Richard E. McCauley

Passed 05/30/2022


Obituary For Richard E. McCauley

Richard E McCauley of Rockland passed away peacefully on May 30, 2022, Memorial Day, at home while surrounded by his loving family. He is predeceased by his beloved wife of 53 years Dorothy (Gardner) McCauley, his parents, Agnes (Everard) and Elmer McCauley, his brother James McCauley, his sisters Marianne Dignan and Gail Alcarez. He was a devoted father to his 6 children, Elaine (John) Meehan of Brighton, Maria (Edward) Joseph of Rockland, Annemarie (Matthew) MacDonald of Norwell, Richard (Sherry) McCauley of Mason, Ohio, Michelle (Jeffrey Bailey) McCauley of Whitman and David McCauley of Boston. He adored his ten grandchildren Austin, Nina and Spencer Joseph, Delaney and Reagan Meehan, Liliana and Colin MacDonald, and Parker, Carter and Richard (Rexy) McCauley, who lovingly called him their Papa. In his eyes, the sun rose and set on the grandchildren, and they could do no wrong. Richard is survived by his loving siblings: Elaine McCann, Joyce Morrissey, Margaret Hamilton and George McCauley; his brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, many loving cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. Richard was not only a dedicated husband and father, he was also very hard working. He went to school in Boston and was a talented football player. As a young man, he joined the Navy and valiantly served in the Vietnam War, on the USS Albany, USS Stone County and on the river boats. He was a true American Hero in every sense of the word. He never would miss an opportunity to pay respect, thank and shake hands with a fellow veteran or young soldier. For many years, he worked in auto sales at Carney Buick, Garvey Oldsmobile, Howard Chevrolet, Best Chevrolet and eventually found his true passion recruiting students for Wyoming Technical Institute. He traveled far and wide to share the opportunities the school had to offer upon successful completion of any one of their programs. With an unwavering faith in God, he was a proud member of Holy Family Church in Rockland where he could be seen on any given Sunday taking collections in a snazzy suit, prior to the pandemic. Richard was an avid swimmer and tackled every body of water he could, no matter how challenging the surf. His favorite swimming spots were on Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard where he spent summers growing up and vacationed with his own family every year. He loved to travel the world and always enjoyed a good road trip. His sense of direction was unmatched. Prior to the advent of GPS, he was able to get his lost children home safe on far too many occasions. Richard loved a good party and was overjoyed when his children held an event in his honor. It was always a pleasure to celebrate this amazing man. All who knew him benefitted from his kindness, generosity and comedic rants. He had a story for everything and would share his love for life, the straight skinny and then some to all who would listen! Family was always Richard’s first priority. He made his children and grandchildren feel they were the most special, loved people on the planet. This love transcended to cousins, nieces, nephews, friends, etc. One of his greatest joys was attending his grandchildren’s sporting and arts events, while proudly donning school colors. He would drive them wherever they needed to go, usually stopping for a sweet treat on the way home. Richard was so very strong right to the end with his children, their partners, grandchildren, and other loved ones by his side every step of the way. He is now in heaven with his beloved, beautiful wife Dorothy, and the family and friends that went before him. Remember his smile that could light up a room, his incredible zest for life, his devotion to his family and absolute love of people. Hip, Hip, hooray, Charge and hold that tiger! We will miss you like crazy, till we meet again! ONE MORE TIME! In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Scituate Animal Shelter, 780 Chief Justice Cushing Highway, Scituate MA 02066 in Richard’s honor. A funeral mass will be held at Holy Family Church, 403 Union St, Rockland MA on Tuesday June 7th at 9am and burial to immediately follow at Holy Family Cemetery, 92 Centre Ave, Rockland MA


  • 06/13/2022

    To our Richard, as all the McCauley family sings to you.... 🎼May the good Lord bless and keep you, til we meet, til we meet, again" 🎶 Love, Elaine and Jim and Family

