Richard Dean Doggett III was born on November 18, 1943. His loving parents were Richard D. Doggett II and Bessie Currie Doggett. His early childhood was spent in Orange, NJ, where he attended public schools. In high school, he excelled in sports including football, baseball, and ice-skating. Rick had many interests including literature, world history, and music. He attended Rutgers University and took classes during his retirement at Brookdale Community College. Rick was a member of the First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens, Somerset NJ. Rick was the ultimate entrepreneur. He started many business ventures including car sales and direct marketing. He also was an assistant administrator for UMDNJ.
Rick loved the water and enjoyed quiet moments at the Shrewsbury River fishing and talking with fellow fishermen. He had the gift of conversation, referring to all he had a connection with as “Buddy.” He was a musician and prided himself on his membership in the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, creative spoken-word poetry, and music scores. He registered over a dozen titles with the El Cid Project. Rick also enjoyed ballroom dancing class and maritime lessons. He was courageous and fearless in the face of illness over many years. He was always positive and looked towards a silver lining during his health challenges.
Rick leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife, Dorothy Melissa. They had a special bond that goes beyond words. They continue to be connected in faith, truth and knowledge. Together they were strong and brave. He was so very proud of his children, celebrating every life milestone. Rick was a devoted father to Richard D. Doggett IV, NJ, Andrea Doggett, FL, Dominique Peart (Phil), GA, and Dr. Chantelle Young, TN. Rick was a supportive stepfather to Joshua, Arianna, and Cameron. He was the best “Pop Pop” to Brandon, Benjamin, and Baby Girl Brenae who will make her debut September 2020. Rick was a cherished son to Bessie Currie Doggett, FL. Together they would encourage each other. She would always tell him to “Be Careful” and remind him to listen to the Marvin Gaye classic “What’s Going On.” His many special life-long friends included Howard Sims, Paul McCue and Lakhvir Singh and host of other relatives and friends.
Rick departed this earthly life on Sunday afternoon, July 5, 2020. He is now wearing his angel wings forever. No more pain and suffering, just joy and peace.
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