Richard Hannafin

March 5, 1941March 12, 2014

Richard M. Hannafin, 73, of South Orleans, passed away March 12, 2014. Dick was born to the late Maurice Hannafin and Mary Cahill Hannafin, on March 3, 1941 in New York, NY. He graduated from Ridgewood High School in 1959, and Manhattan College in 1967. He married his wife Claire Schoeppler Hannafin in 1992. Dick was a Corporal in the United States Marine Corps, 1st Marine Brigade, India Battery 1/12 from 1963 to 1966. He served his Country in Viet Nam from 1964 to 1966, where he was assigned as a forward observer for a Force Recon unit. Dick worked for over 40 years in the financial services industry as an officer for banking institutions including Chase Manhattan Bank and Citibank. He later established RMH Associates, Inc., a marketing and consulting firm based in New York, NY and Newport, RI. As a child and teenager, Dick and his family spent summers in Orleans at their home on Skaket Beach where he enjoyed sailing and racing his Beetle Cat, The Sea Flirt, at the Orleans Yacht Club. In 1994, Dick and Claire permanently settled on Cape Cod, making Orleans their home. Upon retirement he earned his license as a US Merchant Marine Officer. Dick loved being on his boat, The Recon, taking out fishing charters, tuna fishing, and showing friends and family the beauty of Cape Cod waters. In his younger days, Dick raced Austin Healey’s on New York tracks and recently spent several years building a Shelby Cobra 429 replica. Dick is survived by his wife, Claire; his daughter and son in-law, Meghan and Damon Kovelsky, and his granddaughter, Renee Kovelsky; and his sister in-law Linda Schoeppler. He is also survived by many loving nieces, a nephew, and cousins. He is predeceased by his sister, Maura Ott. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to Cape Cod VNA/Hospice, Wounded Warriors, or a charity of choice. Visitation will be held on Sunday March 16, 2014 from 4-7 p.m. at Nickerson Funeral Home, 77 Eldredge Park Way, Orleans, MA. Graveside service and burial are private. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. For online condolences and directions please visit


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Rich, Rachel, Max & Carson Van Winkle

March 26, 2014

Dick Hannafin- Dick was my godfather and friend- he also was a window for my children to understand their grandfather,Dick's good friend, Dick Van Winkle who passed before their birth. His friendship was always present and he was our Cape Cod expert, always willing to provide an experience or insight. After spending time with Dick and Claire, my wife and I would always comment on their strong relationship and love for one another. He lived life right. We are thankful for the Seattle visit in November. Claire- we are thinking of you and will see you next time we are at the Cape.

March 20, 2014

Dick was an extraordinarily good Marine and, more broadly and happily, a wonderful success as a human being. It was an honor to have known and served with him. Jim Beery, India Battery, 3/12, Hawaii and Vietnam

John Booth

March 17, 2014

Dear Claire

We met at the India Battery Reunion in September of 2013. My wife and I sat next to you and Dick at supper. I served as a Forward Observer with Wayne Henderson. Your husband and I connected instantly and I felt we had been friends for life. We shared many of the same experiences including reentry into civilian life after Viet Nam. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

John Booth (Cary, North Carolina)

Thomas Enwright

March 17, 2014

I salute my fellow Marine Veteran. My condolences for your loss and gratitude for your loved one's service to our country.
Semper Fi
Tom Enwright
Vice President
3rd Recon Assoc

Wayne Henderson

March 17, 2014

Dear Claire- It was a true joy not only to reconnect with Dick 46 years after we served together as Marine Forward Observers in Vietnam, but also to get to know you as well and experience the two of you together. Beautiful. And I'm so grateful that my wife, Stacie, had the opportunity to finally meet Dick (after hearing all my stories about him) when we were all together at your place last July, then together again at the Marine reunion in D.C. in August.

When Dick phoned me in late December to let me know he wasn't going to make it to another reunion, he seemed remarkably at peace with what was happening. He then eloquently shared with me that after all the close combat he had experienced, and sometimes believing he'd never make it out of Vietnam alive, he really looked at the following 47 years of civilian life as "an unexpected, but deeply appreciated gift".

My heart goes out to you and all of Dick's family and friends. 'Much love and aloha- Wayne and Stacie (Semper Fi, Dick)

Kathy Cahill Carey

March 17, 2014

My dad was very ill when I was in 5th and 7th grades. I went to live with the Hannafin family. Dick was my older cousin but I looked at him as a big brother. We laughed together and he was wonderful to me. I also had many visits to the Cape to stay with Aunt Betty and again Dick was always there. I would go to watch Dick and Maura race their sailboat. They were an amazing team! All in all he was an amazing person and I loved mum"big brother" so much, Kathy Cahill Carey

Keith Huddleston

March 16, 2014

Dick served with our Recon platoon in Phu Bai in 1965 and was our very special and capable forward observer. We had not seen Dick since that time, but please know that he was and always will be in the hearts of the Marines of 3rd Platoon. We wish you peace and comfort at this most difficult time. Semper Fidelis.

Bert & Kristi Klein

March 15, 2014

Dick was always a true friend. He proved it every day.
We were privileged to spend quality times with Dick on the waters and beaches of Cape Cod where he was in his element.
Standard equipment were his flag pole flying the American and Marine colors, charcoal grill, cooler, fishing rod, horseshoes, bocci balls and beach chairs. Of course, good friends were always included.
Surely Dick has already volunteered for Recon in heaven to watch over Claire and his many friends.
Dick, Semper Fi

March 15, 2014

Claire and family, we have lost a wonderful man, who served his country with great pride and his family and friends with kindness and love. A friend since 1950, we enjoyed many wonderful experiences and I will forever treasure those memories. Our prayers are with you.

John and Jeannine Haak ( Fairport, NY)

March 14, 2014

Claire and family, I send my condolences as you mourn the loss of a wonderful man. I had the pleasure of meeting him many years ago when my brother, Jack, was married to Dick's sister, Maura. I have heard so many nice things about Dick and what a terrific man he was from my niece, Maureen. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers as you begin a very sad and difficult journey. God bless you all. Peace and light, Karen Ward-Hathaway