Richard (Dick) Corringham
Richards, age 86, of Dunedin, FL, Plainview, NY and
Alexander, ME, died peacefully on June 17, 2013 in
Wilmington, North Carolina where he was staying with his
daughter and son-in-law.
He graduated from William
Cullen Bryant High School in Queens, NY and then served
in the Navy during WWII. After the war he joined the
Port Authority if NY and NJ. He graduated from their
academy in 1949. He was first assigned to the Holland
and Lincoln Tunnels for traffic and patrol duty.
1953, Dick received specialized training in crash, fire
and rescue and was reassigned to LaGuardia airport. He
was promoted to sergeant in 1956 and assigned to the
Holland Tunnel as a patrol supervisor. In 1960, he was
assigned to Kennedy Airport as a crew chief in crash,
fire and rescue. Dick was promoted to lieutenant in
1971. In 1973, he was reassigned to JFK airport with
the rank of “Tour Commander” a position he maintained
until his retirement in 1987 after serving for 37 years.
Dick was awarded the
Police Commendation Medal for his and his crew’s action
for saving 13 passengers in the crash if a Dehaviland
Dove. He was also awarded the Meritorious Service Medal
for disarming and capturing an armed bank robber.
He and his wife Joan
built a summer home Maine and spent many happy years
being snowbirds between Maine and Florida. They were
married for 61 years. Joan predeceased Dick in August
Richard is survived by
his daughter and son in law, Jeanne and Cornelius Murray
of Wallace, NC, and Alexander ME, his son, Dana Richards
of Plainview, NY. Dick has 3 married grandchildren and
4 great grandchildren.
service will be held in Maine in August when all the
family can gather together to celebrate his life.
Donations in Dick’s
memory can be sent to:
St. Anne’s Episcopal
Church, 29 Church St., Calais ME 04619