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In Memoriam

Remembering the Life of Richard P. Mills

Richard P. Mills

July 26, 1944 – August 13, 2020

It is with great sadness and extreme gratitude that we remember the life of Richard P. Mills, longtime Gloucester Stage board member, global advertising maverick, and beloved friend and father who died on August 13, 2020.

Richard found Gloucester Stage almost immediately after moving to Gloucester a decade ago. He became a fierce advocate for our mission and an outstanding and generous board member. Richard embodied the meaning of being a patron of a local arts organization at the highest level. Attentive and taciturn in discussions, when he spoke, he revealed his entrepreneurial experience and wisdom and was constantly calculating how the organization could better position itself for the future and how he could rope in his wonderful network of friends to help.

Richard had a highly successful advertising career in Boston, during a time in the marketing industry people still tell stories about today. Then, in the wake of the fall of the Soviet Union, he saw and seized on an untapped opportunity to bring cutting-edge American medical journals to an emerging Eastern European medical audience.

Richard cared deeply for this community, and he recognized the richness that arts and culture bring to Gloucester. He moved to Gloucester at the urging of his longtime friend and colleague, Arthur Stickney; quickley weaving himself into the fabric of Cape Ann. By chance, shortly after arriving here he met Amy Bell at a Rocky Neck party and the two quickly became inseparable. They traveled, they entertained, and they built a life of harmony, levity and happiness. In addition to his circle of friends at Gloucester Stage, he and Amy were members of the Eastern Point Yacht Club and the Bass Rocks Beach Club. He also described himself as a “daily communicant” of the morning coffee group at Cape Ann Coffees. Richard led a rich life with family and friends, and he was always the most colorfully, impeccably dressed gentleman in the room. We will miss his counsel, his effusive passion for theater, his support, and his frequent visits to the Gloucester Stage offices just to check in to see what we needed and how he could help.

We are honored that he suggested that donations in his memory could go to Gloucester Stage Company, where we have set up a special fund in his memory.