Richard Worthington, who grew up in East Hampton and taught elementary school in the upstate town of Greenwich for 30 years, died Sunday at St. Mary’s Hospital in Troy, N.Y., following a short illness. He was 75.
Known to friends and family as Dick, Mr. Worthington was born in Southampton on Aug. 4, 1936. Mr. Worthington’s family tree went back to the early Southampton settlers of the 1670s.
His family moved to East Hampton when he was a child. He graduated from East Hampton High School in 1954. After briefly attending the University of Buffalo School of Pharmacy, he decided that teaching was the profession he wanted to pursue and transferred to the State University at Potsdam.
It was there that he got to know his future wife, Louise Sarr. They met in a restaurant where both were working, struggling to make ends meet, Ms. Worthington said. They married in Mottville, N.Y., on June 11, 1960.
Mr. Worthington graduated from Potsdam in 1961. He taught for a couple of years in Canton, N.Y., before moving to Greenwich, where he taught sixth grade until his retirement in 1994.
Mr. Worthington loved sports and was part of the Greenwich sports program for many years. He was one of the founders and coaches of the Elks eighth grade basketball tournament. He also assisted the local football program, filming games. He was an enthusiastic fan of the Yankees.
Mr. Worthington was a member of the Elks, the Lions Club, and the Emergency Relief Committee, an interfaith group dedicated to taking food and clothing to those in need.
He loved his children and grandchildren very much, his family said, and liked nothing better than to brag about their accomplishments. He also loved doing crossword puzzles, playing solitaire, and traveling. In 2010, to celebrate their 50th anniversary, Mr. and Ms. Worthington traveled to Hawaii, which completed their lifelong quest to visit all 50 states.
Mr. Worthington maintained a subscription to The East Hampton Star throughout the years and always looked forward to the Saturday mail delivery of his old hometown’s newspaper.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Worthington is survived by three daughters, Katharyn Bischof of Darmstadt, Germany, Susan Worthington of Raleigh, N.C., and Sarah Denaker of Greenwich, N.Y., five grandchildren, and two sisters, Carole DiGangi of Clearwater, Fla., and Judy Maguire of Hampton Bays.
To celebrate Mr. Worthington’s life, a memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Feb. 18 at the United Church of Greenwich.
The family suggests memorial donations in his name to the Easton-Greenwich Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 84, Greenwich, N.Y. 12834, or to the United Church of Greenwich, Salem Street, Greenwich, N.Y. 12834.