  • 06/07/2022

    My Dad will always be my hero and the person that helped me understand that settling is never an option as well as "no matter where a McCauley travels, they will bump into friends they've known forever or friends they have just met. It's truly the McCauley way. I am honored to hold very beautiful, silly, sad, and mostly just everyday memories, where we stood together, in the happy and heartbreaking moments --a family. Somehow, no matter the circumstance, we made it through, ...Yet now, the Good Senator from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has left us to be back with my mom. His Bride. His partner. His wife. His Dottie,...May they spend eternity on a glorious beach together with all our loved ones that have gone before us. We were robbed of so many years with my/our parents. The only comfort is believing they are at peace together, and they are watching over us and remembering again. Those of us left behind have each other and are reminded that we are blessed to have memories and realize that we sometimes take for granted that our conscious will be able to recall... "Hold that Tiger!! it again! One more time! Hip Hip Hooray! Hip Hip Hooray! "... we are so lucky! We still have each other and the memories. Happy Motoring beautiful people! Love EMM

  • 06/06/2022

    I will miss you tremendously and will think of you often. Tranquil seas brother. See you on the opposite shore. Love , George and Janet

  • 06/05/2022

    Mr. McCauley was an incredible man that brought so much joy to those around him. The light hearted humor and quirky stories were always such a treat when we had the chance to see him. He will be missed by all and we are so very sorry for your loss. We love you all and will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. The Campbell Family (Chris, Amy, Christopher, Haley, and Bruce)

  • 06/02/2022

    Elaine & Family, We are deeply saddened to hear of your beloved Dad's passing. He was a fine gentleman, husband, father and friend to all who shared the good fortune of knowing him. Rest assured that he and his family will be in our thoughts and prayers as you go through this terrible time of loss. Ar dheis De go raibh a anam dhilis. Jack & Maire Meehan

  • 06/01/2022

    To the entire McCauley Family. I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your dad. Now the neighbors are back together again. Frank Christel Richard and Dottie. They will keep guiding us all. Hugs and love to you during this difficult time.

  • 06/01/2022

    Richard, I am so sorry at your passing, but my heart is joyful as you meet and gather Dottie into your arms again. I know you will be rejoicing in her company until we all meet you on the other side! Until we meet again on a sunny day. We love you, and thank you for the love you showed your family. To our McCauley family we are so sorry for your loss, we love you always❤️ Rita, Frank, Tyler, Samuel and Noah Bird.

  • 05/31/2022

    Elaine and family, We were so sad to hear that your Dad has past. Please know that we are thinking and praying for all of you. Marie, Denise and Christine Meehan

  • 05/31/2022

    "Hey Dottie, Betty is here, she's waiting for you in the kitchen". Richard received me with the utmost kindness, the sweetest questions about Ryan and Jillian. He would say, don't worry so much they are great kids. Always asked about them... Loved with all he was. Kind when I was so little ... Dance, and laugh, and LOVE for you are with each other FOREVER Happy Motoring... love Betty-Anne

  • 05/31/2022

    Rest in peace. I hope you are enjoying a Scotch on the beach while Dottie paints. I am so sad to have lost both of you so young. I will miss you both forever. I will miss your stories and your smile. Until we meet again. Reg & Neal

  • 05/31/2022

    To Elaine and your whole family the Keenan Family is sending you many prayers. Please know we are here for you.

  • 05/31/2022

    Richard you are home with Dottie now .Dance sing laugh. P-lease teach her to swim .May you have peace we love you so much . We will meet on the other side Love Mary and David

  • 05/31/2022

    I will always treasure the time we had together - so many memories I will always love you and thank you for being my dear brother Joyce & Tom

  • 05/31/2022

    We miss you like crazy already Dad. You were one of the absolute best humans on this planet! We will forever live with your incredible zest for life in our hearts and in our minds. Till we meet again. Love you! Maria, Ed, Austin, Nina & Spencer

  • 05/31/2022

    Rest in the sweetest of peace dad . I love you . Until we meet again. Shelly and Jeffrey

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