PALMYRA – Richard L. Savageau, 72, died July 10, 2011, at his home after a battle with cancer. He was born June 4, 1939, in Peabody, Mass., a son of Victor and Agnes (Cormier) Savageau.
Richard attended Beverly High School in Massachusetts and was a U.S. Army veteran of the Berlin Crisis and a member of the 382nd Airborne Unit. He moved to Newport in 1974. He was a well-known boiler maker with a master oil burner service license, spending more than 30 years in the trade with more than 15 years as the owner of Atlantic Refractories. Richard also served as a member of Newport Fire Department and Newport Police Department for 10 years during the 1970s and 1980s. After he retired he worked as a concierge for the Asticou Inn for eight years and spent the last year working security for Hollywood Slots. He was an avid sports fan, enjoying golf, hunting, fishing and stock car racing. Richard had a "larger than life" personality and was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend to anyone who knew him.
He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Lisa Savageau of Palmyra; five children, Ricky Savageau of Hancock, Alice "Ellie" Witham and her husband, Jason, of Hartland, Stephen Savageau and his wife, Denise, Christopher Savageau and Joshua Savageau, all of Palmyra; six grandchildren, Crystal Weerden and her husband, Patrick, Justin Witham and his wife, Patrice, Dylan Savageau, Matthew Savageau, Jesse Witham and Amber Savageau; and one great-grandchild, Drew Weerden. He is also survived by his best friends, Glen and Dawn Lewis.
A memorial service will be held 5 p.m. Friday, July 22, at Nokomis Regional High School, Newport, for those wishing to share fond memories of Richard with the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Pine Tree Camp Society, P.O. Box 518, Bath, ME 04530. Arrangements are by Crosby & Neal, Newport. Those who wish may leave written condolences at