Richard McDermott, 81, had served in the Air Force

Richard McDermott, 81, of Sherman, died unexpectedly at Danbury Hospital, Nov. 27, 2010. He was the husband of Marian (Campion) McDermott and the late Arline (Burr) McDermott.

Mr. McDermott was born Jan. 6, 1929, in Dorcester, Mass., son of the late George and Louise (Boland) McDermott.

After his mother's death, he was raised in Waban, Mass., by his father, grandmother and Aunt Emily.

He later moved to Port Washington, N.Y., to live with his father and stepmother, Virginia (Smith) McDermott.

Mr. McDermott graduated from Port Washington High School in 1947 and attended the University of Virginia for three years before joining the military.

He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War, continuing his education at the University of Bridgeport upon his return.

Mr. McDermott was employed by Automatic Signal in Norwalk as a sales engineer until his retirement in 1994.

He will be especially remembered for his love, kindness and great devotion to his family.

Mr. McDermott was an avid fan of the Boston Red Sox and the New England Patriots. He loved sailing and racing his Hobie Cat and all things nautical.

He greatly enjoyed college sports, especially lacrosse and football.

In addition to his wife, Marian, of 12 years, he is survived by three daughters and their spouses, Patricia McDermott, Kathleen and James Stroud II, and Colleen and John Gallo; a brother, George McDermott Jr., and his wife, Helen; a sister, Emily McDermott, and her husband, Richard Sewall.

He is also survived by five grandchildren, Julie, James and Melanie Stroud and Sean and Kailey Gallo; five stepchildren and their spouses, Mark and Kayleen Campion, Jennifer and Peter McCartt, Eleanor and Doug Spangler, Beth and Simon Porter and Victoria and Nick VonderWense; 11 step-grandchildren, Liam, Kayleen and Bridget Campion, Camilla and Miles McCartt, Owen, Andrew and Noah Spangler, Eric and Molly Porter and Finn VonderWense; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a grandson, Kevin Gallo.

The Green Funeral Home of Danbury was in charge of arrangements.