STOCKTON SPRINGS — Charles Richard Clapp, 96, a resident of Stockton Springs since 1993, passed away peacefully on Sept. 10, 2022, at his home.

Born June 21, 1926, in Weymouth, Mass., he was the middle son of the late Augustus Warren and Dorothy (Bower) Clapp. He was preceded in death by his son, Charles Richard Clapp Jr., and two brothers, James Henry Clapp and Augustus Warren Clapp Jr.

There have been 12 generations of Clapps born in America, which began with the emigration of Thomas Clapp from England in 1634.

Dick grew up in Weymouth, Mass. After graduating from Thayer Academy in Braintree, Mass., in 1944, Dick was appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., in 1946, which he had talked about attending since the fourth grade. Due a medical diagnosis, he was placed on inactive reserves and then proceeded to graduate from Boston University in 1950 with a Bachelor of Science degree in economics.

He was recalled to active duty in late 1951 as part of an integrated Army/Navy/Marines ship-to-shore communication team in a destroyer/cruiser convoy which deployed to the 38th Parallel, Korea, and then Japan. Dick was honorably discharged in late 1953 and then proceeded to travel to many countries in Europe and the Middle East for a year.

Beginning in 1955 and over a span of 37 years, he worked for General Electric and Black & Decker companies as an East Coast regional sales manager/salesman for their small appliance division. Dick loved getting to know other people and valued their life stories.

Over the years, the joy of the Lord became his strength and song, his anchor and lighthouse. Dick, a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend, did his very best in living out his life after God’s loving character. He always marveled at God’s goodness, His creation, the sunsets, and the breathtaking view of Penobscot Bay from his home.

While working for GE, he met and married the love of his life, Janice Meridith Pomfret of Woonsocket, R.I. Dick is survived by Janice, his wife of 59 wonderful years; his daughter, Meridith (Clapp) Fessenden (son-in-law Tom, their five children and six grandchildren); son Jonathan Warren Clapp (daughter-in-law Fiona, his four children and one grandchild); son Andrew Christian Clapp (his four children); and daughter-in-law, Sarah Clapp (her one child).

Dick and Janice raised their family in Duxbury, Mass.., where he loved the ocean, scuba diving, boating, spending time at the beach, and coaching youth hockey. He also actively served at St. John’s Episcopal Church as senior warden. After retiring, he and Janice moved to Stockton Springs where he served on the Stockton Springs Shellfish Committee and with the Penobscot Bay Stewards. He has been involved with Promise Keepers International and a Christian Men’s Breakfast Fellowship.

He loved spending time with his wife, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. The world has lost a great, Godly man, but Heaven has gained one. A celebration of life service will be held at Searsport Full Gospel Church on Saturday, Sept. 24, at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family would like to suggest that memorial donations be made to Stockton Springs Ambulance, 217 Main St., Stockton Springs, ME 04981.

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