LINCOLNVILLE — A kind and loving man died tragically on Friday, July 15, 2022.

Frederick “Rick” Greeley Jr., age 77, passed away from a sudden allergic reaction at the end of Duck Trap Road in Lincolnville.  At the time of his death, Rick was surrounded by many kind and heroic members of the community who tried tirelessly to save his precious life.

Rick was a man who had a great passion for life which he lived by his own rules. Love, generosity, honesty, and a strong feeling of what’s right is right are the fundamental truths of who he was.

Rich was born Jan. 2, 1945, in Lynn, Mass., the son of Frederick and Jean (Foster) Greeley Sr.

Before moving to the “great state of Maine” in 1970, Rick lived in Marblehead, Mass., where he graduated from Marblehead High School in 1962. Upon his graduation, Rick joined the Navy at age 17. His service in the Navy played a large part in his life even after his honorable discharge. He felt a strong bond with other veterans and always carried the memories of those who did not get to come home.

Rick attended and graduated from Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, where he nurtured his passion for design and artistic expression. He became a designer and creative builder by trade, and a passionate artist. He was inspired by any design challenge. His innovative mind was always at work. He especially loved building small houses where the smallest detail stood out. As an artist, Rick loved to use his “Yankee” thriftiness to create both the beautiful and whimsical.

As any Navy man would, Rick had a love of the water. He was a talented sailor and loved passing his knowledge on, especially to the young. His creature comforts were “innovative” cooking, football, racing, and a good beer with a friend and loved one.

Many friends call him “Professor Figg” because of his love of reading, fantastic memory, and eloquence while sharing adventures and stories with family and friends. Rick traveled the U.S. extensively and loved to share many stories about his adventures.

With all his amazing gifts, Rick felt his family and friends were the dearest of all. He loved his family fiercely, especially his wife and partner of 30 years and his grandsons, who gave him great joy and laughter for all of the heartbreakingly short time they had together.

He was predeceased by his parents and one sister, Bette Greeley.

He is survived by his loving wife, Karen Craig-Foley, his stepdaughter, Melissa (Foley) Krygowski and her husband, Robert, and grandsons, Jonathan and Colin, whom he loved much. Rick is also survived by nephews Guy Sanger and Jonathan Sanger and his wife, Kathy, and daughters, Kylie and Elle; niece, Heidi (Sanger) and her husband, Chris Palmieri, and their son, Charles; brothers-in-law, Jonathan Mills and his children, Rachel, Andrew and Sara; and Richard Mills, his wife, Kathy, and their children, Carolyn, David, and Bradley. He is also survived by many cousins, nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews.

Visiting hours will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, July 21, at Riposta Funeral Home, 182 Waldo Ave., Belfast.  Private interment will be held at Maplewood Cemetery in Lincolnville.

Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at ripostafh.com.