Richard Edward Allen

Richard Edward Allen, 36-year resident of Peconic, died Friday, Dec. 27, 2019. He was 82 years old.

Dick was born Oct. 5, 1937, in Flushing, N.Y., to Katherine E. (Healy) and Edward J. Allen.

After high school, he joined the United States Navy as a Seabee from 1957 to 1958. Following his service, he attained his associates degree from Farmingdale University, his bachelors degree from Adelphi University in Garden City and then his masters degree from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City.

On May 25, 1963, he married the love of his life, Diane M. (nee Allison) Allen in Huntington, N.Y., and together they had two children.

Dick joined the ranks of the Suffolk County Police Department in 1962. His career spanned 37 years. He retired as inspector. He was a member of numerous police organizations, Emerald Society, Knights of Columbus, Detectives Association, Superior Officers Association, Police Conference Association and Our Lady of Ostrabrama R.C. Church.

Dick was loved and admired by many. A man who always stood up for what he believed in and what was right, regardless of the consequences.

He loved hunting and fishing, but his true love was spending time with his family and friends. He was their guiding light.

Predeceased by his brother Edward J. Allen, Jr., he is survived by his wife Diane; his children, Marianne Boland (Aidan) of Cutchogue and Richard F. Allen of Catskill, N.Y.; his grandchild, James Parker Boland; and siblings Thomas W. Allen (Mary Lynne) of Charles Town, W.V., Patricia Allen Sullivan (Daniel) of Long Lake, N.Y., and Barbara J. Allen of Santee, Calif.

The family will receive friends Thursday, Jan. 2, from 3 to 7 p.m. at DeFriest-Grattan Funeral Home in Mattituck. The Liturgy of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, Jan. 3, at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Good Counsel R.C. Church in Mattituck, officiated by Monsignor Joseph W. Staudt. Interment with U.S. Navy honors will follow at Calverton National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Lustgarten Foundation or National Kidney Foundation would be appreciated.

This is a paid notice.