Richard Paul Charlton, 88, of Pocasset died May 17 at South Shore Hospital. He was known as Rock.
He was the husband of Maureen (Murphy) Charlton. They had been married for 63 years at the time of her death in December 2019.
Mr. Charlton was raised in Dorchester and attended Cathedral High School; his classmate was Maureen Murphy. He was an avid athlete during his youth, playing baseball for St. Paul’s in the Boston Park league and for his high school.
He graduated from Boston College, where he played both halfback and defensive back on the football team and scored the only touchdown in a 6-0 win over then archrival Holy Cross. A member of the Gridiron Club, he and his wife, also a BC grad, built lifelong friendships with his teammates and their families.
During the Korean War, he enlisted in the US Army and was stationed at Fort Holabird in Baltimore in the Counterintelligence Unit.
Following his honorable discharge, Mr. Charlton taught elementary school in Baltimore and Waltham. He was the first principal of the Lillian Jacobs School in Hull and then the superintendent for two decades. He pursued graduate courses at Northeastern University, his studies culminating in a doctorate in education.
Mr. Charlton retired as superintendent of schools in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.
He and his wife were active members of the Boston College Club of Cape Cod and organized many away game football trips and events. Mr. Charlton also enjoyed rounds of golf on the Cape with his friends, and he and his wife traveled to Ireland many times through the years.
He leaves his daughter, Maura Sweetnam and her husband, Paul Sweetnam, of Marblehead; two grandchildren; three siblings, Mary Petruccelli of Yarmouth, Thomas Charlton of Braintree and Dorothy Lovett, his twin, of Milton; and extended family.
Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by his sister Alice Kelly.
A funeral Mass was celebrated on Tuesday, June 1, at St. John the Evangelist Church in Pocasset.
Burial was at Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne.