Richard Whitney's Story
Richard Whitney Potter, age 90, longtime Newburyport resident, passed quietly on Saturday afternoon, May 6, 2017, at the Merrimack Valley Hospice House in Haverhill, with loving family by his side. He was the devoted husband of Jeanne M. (Ward) Potter, with whom he shared 66 years of marriage.
Born in Haverhill, September 30, 1926, he was the son of the late John I. and Marguerite W. (Cox) Potter and was a graduate of Newburyport High School, Class of 1944.
Shortly after graduating from high school, Mr. Potter enlisted in the United States Navy, proudly serving during World War II from November 7, 1944, until his honorable discharge on April 28, 1946, with the rank of Fireman First Class. He was also the recipient of the World War II Victory Medal and the American Area Medal.
Returning from the War, he started his lifelong career as an application engineer at United Shoe Company in their Beverly division, retiring 40 years later in 1986.
A hard working man with the needs of his family his main concern, he always managed to let them know they were the most important part of his life. He shared with them his love of the Parker River, from boating to fishing to the importance of the preservation of the waterways.
He was a longtime member of Central Congregational Church of Newburyport, was a 65-year member of St. John’s Lodge, A.F. & A.M. of Newburyport and King Cyrus Chapter, R.A.M. of Newburyport.
The memories of a life well-lived and well-loved will forever be treasured by his wife, Jeanne; his two daughters, Lynne W. Walker and husband, Kevin of Newburyport and Joan E. Locke and husband, Jeffrey of Newbury; his grandchildren, Alyssa Rabeau and husband, Todd of Bradford, Gretchen Walker of Newburyport, Keith Locke and wife, Juliet of Southampton, and Katelyn Peck and husband, Adam of Seattle, Wash.; his great-grandchildren, Livia, Kameron and Jesse Locke, and Emma and Morgan Rabeau; along with extended family members and dear friends.
A period of visitation will be held Friday, May 19, 2017, from 10 to 11 a.m. at Elliott, Woodworth & Rogers Family Funeral Home, 35 Green Street, Newburyport, immediately followed by services. Burial in Belleville Cemetery, Newburyport, will be private for the family. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Parker River Clean Water Association, P.O.Box 798, Byfield, MA 01922 or to the Foundation for Neurologic Diseases, 10 State Street, Newburyport, MA 01950.
Published on  May 15, 2017