Richard Charles Sweet – October 4, 2021

Richard Charles Sweet, 62, of Andover, passed away suddenly on October 4, 2021, at his home. Rick was born on March 21, 1959 in North Tarrytown New York, to Richard Clark Sweet and Laurel (Cassell) Sweet.

Growing up Rick enjoyed sports, playing football for his entire high school career at Sleepy Hollow High School as a Headless Horseman. He was most at ease outdoors and enjoyed camping, hiking, and as a child dreamed of being a forest ranger. He went on to obtain a Bachelors degree in Grounds Maintenance from Alfred State University in New York.

Rick had an amazing voice and spent many years singing in the church choir as well as with the Area Choir. His heartfelt voice will be missed by his church family.

Rick’s true passion was carpentry. He loved working with his hands and his incredible attention to detail was evident in anything he built, earning a reputation as a master craftsman. He owned and operated his business, Sweet Shelters, providing countless repairs and remodeling of area homes. He took great pride in his work, which served him well as he went on to a successful career at Hypertherm where he worked as a CNC machinist until his passing.

Through all of his life and all of his accomplishments, nothing meant more to Rick, nor brought him more joy, than his daughter Abigail. Anyone that met Rick was well aware of his undeniable love for her. She was his pride and joy from the moment she was born.

Rick is survived by his daughter Abigail Morris Sweet and her mother Jennifer of New London. His sisters, Pattie (Sweet) Perry, of Roanoke, Virginia, and Laurie Sweet Brown, of Bradford. Nieces, Sara and Stephanie Perry; nephews, Tate and Noah Sweet Brown; cousins, Doug Sweet of Sutton, Jeff Sweet of Wilmot; his first wife and lifelong friend, Roberta Daw of Sunapee.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, October 17, at 3 PM, at the South Newbury Union Church, located at 162 Village Road, for Rick’s family and friends to honor his memory. Refreshments after the service will be a time to share stories and memories.

A private family burial will occur later.