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Richard Alan Hutchings

October 3, 1932 ~ November 25, 2021 (age 89)

Obituary

 

 

Richard Alan Hutchings, a former Mayor of the City of Middletown and lifelong resident of the area died after a short illness on November 25, 2021. He was 89 years old.

Richard was born on October 3, 1932, in Middletown, NY to Helen Timke and Monroe L. Hutchings.

Richard proudly served in the U.S. Navy and was a veteran of the Korean War. 

Following military service, Richard’s professional career spanned work as an Insurance Claims Adjuster and then as a Licensed Private Investigator.  

Richard was Alderman of Middletown’s Third Ward, a position he held for six years before being elected and serving as the City’s Mayor from 1981 to 1985 and as chairman of the Middletown Police Commission.

Among his many community activities, Richard was a member of Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Bloomingburg, NY; Member, Past Master and Trustee of Hoffman Masonic Lodge 412 F. & A.M.; Midland Chapter 240 Royal Arch Mason’s, Cyprus Commandery # 67 Knights Templar, Middletown; a former Vice Commander of Middletown American Legion Post 151; a member of VFW Post 692 of Middletown; a member of the Benevolent Protective Order of the Elks 1097; and former Vice President of Eagle Engine Company #2.

Known to friends and family as “Hutch”, Richard was an avid outdoorsman.  He was a member and past President of the Lost Mountain Hunting Club.  He was an enthusiastic golfer who enjoyed regular rounds with his sons and friends.

Richard loved and was devoted to his family that included a 64-year marriage to Antoinette (“Nini”) Hutchings.

He is survived by his loving wife, a sister, Alice Yank, children Kevin, Susan and Brian, daughter in-laws Maryann and Susan and son-in law David, grandchildren, Alysha, Lauren (Fiancé Jose), Taylor, Matthew and great grandchildren, Liam, Oliva, Sophia and many loving nieces & nephews. Richard was predeceased by his sisters, Dorothy Itzla, Lenore Griffo and his brothers, Monroe, Roy, and Warren.

Visitation for family and friends will be held from 1-3 and 6-8 Wednesday, December 1st at the Cornelius, Dodd & Connell Funeral Home, 26 Grove Street, Middletown, NY.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 am on Thursday, December 2nd, at Our Lady of The Assumption Church, Bloomingburg, followed by burial, with Military Honors, at Wallkill Cemetery, Middletown. 

 Memorial contributions may be made to Shriner’s Hospital for Children, 516 Carew St., Springfield, MA 01104.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Cornelius, Dodd & Connell Funeral Home, Middletown, NY. 

 

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Services

Visitation
Wednesday
December 1, 2021

1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Cornelius, Dodd & Connell Inc. Funeral Home
26 Grove Street
Middletown, NY 10940

Visitation
Wednesday
December 1, 2021

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Cornelius, Dodd & Connell Inc. Funeral Home
26 Grove Street
Middletown, NY 10940

Mass of Christian Burial
Thursday
December 2, 2021

10:00 AM
Our Lady of the Assumption Church
17 High Street
Bloomingburg, NY 12721

Interment following funeral service
Thursday
December 2, 2021

Wallkill Cemetery
160 Midway Road
Middletown, NY 10940

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