Celebration of Life
Richie’s in-person Celebration of Life has been rescheduled.
Saturday, May 15, 2021, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
There will be limited space, so please contact Michael or Kimberly by phone, email or the contact form below to let them know how many are attending.
Music and Stories
We’re sad that Richie has passed, but he liked to dwell on the amazing things in life… so we’ll celebrate with music and funny stories like he would’ve wanted us to, and not dwell in sadness.
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…
In Lieu of Flowers
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.”
Send a check payable to
CNU Education Foundation
write John L. Allen Scholarship in the memo.
CNU Education Foundation
c/o Kim Hinson
1 Avenue of the Arts
Newport News, VA 23606
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.