Richard A. Toupin – Narragansett

Richard A. Toupin – Narragansett

Heaven took a great one home on November 11, 2017. Richard A. Toupin, 65, from Narragansett, R.I., passed away peacefully at home with family after his brave fight with cancer.

His wife and children will always remember his many acts of kindness, never done with the expectation of praise or a favor in return, but offered in times of need when no one was looking.

Rich and Dad, we will miss your big spirit and deep devotion to us. Many have loved your infectious ear to ear grin and hilarious stories, often infused with your perfectly twisted sense of humor. The best part of you had to be how well you raised your three children, how you passed along your great sense of humor, work ethic, and your examples of loyalty and selfless love for all. Friends say that you were a great guy with a beaming smile that could light up a room. Always there when needed, you are remembered and appreciated for your thoughtfulness and sincerity, being described as both “a caretaker” and “the wind beneath many wings.”

Richard was born in Woonsocket, R.I., graduating from Mount St. Charles Academy in 1970 and the University of Rhode Island in 1974. He obtained his Juris Doctor from Vermont Law School in 1977 and practiced law in both R.I. and Massachusetts with a specialty in real estate. He enjoyed his previous service on the Rhode Island Historical Preservation Commission, and he loved his time as Narragansett’s Probate Judge. He was fond of beach days at the Dunes Club and time spent with family at the Point Judith Country Club.

Although he loved his work, he also shared his love of the beach, golfing, and boating with his wife and children, often as a patient coach. His family was an ever-present focus. Strolling the outskirts of a frigid hockey rink or a windy lacrosse field, volunteering for snack duty at Little League and swim meets, shuttling the hour or more commute to and from school, and participating in music lessons are heartwarming memories for his family. Making each child feel special and validated, he set each one on individual paths. Life will not be the same without him.

Richard will be so deeply missed by his wife, Alison, children, Caitlin (Amanda), Brendan (Caitlin), and Patrick; his grandchildren, Emma, Callie, and Paxton Harold, as well as his mother, Ruth Degnan Toupin.

And so, until we are together again, rest in eternal peace most beautiful soul. Our love is with you forever.

A celebration of his life will be held at St. Peter’s by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, 72 Central Street, Narragansett, R.I., on Saturday, Nov. 18, at 10 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to St. Peter’s by-the-Sea. For guest book and condolences,