A descendant of the original Fair Haven and Little Silver settlers, Richard “Dick” Doughty, passed away peacefully on May 14 at Bayhealth Medical Center in Dover, DE from COVID-19. He was 93.
Born on July 9, 1926 and raised in Fair Haven, Doughty’s family (Doughty and Parker) were among the original settlers of Fair Haven and Little Silver dating back to the 1760s.
Dick was known as “a hard-working man who always had time for a smile,” his loved ones said in his obituary. “He will be remembered as a friendly, kind, loving, and easy-going man. He was a member of Ship Ahoy Beach Club in Sea Bright, NJ for over 60 years. He spent every summer swimming and enjoying the ocean with his wife, family, and many friends. May he find peace after a long and happy life and find the perfect spot on the shores of heaven. He will be greatly missed.”
He graduated from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School (RFH) when it was Rumson High School and from Rider College in 1951. He spent much of his life in Middetown after that. During WWII, Dick he served as a gunners Mate 3rd class on merchant ships with convoys to Europe and the Mediterranean. He completed his Navy service in the Philippines. He had a 40-year career in retail management in national chain stores retiring in 1991.
He is survived by: his wife of 64 years, Gloria (Hoffman); his two daughters, Leslie Hensely (Evan) and Susan Murphy, of Dover, DE; a son, Richard Doughty (Joan), of Eatontown; and five grandchildren, Evan, Dylan, Timothy, Trevor, and Elise.
Burial will be private at Fair View Cemetery in Middletown.