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Richard Wilde

Richard A Wilde

Saturday, May 25th, 2019
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Richard A. Wilde, 55, of Salt Point, NY, died at his family’s home on Ocean Point Road in East Boothbay on Friday, May 24, 2019. Richard was born in Hartford, CT, in 1963 to Wilson and Joanne Wilde, beloved members of the Boothbay community. Dick graduated from the Loomis Chafee School and Williams College before going on to receive a Juris Doctorate from the University of Connecticut School of Law and a Masters of Laws in International Law from the Rijksuniversiteit Leiden.

After leading business development at a Boston-area tech startup, Dick practiced immigration law and helped settle refugees in New Hampshire. Dick eventually joined ABC News in New York, where he was Director of News Practices and then Director of Development and Partnerships. During his time at ABC, Dick continued to work behind the scenes helping immigrants in need of asylum secure a safe life in the United States. In 2013, Dick returned to the world of tech startups and served as Senior Vice President of Business Development at Pixel Corps. Highlights of his time with Pixel Corps included developing and producing high-visibility livestream events with President Barack Obama in the White House and with Pope Francis in the Vatican.

Dick’s proudest and most important professional work was serving on the board of the Bob Woodruff Foundation from 2012 until the time of his death. The Bob Woodruff Foundation ensures that injured veterans and their families thrive long after they return home; since its founding in 2007, the Foundation has directly impacted the lives of over 3 million US Veterans, their families, and caregivers. Dick was instrumental in the development of the Foundation and was especially active in planning the Foundation’s annual Stand Up for Heroes event in New York.

In 1996, Dick met and fell in love with Steven D. Smith, Professor of Classics and Comparative Literature at Hofstra University, whom he married in Brookline, MA, in 2004. Dick and Steven shared a home in Salt Point, NY, where their life together was one of lasting joy and deep mutual devotion. Dick adored his two dogs, Loki and Blitz. Dick always lived life to the fullest with his husband. He was an avid traveler. He loved good food, good wine, and all of life’s pleasures. He enjoyed shooting sporting clays with friends in New York’s Hudson Valley region, and throughout his life he was a passionate Red Sox fan. He was thrilled to experience the Red Sox win the World Series not once, but four times in his lifetime.

Dick is survived by his loving husband, Steven; his siblings Elisabeth L. Wilde and David W. Wilde; nephews Tucker, Kyle, Eben, Ryan, Tyler, and Christopher; and his niece Skyler. He was predeceased by his brother Stephen W. Wilde and by his parents.

His family will hold a private memorial.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that donations be made to the Asylum & Human Rights Law Clinic at the University of Connecticut School of Law and to the Bob Woodruff Foundation.
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George Bruno

Posted at 04:49pm
I will miss Dick, outstanding lawyer, humanitarian, and good friend. He worked with me for 5 years at USA Group International for 5 years and with Diplomatic Observer MIssions surrounding the NH Presidential Primary. He leaves a large void.

Ambassador George Bruno, ret.
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Posted at 01:27pm
I feel so lucky to have known Dick WIlde. He was so level headed, smart and funny. I'll miss his stoic humor and ability to always find a solution for every situation. The first time I met Dick was in NY in a hotel bar with the crew, after they had just wrapped a livestream that my husband was working on. I told him he had a doppelgänger and proceeded to facetime the guy in the bar and show him. Dick being his charming self...played along : )

Kristina Poženel

Posted at 09:26pm
How I will miss working with Dick, giggling with Dick, getting stuck at the strangest airports with Dick, speaking Spanish with Dick, receiving great dane photos from Dick, and getting advice on how to become a good American...
My beautiful friend, hope you rest a little and then continue to laugh your way through wherever you are! The skies of NYC have been thundering for you!
My sincerest condolences to his family and friends. Much love to Stephen and the pups.

Braden Glenn

Posted at 03:56pm
I worked closely with Dick at Pixel Corps. We produced many events together on the road and I frequented New York City to work with him regularly. I can't express the sadness that I feel since hearing this terrible news. Dick was incredibly intelligent, good humored, full of positive energy, and a reliable friend. I once reached out to him for legal advice when my apartment flooded in Washington DC. He was so kind, thoughtful, and supportive. I will forever treasure the memories we shared. I can still hear his laugh, and it will continue to make me smile. Rest well, my friend. Sending my love to the friends and family who will miss this wonderful man.

lauren cavalea

Posted at 12:49pm
I am sending my deepest condolences and prayers to the family and friends of Dick Wilde.
He was a brilliant and most caring man. I am very lucky and grateful to have met him and to have known him during his years here at ABC News. My fondest memory was the night he had me work at a Bob Woodruff event with him in NYC. He always encouraged those around him. He was the best.

May God Bless him.

Eternal rest grant to him, O Lord; and let light perpetual shine upon him. May his soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

- Lauren Cavalea (Caglione)

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