The unexpected passing of Richard “Rick” Graf, Jr. Monday, February 6, 2023, at the Colington home has been announced by Rick’s wife, Karen Graf. Rick, as he was best known, was 71 and born in Long Island, New York. He was the son of Richard Graf and Eleanor Meyer Graf who preceded him in death several years ago.
Studious and focused, Rick completed high school and earned his bachelor’s degree. Eventually, Rick used his education and people skills to work successfully in management positions at various companies in several states, including New Hampshire, Colorado, and Florida.
Most recently, Rick was employed with the Dare County Water Department as a trained water plant supervisor. Besides his work, Rick had many interests and special passions. He was proud of his 20 years of sobriety and devoted many hours working with the local AA to promote sober living. Rick also served the community he loved as a volunteer firefighter with the Colington Fire Department for over 20 years. For fun, Rick loved surf fishing, sailing, and riding his motorcycle.
In addition to his long-time companion and wife of 22 years, Karen- Rick is survived by his three children; Missy (husband Travis), Shannon (husband Haadin), and Ramsey; and his three step-children Jana (husband Jim), Ashley (Husband Karl) and A.J. Rick is also survived by 12 grandchildren, many other relatives, extended family members, and countless friends as well as his AA family.
The family is honoring Rick’s preference for cremation. A celebration of Rick’s life will be held sound-side at Colington Club House Sunday, February 12, 2023, at 10 am. Seating will be limited- friends are welcome to bring beach chairs.
In lieu of flowers, the family is gratefully requesting memorial donations towards Rick’s funeral expenses. Please donate online at www.gallopfuneralservices.com via https://swipesimple.com/links/lnk_27172c57 or call directly at 252-216-8030.
Please share condolences with the family at www.gallopfuneralservices.com. Gallop funeral Services, Inc. is entrusted with arrangements.