Avid outdoorsman

Published in the November 1, 2017 edition

LYNNFIELD — Richard P. Cushman, 81, formerly of Saugus, passed away peacefully at home on October 29, 2017, after a short and courageous battle with cancer, with his family and four legged faithful companion “Chewy” at his side. He was the husband of the late Marcia (Widell) Cushman.

Born in East Boston and raised in Winthrop, he was the son of the late John and Sara (Turpeinin) Cushman. The day after graduating from Winthrop High School, Richard joined the Boston Harbor Pilots where he safely guided ships through the harbor for 47 years. As an avid outdoorsman, when not working, he was back on the water fishing and enjoying time on his boat with his family. Richard was a member of the Friends of Breakheart Reservation in Saugus and the Waterford, Maine Fish and Game Club.

After retiring in 2002, he was able to focus on all things outdoors both locally and at his cabin in Maine. He spent most days hiking the trails with his walking stick and beloved Portuguese water dog. Affectionately known as “Grampy” by many, his love of the outdoors was only overshadowed by his love of children. He took much pleasure in having taught all of his grandchildren and many others how to appreciate nature and the outdoors. He had been a long time Saugus resident until moving to Lynnfield five years ago.

Richard leaves his daughter Heatha Schena and her husband Anthony of Lynnfield. He is also survived by his son Richard Cushman, Jr. of Saugus. He is also survived by his four grandchildren, Dale Cushman, Mackenzie, Samuel and Kasey Schena. He is survived by one sister, Arlene Cohee of Lynnfield. He is also survived by two brothers, George “Bud” Cushman of Wareham and John Cushman of Saugus. He is also survived by his dear friends, the Emery Family of Swampscott and the Cataldo Family of Norwood. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Richard’s name may be made to Lakes Environmental Association at www.mainelakes.org/donate.

Family and friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Life on Saturday, Nov. 4, from 2-8 p.m. at the family home, 6 Taylor Terr., Lynnfield. For condolences, visit www.BisbeePorcella.com.