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BOW, N.H., and OLD TOWN – Richard Young Cass, 65, died peacefully April 17, 2009, at his home in Old Town, after a brief illness. The second of three children, Richard was born March 9, 1944, in Portland, to Harold Cass and Esther (McComb) Cass. Harold and Esther moved their young family from Ocean Park to Hooksett, N.H., in 1945. Richard spent the duration of his childhood in Hooksett, N.H., attending Hooksett Village School and Concord High School before joining the Coast Guard in 1962. Richard took his first job as a heavy equipment operator upon the completion of his service to the Coast Guard in 1966, and he was a skilled and well-respected operator, who worked on many challenging assignments during his 40-year career. Richard was most proud of having contributed to the construction of the Sherman Adams Building on the summit of Mount Washington from 1978 to 1980, during which the employees of Harvey Construction had to endure frigid temperatures, gale-force winds and equipment covered in rime ice. Richard was employed by Harvey Construction of Bedford, N.H., for 18 years. Richard’s career also involved helping to relocate the decommissioned USS Albacore a quarter-mile onto dry land so that it could be converted to a museum in 1985; the construction of the NYNEX Building, Elm Street, Manchester, N.H, now City Hall Plaza Building, in 1992; and the ongoing expansion of Manchester-Boston Regional Airport. Richard joined the International Union of Operating Engineers, IUOE, Local No. 98 in 1969. He was very proud of his IUOE membership, which continued until his retirement from George Cairns and Sons of Windham, N.H, in 2006. Richard lived his entire adult life in a house he built with his wife, Carol, in Bow, N.H. Once Richard retired in 2006, he and Carol moved from Bow, N.H., to Old Town, in order to be closer to their grandchildren. Richard was a devoted grandfather who loved to surprise his grandchildren with deliveries of baked goods and ice cream sundaes. Richard was predeceased by his father, Harold; his sister, Carol Ann; his brother, Stephen; and his daughter, Melissa. Richard is survived by his mother, Esther Cass of Tilton, N.H.; his wife of 42 years, Carol Cass of Old Town; his daughter, Meredith O’Reilly and her husband, Jason, of Hampden; his grandchildren, Killian, Beckett and Rosalyn O’Reilly of Hampden; and his sister-in-law, Linda Cass of Tilton, N.H. Funeral services are scheduled for noon Saturday, April 25, at Congregational Church of Hooksett, 5 Veterans Drive, Hooksett, N.H. Interment will be afterward at Evans Cemetery, Bow, N.H.

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