Richard Joseph McCaughin

June 17, 1938August 2, 2018

OSTERVILLE- Richard Joseph McCaughin, 80, passed away peacefully on August 2, 2018. Born in Schenectady, NY in 1938, he was a son of the late J. Richard McCaughin and Sarah (Pendlebury) McCaughin. Richard graduated from Mount Pleasant High School and continued his education at SUNY Hartwick School of Music and the Crane School of Music. Richard served in the Air Force as an instrumentalist from 1956 to 1960; he played Goodwill tours all over Europe with the USO for NATO. During his deployment, he was stationed in Fontainebleau, France. Richard met the love of his life and wife of 59 years, Jutta (Gunther) McCaughin in Paris and they married soon after in Germany. Richard was an entrepreneur and the owner of the Tompkins Motel in Albany, NY and was a marketing/sales manager in the medical field from 1960 until 2004, when he retired to Cape Cod. Throughout his life he played the trumpet in several bands and numerous concerts including the Conservatory Jazz Band, the Silver Foxes, and also with the Barnstable band on the Hyannis Green. Richard also played Taps for services at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne. Richard is survived by his wife, Jutta; his daughter, Audrey McCaughin-Feldman and her husband Dr. Richard Feldman; and two granddaughters, Alexa and Anna McCaughin-Feldman. At Richard’s request, services will be held privately. Arrangements are under the direction of Doane, Beal, & Ames Funeral Home, Hyannis. Memorial contributions may be made in Richard’s memory to the MSPCA Animal Shelter of Cape Cod, 1577 Falmouth Rd., Centerville, MA 02632. To leave an online condolence, please visit


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Patricia Conroy

August 19, 2018

I knew Richard for a great deal of my life, and I he was and always has been a very unique and special person. I am so sorry the world had lost such a talented and lovey gentleman, but the heavens have gained a very special angel. I know how much he loved his wife,Jutta; and how extremely devoted he was to his daughter Audrey; and how very special and wonderful his two Granddaughters Alexa and Anna were to him. He has passed from this place, but has left a wonderful legacy and it will continue on through Audrey, Alexa and Anna...which is a tremendousasset to leave the world.
May the angels keep you under their wings and may you play taps and the trumpet to herald all special events.


August 7, 2018

Dick and Jutta, Will miss our many fun days and nights playing our favorite big band music with the Silver Foxes. Many laughs. Our heartfelt thoughts go out to you Jutta and Audrey. Don and Doris Mackay

Sal Cicccio

August 6, 2018

RIP Dick McCaughin

As you grow older and older your universe loses its cherished members. Today I learned that one of my most cherished citizens, Dick McCaughin, passed away.

I met him about ten years ago at a rehearsal with Ty Newcomb’s CCCC Jazz Band. We had, somehow, instant rapport. He always was of good cheer, mad joy, and full of ideas.

We both enjoyed many years of bonus time because of the magic of medicine. He joked about brain surgery, arterial filters, and blood clots with abandon. Like two old guys we compared notes on afflictions and the joy of music. He always read and shared my facebook posts.

I told him that I was considering founding a non denominational geriatric monastery. He was intrigued, but he knew that his beloved, Jutta, might veto the idea! One of the most enjoyable evenings of my life was spent with Dick, Jutta, and my late wife, KayBee, sitting at a yacht club table. We were transfixed at Jutta’s memoirs of WWII life in Germany. Her warning of the history that she sees repeating here.

The comradery and tribal celebrations on the band stand will now contain the memories of Dick McCaughin, KayBee, my dad, Joseph P., Rebecca Paris, my teacher and life mentor Al Anthony, Dick Johnson, Joe Viola. Sparky Mehle, Jack Milner….

Shalom, my great friend…

Edward Maybury

August 6, 2018

Dick was a player in the Silver Foxes for several years until the band ceased playing in 2017. He was always upbeat and positive. All the players enjoyed his humor even in those times where he was clearly not feeling well. He will be missed by all his playing friends.

Kathy Strait

August 6, 2018

I think back often of the horse shows at The Altamont Fairgrounds. Dick was the announcer and I was the secretary. I was so fortunate to share the same small building with Dick and would laugh almost all day at his jokes and the music he would play. It made my job such fun.
My prayers are with Audrey, Jutta and his entire family at this difficult time. You were so fortunate to have such a wonderful man in your lives for such a long time and I am so fortunate to have known him. Love - Kathy Strait