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Richard Malloy

November 27, 1944 January 22, 2021
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Richard Reed Malloy, a lifetime Middletown resident, died peacefully at home on Friday, January 22, 2021 with his wife Gerri Beissel-Malloy by his side. He was 76.

The son of W. Terry Malloy and Gene Reed Malloy, Richard was born on November 27, 1944 in Middletown, N.Y. He attended Middletown Schools and was a 1963 graduate of Middletown Senior High School. Rich “Dick” enlisted in the U.S. Navy in November 0f 1963 and was stationed at the Great Lakes Naval Hospital Corps School in Illinois. He was trained and graduated as a Physicians Surgical Assistant Technician and proudly served his country until he was honorably discharged in 1967.

Upon returning to the Middletown area Dick stayed active in his community offering his help to many people in need.

As a young adolescent, Dick would work summer with his father at Orange County Speedway. In addition, he would strip wire to collect the copper in order to earn money towards his love for fast cars.

After the military, Dick landed a landscaping job which encouraged him to continue a humble path, which lead to larger projects in the tri-state area. Later, he earned a Salesman of the Year Award with H.L. Dalis which specialized in wholesale distribution.

In 1968 Dick became an avid friend of Bill W. where he began a lifelong journey of helping others help themselves, which ultimately helped him.

Dick had a gift for restoration and preservation. Not only did this include the houses in which he owned, but a 52-acre estate. Overgrown with trees, shrubs gone wild, brambles, roses, tangled weeds and vines, Dick could see the beauty behind all the chaos before him. This estate contained a hidden treasure that took himself, the owner Bob Sperte and a 3-5 man crew working almost daily for 5 years towards this hidden treasure, which brought forth the exquisite beauty of heirloom specimens that lie beneath.

At age 52, Dick took up riding horses which is something that he had on his heart since he was a kid. His first horse of many was named Bob which he loved and cared for. A few years later he purchased a horse named Howie. Howie was a challenge to train, but in time , eventually horse and man became trusted companions for each other. Richard loved his many dogs and they loved him back. (He loved to spoil them terribly), he also enjoyed the birds he rescued, and they too loved him back.

Developing a love for travel, Dick and his wife, Gerri, explored the United States from East to West,

Along with visiting Canada, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Islands, a cruise to Europe, Alaska were among their many escapades.

Everywhere he went, another friend of Bill W. became part of his life’s journey.

To Richard, preservation of nature and restoration to many homes, inside and out, was a personal “big deal”, along with the many animals he cared for, to the materialistic things in life. More importantly, I was the person who came into his life and found behind his rough and gruff exterior, was a man of strong faith, commitment, integrity and an off the cuff sense of humor to help lighten the way for those who struggle with life on life’s terms.

Throughout his stalwart support for the 12 and 12 programs, he extended his listening ear, an understanding heart, a roof over a head to one that had none. His home along with life experiences and a strong belief that “There is hope for the hopeless and Help for the helpless.” Providing encouragement to persevere and to never quit or never give up hope was always extended to the many people he met throughout his path. Exhibiting his motto to persevere, with help from a friend two and a half months before his passing, Dick was able to go to the barn, step up onto a mounting block with an oxygen tank strapped to his back, mount a horse and walk and even do a bit of a trot all the way around the barn ring.

On April 5, 2019. Dick married his long-time love and companion, Geraldine Cross Beissel. They continued to enjoy dining out with friends every Friday night, gardening and decorating inside and outside of their home. Despite Dick’s declining health related io heart and lung issues, diabetes, and kidney dialysis, he continues to live his life to the fullest all the way, to the last moment.

In addition to his wife “Gerri”, he is survived by his many friends and Villa family.

Cremation will be private. A graveside service with Military Honors will be held at a later date.

A service will be held on Thursday, February 25, 2021, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Memorial contributions in Richard’s name may be made to Villa Veritas Foundation, Kerhonkson, New York.
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Applebee-McPhillips Funeral Home

130 Highland Ave.
Middletown, NY 10940

Applebee-McPhillips Funeral Home
130 Highland Ave. Middletown 10940 NY
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