FALMOUTH – Richard E. ”Dick” Grace, formerly of Acton and West Falmouth, passed away from complications of brain cancer, on Jan. 30, 2007.
Dick is survived by his wife of 55 years Eleanor Carter Grace; his son, Richard C. Grace and daughter-in-law Rita Grace. His daughter, Doreen Elizabeth Grace, passed away on March 5, 1976.
Dick entered into the Marine Corps at 16, and was wounded on Okinawa, where he received the Purple Heart. He went on to further duty in Tsingtao and Manchuria, Northern China, where he had face to face contact with Mao Tse-tung, prior to his becoming head of the communist regime. Dick was awarded several presidential unit citations and decorations during his active duty. He also participated in the ceremony at the surrender of the Japanese military forces in the area of Tsingtao, China, on October 25, 1945.
After the Marines, Dick went on to The Students Art’s League of New York to establish a career as a professional illustrator and cartoonist with Ernie Bushmiller, the creator of the famous ”Nancy” comic strip. He also assisted with the ”Gumps” comic strip. During this same time, Dick designed editorial cartoons for numerous high circulation newspapers. In addition, Dick developed off-Broadway poster art for actors like Telly Savalas, and others.
His additional artistic talents in oil, watercolor, pastel, pen and ink paintings, were admired and cherished by many.
Dick went on to open his own successful advertising, marketing and public relations agency, utilizing his multi-faceted creative talents for television, radio, special events, outdoor and print campaigns. Dick was also an accomplished author, writing several high profile sports and prolific medical books.
In 1976, with his wife Eleanor, Dick established The Doreen Grace Brain Center, after the passing of his daughter Doreen of a brain related virus. The brain center was initiated to assist all those with brain related afflictions.
We’ll miss this compassionate, highly creative, genuine, sincere, loving, gentle husband, father and friend. God Bless you Dick, and thank you for being part of all of our physical lives. Your soul will continue to live with us forever.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 2, 2007, at St. Joseph’s Church, 33 Millfield St., Woods Hole. Burial will follow in the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne. The family has requested that, in lieu of flowers, a donation be made to The Doreen Grace Fund Brain Center, 33 Sea Nest Drive, Mashpee, MA 02649.
Published in the Cape Cod Times on 1/31/2007. Reprinted with permission.