Richard "Dick"'s Story
Richard “Dick” Mower, 86, of Harmony, Florida, formerly of Andover, Mass., passed away April 5, 2017, from Alzheimer’s disease.
He was born in Swampscott, Mass., on October 13, 1930, son of the late Robert and Dorothy (Harlow) Mower. The family moved to Andover when he was four years old. After high school he joined the Navy, serving on the U.S.S. Newport News.
He retired from the Andover Savings Bank (now TD Bank) as Vice-President of Mortgage and Construction Loans. He gave back to his community by serving on the Board of the Home for the Aged, a member of the Lawrence Exchange Club, the Andover Chapter of the American Red Cross and the Greater Lawrence Chamber of Commerce. Dick earned the Silver Beaver Award from the Boy Scouts of America, the most distinguished honor for his dedicated service to scouts. He was the Treasurer of South Church in Andover and was a member of the Andover Country Club, where he enjoyed playing golf. His love of gardening started at the age of seven and continued through age 85 when he created the Harmony Community Garden three days after moving there. The garden was dedicated to him on October 26, 2014. He spent many summers camping at Popham Beach, Maine and the White Mountains of New Hampshire with his family.
He is survived by his second wife, Marylin (Legge) Ash Mower. He was predeceased by his first wife, Nora (Solak) Mower, the mother of his four children, Jeffrey (Lynne) Mower, James (Mary) Mower, Judith (John) Connors and Joyce (Rick) Daniels. He leaves behind a sister, Pauline Robichaud; brothers, David (Joanne) and Alan (Arlene); three step-children, William Ash (Naomi Otsubo), Donna (Michael) Goldberg, and Debora Ash. He will be missed by his 10 grandchildren, Stephanie, Jeremy, Theodore, Jamie, Kelli, Allison, Matthew, Christopher, Kelsey and Erin; six great-grandchildren; and 12 nieces and nephews.
Celebration of his life will be held on Friday, May 5, 2017, from 4 to 7 p.m., followed by a memorial service at 7 p.m. at the Carrier Funeral Home, 38 Range Road, Route 111, Windham, New Hampshire. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund, 34 Washington Street, Suite 200, Wellesley Hills, MA 02481, http://www.curealz.org or to the Boy Scouts of America, Spirit of Adventure Council, 600 W. Cummings Park Dr., Suite 2750, Woburn, MA 01801.
To send a message of condolence to the family, please view the obituary at www.carrierfuneralhome.com.
Published on  April 30, 2017