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152 Worcester Street
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North Grafton, MA 01536
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Richard E 

December 11, 1930 – August 2, 2020

Richard E  Gilpin
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Obituary for Richard E Gilpin

Dougls/New York City-- Richard E. Gilpin passed in peace at the age of
89 after a long period of declining health.
Richard was born at home in NYC where he resided until 8 years ago when his grandchild and best friend Parker Sardi was born.

Having hailed from NYC he'd be sure you knew it within the first 5
minutes of meeting him. About how his "beach" was the East River and
how he'd swim to the Brooklyn Bridge and let the tide take him back to
midtown. Of course you would hear about his "15 minutes of fame" of
how he "appeared" in the movie The French Connection.

“Richie “ found joy and appreciation in the simple things in life. He
was an avid reader, jazz enthusiast, and lover of music in general.
When he wasn't reading while listening to music you could find him
watching the TCM/ classic movie channel. He enjoyed dining out but
the result was always the same, "dinner was okay, but I could make it
better". Above all, his greatest joy was his cherished family.

Having tended bar in midtown Manhattan for over 60 years Richie could
go on for hours (if allowed) telling many a tale. When he was
behind the bar he was in his element where he was a sympathetic
listener, friend and confessor. He had "regulars" that he'd chat up
like long lost friends and to whom he'd never get tired of listening.
He was a fixture behind the bar and he would never give away a recipe
for his "signature drinks".

Richard leaves his wife of 48 years, Judith (Judy) O'Rourke Gilpin of Douglas, loving father of Elizabeth Sardi and husband Rafael of Northbridge, son Dennis Gilpin and wife Joanne of Tennessee and daughter Darcy Gilpin and Beatrice Harris of NYC. Three grandchildren, Brian and wife Sarah, Megan Gilpin from Tennessee, and Parker Sardi, as well as two Great Grandchildren, Levi and Analise Gilpin. He was predeceased by 3 brothers Thomas, Robert and Eugene and is survived by his sister Helen McKeon of NYC. Many new found cousins in Great Britain and Ireland. He will be greatly missed by

Services are private. in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Jewish Health Care Hospice, 646 Salisbury St., Worcester, MA 01609.