Richard J. O’Callaghan, who owned the East Hampton News Company for 20 years and who served as the executive director of the East Hampton Chamber of Commerce, died on Friday from complications of diabetes. He was 82.
Mr. O’Callaghan was born in Westchester County on Jan. 20, 1930, a son of Eugene Francis O’Callaghan and the former Catherine S. Harold. He grew up in Greenwhich, Conn., and attended the Brunswick Preparatory School there. After serving with the Army in Korea, he studied art.
In New York City, Mr. O’Callaghan became a sales executive with Northwest Airlines and later with the Commerce Clearing House. In 1968, he married Agnes Hudson, who survives.
Denise Valenti, Mr. O’Callaghan’s daughter, said that for a time her father was the Long Island Rail Road’s commuter who had logged the longest distance, traveling from East Hampton to the city and back each day. “He brought the conductors home on Friday night,” Ms. Valenti recalled.
She also remembered how the East Hampton News Company store was a regular meeting place and informal round table for East Hampton residents. “It was very popular,” distributing 2,000 copies of The New York Times on Sundays, she said. Mr. O’Callaghan also worked for the Riverhead Lumber Company for a time.
In addition to Ms. Valenti of Newport Beach, Calif., and his wife, Mr. O’Callaghan is survived by his son, Gene O’Callaghan, also of Newport Beach, two grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren, as well as a sister, Jane Mahncke of Carolina Shores, N.C.
A memorial service will be held at the Yardley and Pino Funeral Home in East Hampton next Thursday at 11 a.m. Memorial contributions were suggested for the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, Va. 22312.