Richard E. “Dick” Batchelor, 83, of Falmouth, passed away at the Pat Roche Hospice in Hingham, with his wife and son by his side, on Sunday, April 28, 2019, after suffering a profound stroke at home on April 16th. He leaves his beloved wife, Alice (Miller) Batchelor, and his son, Dan V. Batchelor of New York. He is also survived by his two step-nephews in the UK, Andrew and Nick Tuggey, as well as many of Alice’s cousins who loved him dearly.
Dick was born in London, UK on the 4th of July, 1935 to Leslie R. and Winifred (Bannister) Batchelor. As a 1957 first class honors mathematics graduate of Kings College, University of London, he worked for de Havilland Aircraft Company and IBM UK. He moved to the USA after being recruited in 1962 by Honeywell, Inc. as a computer program developer. He won several honors, including the H.W. Sweatt Award, Honeywell’s highest technical achievement. He worked for Honeywell-Bull for 33 years, retiring in 1992 and soon after moved to the Cape.
Dick met his wife, Alice, at Arlington Street Church in Boston in 1964. They married on August 13, 1966, promising each other (in the words of Kahlil Gibran) to “let there be some spaces in your togetherness” which gave them over 53 years. They bought their first home in Wellesley, MA in 1968 where they lived until his retirement in 1995. They moved to Falmouth and enjoyed 23 joyful years there where the family had previously summered.
Dick also enjoyed growing orchids and was a past president of the Cape and Islands Orchid Society for two terms. His main interest was Falmouth Community Television. He produced a large number of documentaries covering events around Falmouth.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00am on Saturday, June 1st at St. Barnabas Church, 91 Main Street, Falmouth.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Dick’s favorite charity, Habitat for Humanity of Cape Cod, 411 Main St, Suite 6, Yarmouth Port, MA 02675 (www.habitatcapecod.org).