Richard A. Foley ’49
MANCHESTER – Richard A. Foley, 95, passed away July 5, 2023, surrounded by his loving family.
Born Dec. 14, 1927, Richard grew up in Philadelphia, Pa. with two brothers, William and John. After the death of his father in 1943, Richard relocated with his family to Bath and attended Morse High School. His senior class yearbook credited him as a “good natured fellow who has proven his leadership by becoming the president of his class,” along with several superlative honors, among them “most likely to succeed.” Richard graduated from Maine Maritime Academy, Bowdoin College, and Boston College Law School. He served his country in the Jag Corp in the U.S. Navy and was profoundly shaped by that experience. He often reminisced about those years and loved telling stories about his adventures.
Richard passed the Bar in 1955, served as the State Assistant Attorney General in Maine in the 1960s, and partnered with Augusta attorney Ralph Farris in the 1970s. He never retired; he went into the office every week until shortly before his death. Richard loved working and serving his community in Maine. He loved life. Richard was socially and intellectually active until his passing. He loved golf, playing cribbage, seeing friends at the Augusta Country Club and Glades Country Club in Naples, Fla., spending time with his family, watching old movies, being by the ocean, and sharing stories from his 95.5 years. He lived the adage, “don’t sweat the small stuff,” and was rarely frazzled by the inconveniences and hardships of life.
He was a devoted husband to his late wife, Barbara; and father to stepsons Charles III, Peter, and M. Scott.
He is survived by grandchildren; great-grandchildren; nephews Paul, John, and William, niece, Mary; and many grandnieces/nephews.
Richard’s passing leaves a void that cannot be filled, but those closest to him find comfort in the loving memories of laughter, meals shared, and advice sagely given. Rest in peace, Richard.
A memorial service was held on July 9 at Plummer Funeral Home. Richard will be laid to rest next to his mother, Margaret Peters Foley at Oak Grove Cemetery in Bath. Arrangements have been entrusted to Plummer Funeral Home, 16 Pleasant St., Augusta, ME 04330. Condolences, stories, and photos may be shared by visiting http://www.plummerfh.com.