11/08/20 - NNHS Newsletter - Richie Allen
Richard Clarence Allen
Newport News High School Class of 1966
Friends and Schoolmates,
We have more sad news today. Richie Allen, Class of 1966, passed away on Saturday, October 24, 2020 at the age of 72. He was the brother of Faye Allen Andrashko ('64) of VA, and of the late John Allen, Fred Allen ('55), and Charlie Allen, Class of 1957. He was also the brother-in-law of Sonja Settles Allen ('57) of VA, the former husband of Sandi Bateman Chestnut ('65) of VA and the “ex-husband-in-law” of the late Dale Chestnut, Nakina HS, NC ('54).
From the Daily Press - 11/08/20:
|Richard C. Allen|
NEWPORT NEWS - Richard
"Richie" Clarence Allen, 72, passed away Saturday, October 24, doing
something he loved - camping in the mountains.
A lifelong resident of Newport News and Gloucester, Richie loved music, comedy, theater, and telling and hearing hilarious stories.
He graduated from Newport News High School and served with the US Coast Guard during the Vietnam Conflict. In remembering his service, he often reflected on the brilliance of the stars in the night sky and beauty of the vast ocean, even during times of trouble.
Following his service, he
had a long career in the Newport News Shipyard, working in various
departments, with his favorite being retirement.
experienced personal loss and sadness, but he liked to focus on the amazing and
wonderful things in life. For 20 years, he acted with, directed, supported and
eventually led the Gloucester theatre group "The Courthouse Players." His role
as The Cowardly Lion was a particular favorite among his friends and the
children in his community. Whether acting, playing softball, jamming with
musicians, delighting in nature, or embarking on epic trips and adventures, he
enjoyed being with friends and family, and always followed his heart.
Richie was preceded in death by his parents, John L. Allen Sr., and Frances Monfalcone Allen; daughter Jennifer; brothers John, Fred and Charlie; and sister-in-law Mary.
He is survived by his loving partner, Michelle Pauley; son, Michael; daughter, Kimberly Montalvo and her husband, Joshua; grandsons, Jarrett, Alexander, Jonah and Sean; sister, Faye Allen Andrashko and husband Gary; cherished sisters-in-law, Gwen and Sonja; and many nieces and nephews.
He is also
survived by his former spouse, Sandra Chestnut, who is the mother of his
children and a treasured lifelong friend; and former spouse Cheryl Allen, with
whom he shared an enduring and memorable passion for music, theatre and the
arts. He will be missed as well by countless wonderful friends, who were as
close to him throughout his life as his beloved family.
Due to Covid, a small private celebration will be held to honor Richie's life.
An online video of the service will be available for those who are unable to attend in person.
the scholarship, online video and other updates will be available at
RichieAllenLegacy.com. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at
November 08, 2020
tribute for a special guy. He was a great father, friend, brother, and
uncle to all of us, and will be missed dearly by all. I always admired
how much he was about family and all the stories of adventures he would
take. He was always there to lend a hand or provide kindness and support
to all he knew. He showed us all how to live life without regrets, and
how much family means. Glad to be a part of the Allen crew. I will
cherish all the memories and laughter we shared. Gone too early... hug
my dad for me. and enjoy being reunited with all your brothers.
November 08, 2020
Although we are incredibly sad, Heaven must be in stitches because the Allen boys are together again and Jennifer is riding high on daddy’s shoulders
~ Cheryl Allen
I first met Richie when he came to work in San Diego, at my home shipyard. He quickly made friends and proceeded to enjoy everything there was to see and do around here. When times changed and there was more work in Newport News, then I moved East to work. Richie and Cheryl were really great at including me in their activities, and I especially enjoyed going to their theater productions. I will always treasure the last time Richie came back for a visit. We did all the San Diego tourist stuff that he (and I) love.. and then he jumped off the Cliffs at Torrey Pines! Paragliding.. What a thrill! Richie was inspiring, and his legacy to me is live life to the fullest ❤
So sorry to hear about your loss. You know that God and Jesus are in the best position to comfort u s when we lose a loved one in death.
