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Richard “Dick” Mitchell

September 1, 1928 - December 25, 2021

Richard “Dick” Mitchell of Middletown, DE, and formally of Frenchtown, NJ and Scituate, MA, passed away peacefully on December 25, 2021 at the age of 93.  Dick is survived by his wife, Janet Lyons of 30 years, daughters Pat Klos (Stan), Barbara Hardcastle (Ernie) and Janet’s children Kristin Mossa (Anthony), Polly Ross (Pat), Billy Lyons (Tammy), Kelly Vogt (Tom) and Patrick Lyons (Amy), fourteen grandchildren & four great-grandchildren.

Dick was a man of many talents and skills. In his lifetime he was a farmer, fireman, travel agent, businessman, carpenter and cook.  His professional career included Captain of the Roselle, NJ Fire Department and owner of Mohawk Travel of Livingston, NJ.  He worked in the travel business for 35 years and eventually retired from American Express Travel Division in 1997 as their Airline Relations, Eastern Region Manager.  After retirement, Dick formed a remodeling business with Patrick where he put his exceptional carpentry skills to work for ten more years. 

Dick was always building something.  He built two houses almost singlehandedly, remodeled homes for his many friends and family members, built furniture and countless gifts for his children and grandchildren. Dick also loved cooking and baking. He and Janet hosted many holiday meals where his infamous apple pie was a family favorite.  And boy, could he tell a story.  He was the life of every party.  He will be missed by all who knew him.

All services will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Dick’s memory to Dana Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168 Boston, MA 02284-9168.

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  • Uncle Dick was an AMAZING Man! He lived a great LIFE!! Xoxo
    I’m so sorry to u All 💔🙏🏻 I’m very sad!
    He will be missed and loved everyday! ❤️
    I’m thinking of ALL OF U! ❤️

  • My most sincere condolences to Janet and all the family. Dick was a wonderful neighbor and friend for the last 7 years. We had many good talks together. I will miss you “Mr. Grumpy Pants”. With all my love, Lois

  • So so sorry for your loss. He was very important to myself and my family. I wouldn’t be living in such a nice home if it weren’t for Dick. He will be missed.

  • Uncle Dick was the sweetest, funniest man. I will cherish the memories i had with him. Thinking of all of you💔
    Love,
    Nicole xo

  • He lived a full life sorry to see you leave this earth. Great memories RIP DIck.

  • We got to know Dick later in life. Arnold and I were thrilled to be invited to a Scituate party to be with Janet and Dick. Good food. Great company. Lots of laughs. Jokes all day long. Friendship. Love. We will miss you Dick. Condolences to all your family, and especially to our dear, “old” friend Janet. Sending hugs.

  • Mr. Mitchell…devoted father and husband. Good friend to our family. So many fond memories of him. I loved his laugh- he was larger than life when I was a young boy and I was fascinated with him when he was a firefighter. I wanted to be like him. There is a hole in our world where he used to live. Much love to the family and friends of this amazing man.

  • Barbara,
    Your dad was certainly a memorable person & I was saddened to learn of his passing. He once told me that a person’s life is measured not by what you gather but rather by what you scatter. I’ve never forgotten that conversation. PLEASE accept my sincere condolences.