Richard A. Scoullar of Provincetown died at home on July 6, 2021 after months of failing health, with his wife, Eugenia, and daughter, April, by his side. He was 89.
The son of the late Maida Bunker, Richard was born on Oct. 25, 1931 in Rhode Island. He enlisted in the Air Force and proudly served from 1951 to 1975 as a radar technician. While on an 18-month tour of duty during the Korean War, he came down with hepatitis A and had to watch Bob Hope’s USO show from the back of an ambulance.
Upon retiring from the Air Force as a technical sergeant, Richard continued working on radar for the Federal Aviation Administration in Truro, where, from 1976 to 1986, he maintained the facility’s capacity to observe any airplane on the East Coast.
A lifetime member of the VFW and American Legion, he served as commander of the Lewis A. Young Post in Provincetown and led VFW members as they marched each year in the July 4th parade. He also called bingo games regularly at the post.
Richard loved to travel, visiting several countries with his wife and children while in the service and in retirement. With the exception of Hawaii, he visited every state. Late in life, the idea of traveling to Hawaii remained a fond dream.
Always active, Richard enjoyed family camping trips to Maine, surrounded by the people he loved. But he had his limits. Younger family members would sleep in tents while he slept at a motel. The family would go apple picking, which Richard did not enjoy, so he would dress as a cowboy — Stetson hat, jeans, and boots — sit in an Adirondack chair, and observe.
An avid but responsible gambler, Richard enjoyed nothing more than his frequent trips with Eugenia to Foxwoods. As they were leaving for the casino, Richard would tell his children, “We’re going to gamble with your inheritance,” to which they replied, “It’s your money!”
On most other weekends he organized poker parties, playing for pennies.
Richard is survived by his wife, Eugenia, with whom, according to his daughter, he shared 70 years, “since Mom was 16”; and by their children, April Silva and husband Timmy, Robert and wife Nancy, Roy and wife Noelle, and Richard Jr.; and by eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his son Russell.
Calling hours are Thursday, July 15, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at Gately Funeral Home, 94 Harry Kemp Way, Provincetown. A graveside service will follow at 11 a.m. at Provincetown Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Richard’s name may be made to the Provincetown Rescue Squad, 25 Shank Painter Rd., Provincetown 02657 or the Lower Cape Ambulance Association, 346 Route 6, Truro 02666.
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