MANCHESTER, N.H. - Richard "Dick" Allen died Thursday, January 12, 2017, age 71, at Elliot Hospital following a courageous battle with Amyloidosis.

He leaves his daughter, Molly Zirillo, her husband Michael,and their children Julian and Christian, of Exeter. Also, his son, Patrick Allen and his wife Natalie of Wiscasset, Maine, their children Liam, Evangeline, Owen, and Patrick's daughter Mary Grace survive him as well as his mother, Helen Allen of Holyoke, Mass., his brother Bruce and family of Ludlow, Mass., and his brother Steve and family of Enfield, Conn.

Born in Holyoke, Mass., October 25, 1945, Dick grew up on Air Force bases around the world including Philippines, Bermuda, Panama.

He was a proud graduating member of the Madrid HS class of 1963 where he served as class president. Dick returned to the states to attend UNH; he graduated with a BA in Liberal Arts in 1969. He earned his Master's in Counseling in 1975.

Dick served active duty in the Navy for two years during the Vietnam Conflict.

He was in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve for a number of years as he ascended to Chief Petty Officer. He was called up to active duty in Dessert Storm, Dessert Shield and Iraqi Freedom. Dick relished his time spent at the U.S. Coast Guard in Boston. He especially enjoyed acting as MC for "Chief Initiations."

Dick began his 33 year career with the State of New Hampshire in 1971, working for various agencies, NHES and Welfare. He spent the majority of his career in Probation and Parole, eventually as the head of Probation/Parole, Strafford County. After retirement from the state, he served as the director of the Rockingham County Academy Program, a diversionary program designed as an alternative to prison.

Dick was a lifelong champion for human rights and social justice. He was a fierce Democrat and strongly believed in equality for all.

Above all, Dick loved spending time with his family and friends. He especially treasured being with his grandchildren; they brought him tremendous joy - See more at: