Richard H. (Dick) Daly died November 11, 2017, in Front Royal, Virginia. Dick was born in Montreal, Canada on January 4, 1923, the fourth child of Mr. and Mrs. William John Daly. In 1927, the family moved to the United States, where they settled in the city of Newton, Massachusetts. Dick graduated from Newton High School in June 1940, and attended Boston College for two years.
On December 7, 1941, he was appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis. Dick attended the Naval Academy during the war years and graduated in June 1945, with the degree of Bachelor of Science in Engineering and was commissioned as Ensign, U.S. Navy. In March 1947, Dick married Elizabeth Ann Lynch in Washington, D.C. He served for three years of sea duty in the Navy and entered Naval flight training in Pensacola, Florida, receiving his Navy wings in November 1949. He served as a fighter pilot in Fighter Squadron Seventy Three at Quonset Point, R.I. For twenty years Dick served on active duty with the Navy in various assignments and retired as a Lieutenant Commander on July 1, 1965.
After retirement from the Navy, the Daly family moved to Mercer Island, Washington., where he was employed by the Boeing Company. For the following nineteen years, until his retirement in 1984, he worked as an engineer and later as a flight test engineer on the Boeing AWACS Sentry program.
Following the death of his wife, Elizabeth Ann Lynch, in 1968, he married Mary Alice Hood in 1976. Dick and Mary had seasonal residences in and around the Phoenix area from the early 1980s and had purchased a home in Rio Verde, Arizona in 1997. They moved permanently to Rio Verde in late 2004.
He is survived by five children, Kathleen Bauernfeind (Brian), Pekin, IL; Dr. Richard H. Daly, Jr. (Marilyn), York, PA; Dr. Patricia A. Daly (John Head), Washington, VA; Suzanne Rosenthal (Allan), Seattle, WA; and Thomas Hood (Sheila), Tampa, FL; 6 granddaughters, 1 grandson, and 14 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by daughter Mary Beth in March 2011, and Mary Daly in July 2013.
Dick was active in golf, tennis and squash. He was a member of the Washington Athletic Club where he played squash for many years. He achieved the title of National Veteran Squash Champion sixteen times and continued to play squash at the Camelback Village Racquet & Health Club to the age of 94. He was also a member of the Rio Verde Country Club where he played golf and tennis. Dick was a faithful member of Saint Dominic Mission in Rio Verde, the Retired Military Officers Association, the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association, and a life member of the United States Squash Racquets Association.
After services at the Church of St. Ignatius of Loyola in Chestnut Hill, MA, on November 18, 2017, he was interred in the family plot in the Holyhood Cemetery Field of St. Paul, Brookline, Massachusetts. Memorial gifts may be given to the St. Dominic Catholic Mission, 25603 N. Danny Ln #2, Rio Verde, AZ 85236.