Richard A. Knowlton

November 23, 1958August 4, 2018

Richard A. Knowlton was born on November 23, 1958 and passed away on August 4, 2018


  • Visitation Thursday, August 9, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Friday, August 10, 2018
  • Memorial Service Friday, August 10, 2018

Richard A. Knowlton

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Pat Price

August 11, 2018

Wonderful memories from my days as ER nurse...Rick was one kindest and skilled professionals I had the pleasure of working with...RIP

Pauline Philie

August 11, 2018

I am so saddened to hear of Rick's passing. He was such an honorable and kind man, always so friendly to everyone. I had the great pleasure and honor of working with Rick periodically through the years and I always enjoyed the time I spent with him. He was the greatest professional and kindest person. He will be missed by so many. Our sincere thoughts and prayers are with his family and his extended family in the EMS community. Rest in peace dear friend.

Jeremy Woods

August 8, 2018

Uncle Rick

I will never forget that infectious smile you had all the time. I can still hear your laugh every time you cross my mind. Although i never told you, you were a hero in my eyes. Since i was here 3 weeks ago and saw the way you have affected this community and the awesome guys at the station just reassure that. Your legacy will live on forever through your brothers and family. You have taught people how to care for others regardless of their status. You always said we don’t know the stories behind these people and what they are going through. That type of character has rubbed off on so many people that you have came into contact with. I’m sorry i didn’t get to you faster than i did but i was with you when the good lord was ready for his firefighter. I love you very much. You fought a great fight. Until we meet again sir!!

Love Jeremy

Joseph Fellows

August 8, 2018

Rick was an amazing guy, always friendly and kind, an asset to our public safety community. You’ll be deeply missed Brother, sail on.....

Richard Todd

August 7, 2018

I worked with Ricks mother many years ago at Cape Cod Hospital.. Virginia was so proud that he was working in a Missle Silo somewhere in the US,,, and was returning to the Cape Hoping for a Job as a Paramedic or Firefighter.. His ambition was fulfilled,, and he was a true “Jake” with the honors bestowed on him.
A true loss to family and all who knew him.. RIP. R.Todd YFD Retired.

Margarete Maillho

August 7, 2018

The first time I met Rick was with my sisters Joann and Doris along with their children Lindsay and Derek when we set out to play Santa on Christmas Eve many years ago. Joann knew of a single mother with young children of her own who had taken in the small children of her sister who had recently passed away. This mother was struggling to provide for all the children, so inspired by a tradition from our dad, Joann stepped in and we gathered together to collect gifts for all.
As we wrapped, we wondered how to deliver them secretly from Santa. Doris and Joann suggested going to the Hyannis Fire Department where they knew several people. We were met by Rick, who they knew and after explaining what we were trying to do, Rick volunteered to deliver the gifts in the ambulance. Rick and others loaded the gifts in the back of the ambulance and we followed them at a distance with our young children. As we started to drive, snow began to fall softly and along the way the Christmas lights came on. The ambulance lights were turned on as we neared the home. As we watched from the parking lot of a nearby store, we saw this young boy running at a mad dash toward the house through the snow – he was afraid that something had happened to his mom as we found out later, but slowed when he saw the gifts being unloaded. We all piled back into our car sharing a quiet sense of joy on our way home to our Christmas Eve.
Rick is forever a part of that cherished experience for our family and of that mother and children. It was also an experience he kindly remembered with our mother on the occasion of the memorial service for our sister, Joann.
May his wife, Chrissy, his daughter Shea and all his friends and family find comfort in the memories of not only special occasions such as this shared with Rick but also in the magic of ordinary days spent together.

Joann, Doris and Margarete Maillho

Mark Holubowich

August 7, 2018

I am honored and privelaged that I am able to call Rick family. Rick married my beloved sister Chrissy and from the day I met this man I knew he was special. There was nothing phony or preconceived with Rick. He was genuine, decent and kind and those traits were on display to everyone that ever met him. Rick was a true family man. He was a great husband to Chrissy and he was an amazing Dad to my niece Shea.

A few years ago when we were visiting the Cape, Rick and I went off to do a few errands. We had to stop at a couple of places that day and everywhere we went, he ran into someone he knew. I mean everywhere. At one point we were sitting in traffic and there were a couple of Police officers working a detail on the side of the road, and the next thing I know, they're at the car window talking to Rick. I never met anyone that ran into a friend in a traffic jam before, but there was Rick laughing and joking and introducing me to these Police officers as we waited for the traffic to move. I found it quite amusing later that day that it took us 30 minutes to buy a bag of ice at the convenience store, but that pretty much sums up Rick Knowlton. He was a friendly, outgoing, decent human being and everyone that he ever met could see that.

My family and I were lucky enough to spend Rick's last day with him, and watching the endless stream of visitors come from all over Cape Cod to pay their respects, truly illustsrated just how large of an impact that Rick had on so many people. In spite of our overwhelming sadness, it was comforting to see this amazing outpouring of love & support for Rick, Chrissy & Shea.

Rick, I will miss you forever. We are heartbroken that you had to leave us so soon but I know you are now at peace. My respect and admiration for you are eternal. I am honored to have been able to call you family for the past 18 years, and I will think of you and smile whenever I stop for a bag of ice.

We love you Rick.

Mark, Cindy, Dylan & Jessica

Amanda and Hunter Alten

August 7, 2018

Chrissy and Shea,
You are in our prayers and our hearts. May all of your wonderful memories bring you some peace. Such a tremendous loss for you both and for everyone that knew and loved him.

Amanda and Hunter xo

Kim Range

August 7, 2018

Tell Jesus I said hi.....because I know you are hanging with him now in your new, healed body. You will be missed dreadfully here on earth, until we meet again and what a party that will be. Love, Kim

Donald Ferris

August 7, 2018

Always making you laugh, always positive and upbeat, incredibly bright, a person you looked forward to working with each day or running into at the grocery store. We shared lots of scuba diving adventures together with the fire department dive team and there is no one I'd rather see more at an accident scene then Lt. Rick Knowlton. What a great life he led and what an impact on his community and his fellow firefighters. Bless you Rick, God speed.