OBITUARY

Richard Edgar Allsopp

August 28, 1934November 29, 2018
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Captain Richard Edgar Allsopp (Dick), 84, passed away November 29, 2018. He was born August 28, 1934 in New York, NY and is a native of Huntington, Long Island. He is survived by Rosemary Allsopp, his loving wife of 58 years; Elizabeth McDonough (Beth), daughter; Richard Edgar Allsopp, Jr. (Rick), son and his wife, Sharon; Robert (Rob) and Eric Allsopp, grandsons; Corey and Matthew McDonough, grandsons; Alice Widmier and her husband, Mike, sister and brother-in-law; and Judith Lazaar and her husband Bob, sister and brother-in-law. He was preceded in death by his parents, Edgar and Helen Allsopp; and his brother, James Allsopp (Jim). Highlights of his long and honorable Navy career include serving as a pilot; Commander of the V.S. 28 squadron in Cecil Field, FL; Navigator aboard the aircraft carrier, USS John F. Kennedy; Captain of the USS Canisteo; and Chief of Staff for Group 12 in Mayport, FL and the Southern Command in Panama, Central America. After retiring from the Navy in 1988, Dick continued to work tirelessly for the rest of his life as a volunteer for U.S. Sailing where he infused many young people with a love of sailing, mentored countless sailing instructors, and made significant contributions to sail training and race officiating. Dubbed the “godfather” of U.S. powerboating, Dick was co-author of the book,Start Powerboating Right!, and worked to promote U.S. powerboat handling standards. A lifelong sailor, Dick was a devoted member of the Rudder Club in Jacksonville, FL since 1973. A visitation will be Wednesday, December 5, 2018, 6-8 p.m.; the funeral service will be Thursday December 6, 2018, 11:00 a.m., both at Hardage-Giddens Rivermead Funeral Home, 127 Blanding Blvd Orange Park, FL 32073. A burial with military honors will follow at Jacksonville National Cemetery at 2:30 p.m., 4083 Lannie Rd Jacksonville, FL 32218 Arrangements are under the care of HARDAGE-GIDDENS RIVERMEAD FUNERAL HOME. We invite you to leave words of comfort at www.hardage-giddensrivermead.com Donations in his memory may be made to Dick’s alma mater, Jacksonville University for the Sailing Team: https://www.ju.edu/give/sailing/.

  • FAMILY

  • He is survived by Rosemary Allsopp, his loving wife of 58 years; Elizabeth McDonough (Beth), daughter; Richard Edgar Allsopp, Jr. (Rick), son and his wife, Sharon; Robert (Rob) and Eric Allsopp, grandsons; Corey and Matthew McDonough, grandsons; Alice Widmier and her husband, Mike, sister and brother-in-law; and Judith Lazaar and her husband Bob, sister and brother-in-law. He was preceded in death by his parents, Edgar and Helen Allsopp; and his brother, James Allsopp (Jim).

Services

  • Vistation Wednesday, December 5, 2018
  • Funeral Service Thursday, December 6, 2018
  • Committal Service Thursday, December 6, 2018
REMEMBERING

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Amy Miller Cummings

December 6, 2018

On behalf of my parents, Curt and Julie Miller, and myself, we offer our deepest heartfelt condolences. We all have such wonderful memories of the times our families shared together while Curt and Dick served together in Rhode Island and Virginia. The Allsopps are among the best people we have the honor of knowing. It was a honor for dad to serve and work alongside Captain Allsopp, and both my parents cherish their friendship with the Allsopps.
Fair winds and following seas. Rest In Peace. All our love and prayers are with you all

Michael Wimbish

December 4, 2018

Fair winds and following seas, Captain.
Michael Wimbish MM3 USS Canisteo 1980-1983

Richard Brunie

December 4, 2018

Captain Allsopp was great man who believed in and supported a troubled young sailor who had a difficult time staying out of trouble:Me.I can remember being completely dumbfounded when he ordered my division officer to recommend me for petty officer.I never forgot him for that.RIP.

