2012-08-22 / Obituaries

Richard Thomas Mayo

Richard Thomas Mayo, age 85, a longtime resident of Garrison, died on Tuesday, August 14, 2012, at the Hudson Valley Hospital Center.

Born on April 19, 1927, he was the son of the late Frank and Katherine (Keevan) Mayo. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Marilyn (Leaver) Mayo.

Dick, as he was known to his family and friends, joined the United States Navy at 17 years of age in 1944. He served on the USS Helena in the Pacific during WWII. After WWII, while working in the Brooklyn Navy yard, he put himself through Pratt Institute, earning a degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Richard’s professional career started in early 1950s with United States Machinery Co. in New York City, marketing and selling wood processing equipment overseas for the pulp and paper industry.

He moved his family from Brooklyn, to Paris, France from 1964-1966 to take on the development of sales and marketing for U.S Machinery Co. in Europe as well as other markets in South America, Australia, and South Africa.

During his travels, especially in Europe, he developed a passion for the fine arts, and at this time began to purchase paintings and other fine arts overseas and brought them back to the USA.

In October of 1969 he opened Hyde Park Galleries in Wappingers Falls. His gallery was his “pride and joy” and he actively displayed fine art for sale from distinguished European artists, as well as local Hudson Valley artists. Local artists were also invited and encouraged to paint in the studio.

During the 1970s through the 1980s, Richard was the Vice President of Carthage Machine Company, overseeing the international sales over a decade of tremendous growth.

In 2000, he co-founded CEM Machine Inc., an engineering and manufacturing company based in Carthage, NY, producing wood processing equipment for the pulp and paper and biomass industries, serving customers worldwide, and currently employing over 70 people in upstate New York.

Since 1987, he has been the owner of Best Blueprint in Cold Spring, offering large format and document printing services to local architects, engineers, builders and contractors.

Richard also kept residences in Newport, R.I., where he loved to spend summer weekends unwinding and relaxing near the calming waters of the Rhode Island Sound.

Survivors in addition to his wife include four sons, Francis, Matthew, Christian and Daniel; three daughters, Marybeth Swansen, Michelle Duffany and Lynn French; one brother, Frank Mayo and two sisters, Helen Lafferty and Kathleen Kinch.

He was deeply loved by 19 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren: Andrew, Katherine, Danielle, Jessica, Paul, Thomas, Justin, Sean, Kevin, Erin, Sarah, Taylor, Nicole, Ryan, Christian II, Sydney, Allison, Paige, Kyle, Christian, Liam, Nora and Ralph. Predeceasing him was a son, Richard T. Mayo in 1986.

A Mass of Christian Burial was offered at 10 a.m., Saturday, August 18, 2012 at Our Lady of Loretto Church 24 Fair Street Cold Spring, with interment following in Cold Spring Cemetery.

Friends called at the Clinton Funeral Home Corner of Parrott & Pine Streets (21 Parrott Street) Cold Spring, NY 10516 on Friday. In lieu of flowers, you may make donations to the National Kidney Foundation. 30 East 33rd Street #3 New York, NY 10016.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Clinton Funeral Home Cold Spring, NY.

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