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On Thursday morning, February 29, Richard Lee McFillin, loving partner and father of two, passed away at age sixty-five.

While he was born in Martinsburg, West Virginia to the late James L. McFillin and Sandra Sue Kief, Rich lived most of his life in Baltimore, Maryland, serving thirty-four years with the Baltimore County Police Department. He is survived by his two daughters, Krista Meyers (Michael)and Deanna McFillin(Stuart Ellis), and was “Pop Pop” to Lillyann McFillin and Charlotte Ellis. Brother to Carolyn Auman (Harry), Donald McFillin, James L. McFillinIII (Sharon) and Robert McFillin (Lori).  Longtime father figure, mentor and friend Anthony Scoblick (Debbie). And his best friend, Dorada.  He is also preceded in death by brother James L. McFillin Jr. and sister Sheri L. Clark.

Any one who knew Rich knew him as an avid pilot and plane enthusiast. It was at a Fly-In event that he met his fiancée of 8 years, Dr. Nhu-an Nguyen.  Bonding over their love of aviation,  they travelled to many air shows and were nearly finished building an airplane together.

Rich was best known for his love to talk to people. Returning a missed call to Rich, even immediately, was difficult as he was usually already on the phone with someone else.  And because of his charisma and good humor, there was almost no where Rich could go without either bumping into a friend (including the middle of the Chesapeake Bay) or making a new one.  He was also generous with his time and skills.  Many friends and family members have an anecdote of him lending a hand, helping them move, or literally giving them the shirt off his back. There is no one he wouldn’t do a favor for, and he never asked for anything in return.

Rich enjoyed watching old TV shows and western movies. He even named his beloved dog, Dorada, which was inspired by a John Wayne film. He will always be remembered by his fiancée, children, siblings, police colleagues, and aviation family.

Visitation will be held at the family owned Duda-Ruck Funeral Home of Dundalk, Inc., 7922 Wise Ave. on Wednesday March 6th from 2-4 and 6-8 PM. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Rita Catholic Church on Thursday at 9 AM. Cremation to follow.

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