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Obituary for Richard George MacLachlan

Farewell to a Local Legend: Coventry Mourns the Loss of Richard “Dicky” MacLachlan

It is with heavy hearts and deep sadness that we announce the passing of Richard “Dicky” MacLachlan, a remarkable and well-known member of the Coventry, Connecticut community. Dicky, known to all in his younger days as the local handyman with a big heart, passed away on September 24th, 2023, leaving behind a legacy of selflessness, generosity, and love that will forever be etched in the hearts of those who knew him. Born in Coventry on April 18th, 1942 to Douglas MacLachlan and Eleanor Porterfield, Dicky Mac spent his entire life in this close-knit town. He became a familiar presence to everyone fortunate enough to cross his path. He was a man of unmatched skills when it came to being an extra set of hands to “help out,” “fix this thing,” “look at my car,” or “build my deck”. If something needed fixing or building, there was no better person to turn to than Dicky. His willingness to lend a helping hand knew no bounds, you can ask his daughter Amy, whom he moved back and forth to Florida about 12 times.

A simple honk from cars passing by his yellow house on Main Street was all it took for Dick to know he was loved and appreciated. So many of you offered a little beep of a hello every time you drove by. Those honks continued on long after his body could not help out as much as he wanted it to. His friendly demeanor and willingness to assist anyone in need endeared him to the hearts of many.

Dick was quiet and old-fashioned, the kind of guy who would just “stop by for a visit”...even if he hadn’t seen you in 10 years. In the days of texting before calling, Dick would just randomly be knocking on someone’s door at 2:00 pm on a Saturday to say hello.

After facing the challenges of a divorce, Dick found unexpected love and companionship with his devoted wife Betty. Their union seemed to be magic, their personalities perfectly complementing each other. Dick and Betty spent the rest of his days basking in each other’s affection and care for one another. His final chapter was a testament to the love that surrounded him.

He is survived by his devoted and adoring wife, Betty. Predeceased by his brothers Robert and David MacLachlan, survived by his sisters Doris Cole, Judy Mackechnie and Lois Pepin. He leaves behind his children, Michelle (Jeff Cleveland) , Joe (Hillary MacLachlan) and Amy, as well as his step-children Mary and Ed Delaney, all of whom cherish the memories of their time together. His legacy is also carried on by his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who softened his tough exterior and brought immeasurable joy to his life. He’d by really mad if we didn’t list their names too, they are: Danielle, Kailyn, Kailee, Ty, Colby, Ian, Mason, Miles, Maisie, Kensie, Charlotte, and last but not least, Tay George, who was given his Grandpa’s middle name.

Dick’s impact on Coventry and the lives of those he touched is immeasurable. His spirit of generosity will continue to live on in the hearts of those who knew him. Though he may be physically absent, his memory will forever live on in his family’s hearts and within the community as we all give an extra smile at Dimitri’s or “take the long way through town.” We hope people continue to honk their horns as they drive by Betty and their little yellow house on Main Street.

In this time of mourning, we come together to celebrate the life of a man who exemplified the true meaning of community and love. Richard MacLachlan will be deeply missed, but his legacy will continue to shine brightly through the love and kindness he shared with us all.

May he rest in eternal peace.

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Special thank you to the caring staff of Hartford Hospital where he received exemplary care.