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Sunday, May 16, 2010

In Loving Memory of Richard Fewtrell

Video note: Love is Kind sung by Richard Fewtrell and Musical selections by The Woodmont Ensemble featuring Richard's violin-playing.

Richard was born Richard Alexander Booth on Aug. 14, 1943, in Cambridge, England. He was adopted at six months of age by Alfred George and Kay Fewtrell.

Richard’s boyhood was spent in Rochester, Kent. As a boy Richard was enrolled aboard the Royal Navy training ship Arethusa (also known as the Peking). During this time he began studying the violin. As a young man, Richard served in the Royal Army Corps of Engineers where he played multiple instruments in their band. He also studied at London School of Music and the Royal Military School of Music at Knell Hall, focusing on violin. Richard also took a great interest in traditional British folk music and built an expansive repertoire of traditional music across multiple instruments.

In 1970 Richard left Britain for the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador and served for 3 years aboard the Golden Cachalot. In 1973 Richard came to the United States and worked at the South Street Seaport restoring the tall ship Wavertree. He also surveyed the tall ship Elissa before its purchase by the Galveston Historical Society in 1977. While in New York City, Richard was married to Mary Ann Creamer and his first son, Zachary, was born.

In 1984, Richard moved to Connecticut and started his own wooden boat restoration business. In 1986, his second son, William, was born. In recent years, Richard has played violin with the Colchester Orchestra and the Milford Chamber Ensemble.

Richard had been recovering from recent lung surgery when he suddenly passed. He is survived by his loving sons William and Zachary and his baby granddaughter Julia.

Richard had a huge heart and his greatest loves were his family, his friends, music, and the sea. We will incorporate all of these loves and more as we remember him.

Richard's ashes are scattered at sea at the Long Island Sound.