November 10, 2020
Harry and I dearly loved Jimmy, he was the sweetest and kindest man we've ever known. You are all in our prayers.- See more at: http://www.legacy.com/guestbooks/dailypress/guestbook.aspx?n=james-nelms&pid=168424497&cid=full#sthash.eYd8EQ0l.dpuf
Richie and I were classmates at
Newport News High School and class of '66.
Although sadly we lost touch after school as many of us do, Richie was one
of those people you never forgot. Always a smile and could make anyone laugh
any time, just a great guy to be around. We briefly touched base again on
Facebook, and I am grateful for that. Prayers for Richie and his family.
November 19, 2020
and I had the great pleasure of designing costumes for The Courthouse
Players for several years. One of our favorites was working with Richie
as the Cowardly Lion! As soon as we zipped Richie into that costume that
sweet personality of Richie's married to the character, and magic
happened. We are all richer for having had Richie in out lives. I will
always cherish the memories.
November 24, 2020
From Sandi Bateman Chestnut ('65) of
VA - 11/09/20, 2:13 PM:
Richie, I don’t even know
where to begin. It’s been two weeks since we got
word that you’d left us and we’re still in
disbelief! In my mind, I know you’re not suffering
any more, and were doing what you loved so much. But
my heart is missing you so much already. Even though
we divorced years ago, I am so thankful for our
marriage and our three children we had together. So
thankful we remained great friends and for being
your family’s favorite “outlaw”. Losing our precious
Jennifer was the worst time of our lives, but
Michael helped us through that time a lot. God then
blessed us with another daughter, our amazing
Kimberly, who’s so loving and thoughtful to everyone
she knows. Our blessings also include our wonderful
grandsons. Both of our children are strong and will
get through this very sad time. You’ve always been
so proud of them and I know you’d be now as well.
Give our Jennifer a big hug from me and tell Dale,
your “ex-husband-in-law” how much I love and miss
him! I’ll miss you very much, especially our talks
about the kids. I’ll always be your “babies’ Momma”!
Thank you so much for this beautiful tribute, Sandi. You have my deepest condolences at this devastating time.
Our sincerest sympathies are extended to Richie's family, friends, and classmates at this difficult time.
This information is also posted here:
Y'all take good care of each other! TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!
Love to all, Carol
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Abide With Me
Words by Henry F. Lyte, 1847
Music by William H. Monk, 1861
Abide with me; fast falls the eventide;
The darkness deepens; Lord with me abide.
When other helpers fail and comforts flee,
Help of the helpless, O abide with me.
Swift to its close ebbs out life's little day;
Earth's joys grow dim; its glories pass away;
Change and decay in all around I see;
O Thou who changest not, abide with me.
Not a brief glance I beg, a passing word,
But as Thou dwell'st with Thy disciples, Lord,
Familiar, condescending, patient, free.
Come not to sojourn, but abide with me.
Come not in terrors, as the King of kings,
But kind and good, with healing in Thy wings;
Tears for all woes, a heart for every plea.
Come, Friend of sinners, thus abide with me.
Thou on my head in early youth didst smile,
And though rebellious and perverse meanwhile,
Thou hast not left me, oft as I left Thee.
On to the close, O Lord, abide with me.
I need Thy presence every passing hour.
What but Thy grace can foil the tempter's power?
Who, like Thyself, my guide and stay can be?
Through cloud and sunshine, Lord, abide with me.
I fear no foe, with Thee at hand to bless;
Ills have no weight, and tears no bitterness.
Where is death's sting? Where, grave, thy victory?
I triumph still, if Thou abide with me.
Hold Thou Thy cross before my closing eyes;
Shine through the gloom and point me to the skies.
Heaven's morning breaks, and earth's vain shadows flee;
In life, in death, O Lord, abide with me.
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