Richard Dare McCloskey was born June 17, 1929 to Katharine and James Vaughn McCloskey of Tamaqua, Pennsylvania and died July 10, 2014 at his home in La Jolla, California. His wife, Frances, sister, Carol Keogh, children Rick McCloskey, Diane Hoffman, Roger McCloskey, and stepchildren Katherine Hendrix and Karen Morse, plus 18 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren, survive him. Donations may be made in memory to the Scripps Research Institute.
After graduating from the University of Florida, he had a 20-year career in the Air Force where he flew the T-6, B-25, B-26, B-57, C-130, and the C-47. His next career started as a phone company Human Resource Director for the Rocky Mountain Division in Phoenix, Arizona. In 1977, he transferred to the California Interstate Telephone Company, which later became Contel of California. He retired in the early 90s and then was brought back as a Contractor to help with the finalization of the merger with General Telephone of California, which eventually became a Verizon subsidiary.
Mac’s family and his fishing, golfing, tennis, and traveling friends will miss him. The memorial will be at the Military Miramar National Cemetery.
My Poppop passed peacefully surrounded by his children and loving wife. He lived a great life full of travel, good food, and good people. I only wish I knew him more, but there will be time for that. I'll always remember Sunday evening meals at his house eating grilled salmon, listening to Andrea Bocelli, and gazing at his photography of quaint European scenes. I want to design my house after his with interesting art, white walls, and a peaceful aura.
He had quite the ceremony with a horse-drawn carriage carrying his ashes, a bagpiper, a gun salute, and a folded flag presented to my Nana by the Air Force.
I'll miss you, Poppop.