from abandoned chairs in need of repair, to empty coffee cans waiting to be put to use. After moving to Lincolnville in 2000 (with his chair collection in tow), Richard’s eco-ideology became more activethrough his involvement with the Lincolnville Improvement Association, the Lincolnville Conservation Commission, the Maine Healthy Beaches program and his support of the Coastal Mountains Land Trust.

Perhaps the most content man you could ever meet, Richard wanted nothing, envied no one and believed he was exactly where he should be at any given moment in time. He was exceptionally kind, humble in his charity and admirably gentle with people, pets and our planet.

Richard is preceded in death by his parents, Francis James Glock and Viola Elisabeth Madsen Glock; his siblings, Francis James Glock and Lois Elizabeth Glock Lazzara; and his wife, Joy Roberts Glock.

Richard is survived by his brother, Robert Frederic Glock; four children and eight grandchildren: Peter Glock (wife Lisa and children, Justin and Hannah), Alexia Glock Kurz (husband, Thomas), Tara Glock Sheeleigh (husband, Mark, and children, Emma, Thomas, Margaret and Claire) and Neal Sargent Glock (wife, Angela and children, Bennett and Griffin).

A celebration of Richard’s life will be held this summer. Those who wish to honor Richard in memoriam can donate or volunteer in support of an environmental or educational cause. Those who wish to honor Richard’s life in practice should, in the words of the Dalai Lama whose wisdom Richard admired, “Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.”