Richard (Dick) Maurice Salisbury

Dick knew his Lord and Savior and finally met Him face to face on the morning of Sept. 25, 2022, with a sudden and unexpected passage from the earthly to the Eternal. He was born in Bar Harbor on March 20, 1936, to Everett J. Salisbury and Louise (Marshall) Salisbury of Hulls Cove. Dick is survived by his wife of 66 years, Nancy Lee Salisbury, his sister, Joanne Sousa (husband, Anthony Sousa), sister-in-law, Sara Salisbury, and niece Terri Costa (husband, Eric Costa); his children, Rhonda Salisbury Shannon (husband, Clayton Shannon) and Richard Salisbury Jr.; and his granddaughters, Brittney Salisbury and Caitlyn Shannon. He was predeceased by his parents, Everett J. Salisbury and Louise Marshall Salisbury; his sister Judith Salisbury, his brother, James E. Salisbury, and his nephew Christopher Buzzell. Dick lost his parents early in his teen years when his high school principal took him under his wing as a surrogate son to guide his path into adulthood. While attending the University of Maine in Orono, Dick joined the Rho, Rho Chapter of Signa Chi, later becoming president and supporter of the fraternity throughout his life. He took a year off from college to fulfill a dream of learning the seas as a sailor aboard the 100-plus-foot sailing vessel Mercury V. After he returned to University of Maine, he enlisted in the Air Force Reserve. He married the love of his life, Nancy Lee Leighton, taught as a professor of history at Cony High School in Augusta and the University of Maine, Orono prior to his career with Union Mutual Life Insurance. His post at UNUM Life landed him in Albany, N.Y., where he and Nancy raised their two children and made a multitude of lifelong friends in the suburb of Nassau. Dick was a top producer for UNUM and member of the Million Dollar Round Table for most of his career. He and Nancy loved to travel around the world, especially with his insurance “Reg” group. They traveled to every continent (except Antarctica). They enjoyed exotic meals, great wines and some really good Bourbon! After his retirement move back to Trenton, he really embraced his love of people and yachting on his boat, Windwood Mark. A longtime member of Church of Our Father in Hulls Cove, he served on the Vestry for many years. He was an active member of Island Connections, helping seniors with daily needs. He loved his longtime Bible study group, The Woodshed Boys. He was very proud of his New England heritage and even more so his home state of Maine. The seas around Mount Desert were his true home. He navigated around the island and down the coast more times than any could count. His friends were his heart. He was loyal to the end and always took great pleasure in their lives and special events. Anyone who knew him was enriched by his deep laugh and folksy stories. We are forever blessed and Dick will be sorely missed. We loved him, he was wonderful, and we’re so glad he was ours! Donations in Dick’s memory may be made to the Hillside Cemetery Association, c/o Martha Farley, 292 State Hwy. 3, Bar Harbor, ME 04609 or Church of Our Father, P.O. Box 186, Hulls Cove, ME 04644. A Christian memorial service will be held at Church of Our Father, Route 3, Hulls Cove, Monday, Oct. 10, at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Holly Hoffmann presiding. A reception will follow from 2-4 p.m. at The Great Room, Bluenose Inn, 90 Eden St., Bar Harbor.

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