Richard C. Allen

Celebration of Life Has Been Postponed

From rising Covid cases and fatalities, the State of Virginia announced new restrictions limiting gatherings to 25 people. Because of this we are postponing the in-person Celebration to a later date. We’ll post more information about any smaller meetups and the rescheduled Celebration here when we know more. You can also contact Michael or Kimberly by phone, email or the contact form below.

Richie’s Life and Passing

Richard “Richie” Clarence Allen, 72, passed away Saturday, October 24, doing something he loved – camping in the mountains. A lifelong resident of Newport News and Gloucester, Richie loved music, comedy, theater, and telling and hearing hilarious stories. He graduated from Newport News High School and served with the US Coast Guard during the Vietnam Conflict. In remembering his service, he often reflected on the brilliance of the stars in the night sky and beauty of the vast ocean, even during times of trouble. Following his service, he had a long career in the Newport News Shipyard, working in various departments, with his favorite being retirement.

Richie had experienced personal loss and sadness, but he liked to focus on the amazing and wonderful things in life. For 20 years, he acted with, directed, supported and eventually led the Gloucester theatre group “The Courthouse Players.” His role as The Cowardly Lion was a particular favorite among his friends and the children in his community. Whether acting, playing softball, jamming with musicians, delighting in nature, or embarking on epic trips and adventures, he enjoyed being with friends and family, and always followed his heart.
Read his full obituary…

Music and Stories

We’re sad that Richie has passed, but he liked to dwell on the amazing things in life… so we’ll try to celebrate with music and funny stories like he would’ve wanted us to, and not dwell in sadness.

Celebration of Life

Richie was really social and loved a good party. We wish we could throw a big bash and anyone who knew him could come. Sadly in these times we have to scale it back.

From rising Covid cases and fatalities, the State of Virginia announced new restrictions limiting gatherings to 25 people. Because of this we are postponing the in-person Celebration to a later date. We’ll post more information about any smaller meetups and the rescheduled Celebration here when we know more. You can also contact Michael or Kimberly by phone, email or the contact form below.

In Lieu of Flowers

Christopher Newport University
John L. Allen, Jr. Theatre Scholarship

Richie loved theatre, and also loved his brother John and his wife Mary.

John was president of the Christopher Newport University Theatre Guild, and Mary was one of its founders. The John L. Allen, Jr. Theatre Scholarship is named after him. It supports a freshman or sophomore studying theatre tech and design who “exhibits dedication, reliability and a capacity for developing theater artistry.” 

To donate,
Send a check payable to
CNU Education Foundation
write John L. Allen Scholarship in the memo.

Mail to
CNU Education Foundation
c/o Kim Hinson
1 Avenue of the Arts
Newport News, VA 23606

The Courthouse Players

Richie performed in his first play, Inherit the Wind, in 1988 with The Courthouse Players, staged inside and around a real courthouse in Gloucester, VA. For more than 20 years, he performed, built sets, hung lights, directed and eventually became president of The Courthouse Players. 

Donate to The Courthouse Players, online or by mail, from their site.

Contact Richie’s Family

This message will reach Richie's family. Please write us if you'd like to share a story about Richie or have other questions. Also if you want to attend the private celebration and we don't already know, help us keep a count.