Richard B Hook, Sr., 92, a forty year resident of Coventry, Rhode Island, passed away on Thursday, October 31, 2013 at Coventry Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation. Richard was born in Englewood, New Jersey. He was predeceased by his father, Clarence N. Hook, his mother, Dorothy (Schumann) Hook, and his brother, Donald S. Hook.
He is survived by his wife, of 71 years, Dorothy (Ward) Hook, of Coventry. He is also survived by his son, Richard B. Hook, Jr. and his wife, Barbara (Petrie) Hook of Sharonville, OH, his daughter, Pamela (Hook) Petersen and her husband, John G. Petersen of Slate Hill, NY, his two granddaughters, Heather (Petersen) Post of Pine Bush, NY and Melissa (Petersen) Young of Greenville, NY, a great granddaughter, Giada and a great grandson, Connor.
Richard was a 1937 graduate of Teaneck High School in Teaneck, NJ. After high school, he briefly worked at Wright Aeronautical in Paterson, NJ prior to enlisting in the US Navy. During WW II, he served in the Pacific Theater as a radio technician. He earned his electrical engineering degree from Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute in Brooklyn, NY in 1948.
During his long career, he worked for General Electric Company in Schenectady, NY, Neptune Meter Company in Long Island City, NY, and finally at Browne & Sharpe in North Kingstown, Rhode Island. After retirement, he remained active as an independent consultant in the field of dimensional metrology. He was also an active member of the IEEE and other technical organizations, contributing to standards related to dimensional measurement.
Richard was a very talented handyman and was able to repair almost anything at home. He was also very interested in genealogy and through this hobby, connected with family members both in the US and overseas. He had a love of nature and had raced homing pigeons as a young man. During his life, he cared for and raised various animals and birds and passed the love of nature and animals on to his family.
There will be a private memorial service in the future at the convenience of the family. Burial will be in Englewood, New Jersey.
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