There is a spirit of sadness here at Adah Hall today as we recently learned that Mr. Richard Kidd (USN), My predecessor as the caretaker of this fine old house passed away on Saturday. I only met him one time but we were constantly in contact through my neighbor, Susan. He was a fine man who left big shoes to fill. I expect that I will feel him walking these floors now as he spent such a long time calling this house home. I send prayers and best wishes to his family and friends, especially to Susan next door. Mr. Kidd was a great man and I will do what I can to continue his legacy in service to the Adah Hall House and the trustees. RIP Mr. Kidd.
-- Kyle Harney, Adah Hall House Caretaker
Richard E. Kidd, 94, passed away on November 5, 2017 in South Carolina. He is survived by his companion of fifty years, Susan Ludlow of Pembroke, three sons and three grandchildren and predeceased former wife, Charlotte Kidd. He graduated from Hanover High School in 1941 and joined the Navy September 1941. He served on the destroyer USS Emmons DD-457 in World War IIwhich participated in the Battle of Normandy. He never forgot his shipmates and enjoyed many ship's reunions where memories of their experiences in Russian, Africa, France and South America were shared.
He mustered out of the Navy in November 1946 and started his career with Aetna Engineering in Pembroke, He traveled all over New England installing and service water pumps for towns, municipalities and manufacturing plants. After forty years he retired to enjoy his many interests. He was also a dedicated caretaker and tenant of the historic Adah Hall House in Pembroke for over forty years where he enjoyed mowing the large lawn, tending his wonderful vegetable garden and a small flock of chickens. Burial was private at the Center Cemetery. Donations in Richard's memory may be made to the USS Emmons Association Scholarship Fund c/o Thomas Hoffman, Treasurer 3136 Northampton Street Bethlehem, PA 18020.
Published in Pembroke Mariner & Reporter from Dec. 2 to Dec. 15, 2017