Richard Procopio

Richard V. Procopio

November 12, 1946 - January 17, 2020
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ROCKLAND – Richard V. Procopio, 73, died Friday, January 17, 2020, at the Sussman House in Rockport, after an extended illness.

Known for his self-deprecating humor and his love of buxom women, Richard always thought he lived a charmed life. The only son of Americo and Elizabeth Ann Barletta Procopio, Richard readily admits he was spoiled as a child and very much thought he should be. In his youth he thought maybe he was destined for greatness, but soon realized that maybe he would just do a couple of good things in his life and that would be fine.

He did a number of things in his life – taught, photographed, developed a line of greeting cards, etc., but he realized that the most important thing about his life was that he loved and was loved. Everything else was secondary.

Before he died, he acknowledged that there were a few things he would miss: listening to the music his talented son had created; the fishing trips out west with his fishing buddies; the love and kindness of his good friends and Sunday afternoons taking his wife out for a crab roll and then exploring the alcoves of Lobster Lane Book Store for hidden gems. Most of all he will miss looking into his wife’s beautiful eyes.

To all his friends and family, he doesn’t want them to be sad (though he does want to be missed), but wishes them all the happiness, joy, and love he had in his life.

Richard is survived by his beloved wife, Cheryl Michels of Rockland and his beloved son, Jon-Michael Procopio of New York City.

No services will be held at this time. Those who wish may make memorial donations to Pope Memorial Humane Society of Knox County, P.O. Box 1294, Rockland, ME 04841, or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 338105.

Arrangements are in the care of Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, Rockland. To share a memory or story with Richard’s family, please visit their online Book of Memories at
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Jim Kosinski

Posted at 06:46pm
Richard was an exceptional teacher with kindness & encouragement for everyone. He always brought out the best in his students at the Maine Photographic Workshops.

David H Lyman

Posted at 11:23am
I hired Richard (never Dick) as the first full time faculty member of my brand new summer school for photography, The Maine Photographic Workshops. That was the summer of 1973, and Richard had just completed graduate school at Ohio University. He remained on staff for more then a dozen years as the school became a year round center for visual storytellers.

I remember Richard as the quiet one on staff. He was capable, kind, but he stayed in the background.
While he lacked drive and passion of a practicing photographer, he more than made up that that with a true caring for his students. His talent was he was likable. I loved his sense of humor and his ability to kid around with the rest of us. He left photography after many years and picked up the saxophone. He led an interesting and quiet life and will be remembered by the original crew that help me build The Workshops into the world class center it is today.
Sent from David Lyman’s iPhone while in assignment in the Caribbean.

Kriste Ernest

Posted at 06:34pm
Oh Cheryl, I am so very, very sorry. I heard Richard stories from you for many years until I met him in person through work at Pope. I know how valiantly he fought over the years, what a wonderfully, talented, sweet man. Blessed be Richard.

Heather Russell

Posted at 06:25pm
will always remember your smart comments, the practical jokes I played on you and the way you always responded with quick humor! ( your tie is showing!) No one was as good at the one liners as you were ! You had a huge heart and an even bigger smile that I will remember.You introduced me to photography,the art world, and you told me the greatest "upta camp" and "there was this one time at fly fishing camp"stories!! ( always with the "dont repeat that to anyone, and you didnt hear it from me"!) I admired the way you loved animals, the way you knew how to have fun and enjoy life, and the way you believed in paying it forward You will be missed and Im glad our paths crossed in this life..for now, I raise a toast and cigar to you on your next adventure. ~Heather

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