Richard Alan "Dick" Slocum

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Richard Alan "Dick" Slocum
1936 - 2018
CHELSEA - Richard Alan Slocum, 82, of Chelsea, passed away on June 12, 2018 at home surrounded by his family.
Richard was born on June 10, 1936, in Rochester, N.Y. to Mary Ethel (Behan) Slocum and Harold Slocum. He fondly recalled summer trips to Canandaigua Lake, playing cards with his father and uncle, singing in the church choir with his brother, and his high school and college basketball achievements. Dick married Christine M. McGlauflin, the love of his life, in 1961. while teaching at Ricker Classical Institute and College in Houlton.
Dick graduated from University of Rochester and earned his Ph.D. in Mathematics from Tulane University with a published thesis. Dick taught at Xavier University, Louisiana State University, and Tulane University in New Orleans. Dick was a professor at University of Tennessee at Martin, University of Maine at Augusta and Thomas College in Waterville. Dick was especially proud of his modular math units. Dick was employed by Central Maine Power Company as a computer analyst and by Epro as CADD system coordinator.
Richard and Christine were fortunate to have many happy years together. They traveled extensively and loved landscaping around their home.
Dick enjoyed music especially jazz. Sports were important his entire life. He played basketball and tennis into his later years. Dick followed his beloved Celtics, Patriots and Red Sox through their ups and downs for many years. He loved to read with a penchant for Mysteries and detective novels. He enjoyed word games and crossword puzzles. Dick was gifted with a wry sense of humor and loved to make wisecracks and tell jokes. He enjoyed laughing with family and friends. In his serious moments, Richard was proud of his family, especially his grandchildren, and often recalled stories from their youth.
Richard Slocum is survived by his wife of 57 years, Christine Slocum, of Chelsea; his daughters, Alison Valley and her husband Alan of Gardiner, Melanie Slocum of Rockland, and Jennifer Bergeron and her partner Jonathan Rosenbloom of Winslow; his grandson Phillip Bergeron and his wife Jeanne of Navarre, Fla. and his granddaughter Rachael Bergeron of Winslow; his brother Donald Slocum of Bowling Green, Ky.; and nephews Matthew Slocum and his wife Denada of Pearland, Texas and Warren Slocum of Chicago, Ill.
The family would like to express sincere appreciation for the level of service given by the Hospice and home health care workers who tended to Dick during his final days.
A celebration of life will be held for Richard at a time and date that will be announced.
Arrangements are under the care of Staples Funeral Home, 53 Brunswick Ave., Gardiner

The family respectfully requests donations in Richard's memory
be made to:
The Maine Children's Home for Little Wanderers
93 Silver St.
Waterville, ME 04901
or a

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53 Brunswick Avenue
Gardiner, ME 04345
(207) 582-3102
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Published in Central Maine on June 14, 2018
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