AUBURN — Richard Edward Dunlap, 68, of Naples, died on Tuesday, May 18, at the Androscoggin Hospice Home, with his beloved wife, Wanda by his side.
He lived a spirited life as an actor, writer, radio and television announcer and technician; advocate for people with disabilities, generous volunteer and entertaining raconteur.
He was born Feb. 20, 1942, in Cambridge, Mass., son of Sedley Francis Dunlap and Marjorie Helen (Batson) Dunlap. As a boy, he loved pick-up baseball, pond hockey, fishing and hikes in the woods; and was a loyal Boston Bruins fan.
He was a talented writer with a quick wit and a creative mind and had a gift for acting; appearing in community theater productions around New England and performed as a member of Hank Beebe’s Embassy Players. He had a media career and worked for radio stations and television stations in Connecticut, New Hampshire and Maine.
He pursued a second career assisting people with mental illness and other forms of disabilities helping people in Maine and New Hampshire to develop job skills and to live with dignity in the community.
He was a member of the First Congregational Church of Bridgton. He and his wife Wanda, served as deans for theater camps at Pilgrim Lodge. Together they helped to form the Pilgrim Lodge Players which performed at churches around the state. Recently, he served as a dedicated volunteer at the Naples Public Library. He is remembered as a person of extraordinary creativity, loving kindness and selflessness, giving generously of his time and wisdom, compassion and wit.
He is survived by wife, Wanda of Naples; daughter, Abigail of Rangeley; brothers, Douglas and his wife, Mary, of Farmington and Stephen of DuPont, Pa.; his two stepchildren, Diane of Bridgton and Jim of Orono; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his parents; and stepdaughter, Constance.