Obituary: Richard Austin Cloughley

Mr. Cloughley, 87, formerly of Winter Garden, died Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019.

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Richard Austin Cloughley of Merritt Island, Florida, died Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, at the age of 87 years.

Richard was born June 14, 1932, in Tampa, Florida. When he was 5 years old, his family moved to Winter Garden, Florida. There, he graduated from Lakeview High School. He graduated college from CIT (Carnegie Mellon University), Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he was an Alpha Tau Omega and met the love of his life and wife, Janet Gere.

Richard enrolled in the Air Force Cadets and there during his service was introduced to the computer industry. He spent the next 30-plus years setting up large-scale computer systems.

Richard enjoyed fishing and boating on the St. Johns River. He had a passion for painting and woodworking. He was an avid gardener.

Richard is predeceased by his elder brother, Donald G. Cloughley, and his parents, James and Alpha Cloughley of Winter Garden, Florida.

He leaves behind his wife of 63 years, Janet G. Cloughley, of Merritt Island, Florida; son, Michael G. Cloughley, and his wife, Sarah Oaks-Cloughley, of Radnor, Pennsylvania; daughter, Jeanne M. Cloughley, and her husband, Michael Hayes ,of Edgewater, Maryland; son, John C. Cloughley, of Norristown, Pennsylvania; and daughter, Patricia S. Santos, and her husband, Luiz, of Merritt Island, Florida; his grandchildren, Benjamin C. Hayes, James F. Hayes and Margaret G. Hayes; his nephew, James Eagle Cloughley, and wife, Kim Modesitt Cloughley; niece, Ellen Cloughley Jackson, and her husband, Dr. David (Skokie); and niece, Megan Cloughley Daufeldt, and her husband, Henry.

The family will have a private service to memorialize his life later this year.

Please consider in lieu of flowers, gifts to the Health First Foundation in memory of Richard in thanks for the special care Health First Home Care provided our family. Gifts can be sent to Health First Foundation, 1350 S. Hickory Street, Melbourne, FL 32901 or


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