Richard W. Allen of Speonk, a member of the Eastport Fire Department, passed away on January 20, 2023. He was 85.

Ex-Captain Richard W. Allen was born in Providence, Rhode Island, the oldest of three children. His sister Joan currently resides in Virginia. Richard served in the United States Coast Guard, starting in Groton, Connecticut, then at sea and later stationed at the East Moriches Coast Guard Station. He specialized in communications as a Radioman. While serving in East Moriches, he met Barbara Ann Roschlau. After serving his four years of active duty in the USCG and an additional two years in reserve, Richard and Barbara married and started a family, raising their daughter, Lori. He then began his 36 years of employment at the Brookhaven National Laboratory retiring in 1998.

It was in 1969 Richard was elected to membership in the Eastport Fire Department, volunteering for 53 years until his passing. He served as the District Secretary for the most recent 19 years. During his time of service and commitment, he also served as the Secretary, Captain of the Fire Police, and most recently as Charter Officer of the Benevolent Association.

Barbara passed away in 2000, and he is survived by his daughter and her husband Ed Hamor; his grandson Russell Utter and wife Spencer; and his granddaughter Emily Utter. He was their beloved PopPop.

Donations to the Eastport Fire Department would be most appreciated by the family.

– Fire News photos by John Neely, story by John Dalen