Dean Heavner

December 3, 2018

Rest in peace Captain Allsopp.
Dean Heavner GMG2 USS Canisteo 1980-1984

Rob and Laurie Smith

December 3, 2018

Dick and Rosemary were the first people we ever met at the Rudder Club in 2007. Imagine Rob and Dick's surprise upon realizing they both grew up in the same little Long Island town, knew many of the same people and that Dick actually sailed with Rob's late father before WWII when they were young! It was a "small world homecoming!" and an immediate friendship. As Rob served in the USMC and had a lifelong love of sailing, it was also a true kinship. They shared so many military stories, sailing stories, stories about where they both grew up and the myriad friends they had in common. Dick was not just a friend, but a mentor and inspiration and Rob always affectionately greeted him as "captain." Our last sail on Dick's new sailboat with Rosemary will indelibly remain in our memories forever. Godspeed and full steam ahead, Captain.

Amy Gross-Kehoe

December 2, 2018

Dick was one of a kind. His hard work has and will continue to change the lives of sailors and powerboaters coming thru the US Sailing and US Powerboating programs. Unsinkable enthusiasm, boundless wisdom and unending tales with a heart as big as the ocean. I can't get through any course without pulling out a bit of wisdom I can attribute directly to him!!

Colonel Paul & Vicki Morgan

December 2, 2018

We had great times together both here and in Panama! We remember, Dick calling us to tell that the Panama Defense Forces had arrested our high school aged son Chris, for a prank. Lucky that he was released after several hours. We cherished our trips on Mufti. Vicki especially remembers Dick's memorable phrase " the barometer is dropping" on our trip to the Bahamas, as well as our crazy taxi rides in Nassau. Dick; you were the best of friends: "Fair Winds and Following Seas" Paul & Vicki

Fred Hagedorn

December 2, 2018

Dick was always the definition of a Gentleman.

I have fond memories as he convinced US Sailing and the training world that we needed to teach power boating skills. It was a novel thought, and in retrospect, obvious, but not so obvious at that moment.

His foresight, good humor coupled with his dogged tenacity will long be treasured and missed!

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Biography

Captain Richard Edgar Allsopp (Dick), 84, passed away November 29, 2018. He was born August 28, 1934 in New York, NY and is a native of Huntington, Long Island. He is survived by Rosemary Allsopp, his loving wife of 58 years; Elizabeth McDonough (Beth), daughter; Richard Edgar Allsopp, Jr. (Rick), son and his wife, Sharon; Robert (Rob) and Eric Allsopp, grandsons; Corey and Matthew McDonough, grandsons; Alice Widmier and her husband, Mike, sister and brother-in-law; and Judith Lazaar and her husband Bob, sister and brother-in-law. He was preceded in death by his parents, Edgar and Helen Allsopp; and his brother, James Allsopp (Jim). Highlights of his long and honorable Navy career include serving as a pilot; Commander of the V.S. 28 squadron in Cecil Field, FL; Navigator aboard the aircraft carrier, USS John F. Kennedy; Captain of the USS Canisteo; and Chief of Staff for Group 12 in Mayport, FL and the Southern Command in Panama, Central America. After retiring from the Navy in 1988, Dick continued to work tirelessly for the rest of his life as a volunteer for U.S. Sailing where he infused many young people with a love of sailing, mentored countless sailing instructors, and made significant contributions to the sailing curriculum. Dubbed the “godfather” of U.S. powerboating, Dick was co-author of the book, Start Powerboating Right!, and worked to promote U.S. powerboat handling standards. A lifelong sailor, Dick was a devoted member of the Rudder Club in Jacksonville, FL since 1973. A visitation will be Wednesday, December 5, 2018, 6-8 p.m.; the funeral service will be Thursday December 6, 2018, 11:00 a.m., both at Hardage-Giddens Rivermead Funeral Home, 127 Blanding Blvd Orange Park, FL 32073. A burial with military honors will follow at Jacksonville National Cemetery at 2:30 p.m., 4083 Lannie Rd Jacksonville, FL 32218 Arrangements are under the care of HARDAGE-GIDDENS RIVERMEAD FUNERAL HOME. We invite you to leave words of comfort at www.hardage-giddensrivermead.com Donations in his memory may be made to Dick’s alma mater, Jacksonville University for the Sailing Team: https://www.ju.edu/give/sailing/.