M. Richard Caldwell, born on July 14, 1946, died at East Jefferson Heart of Hospice on Sunday, March 21, 2021, after a brief illness. He was preceded in death by his parents, Morris William Caldwell and Ruth Roberts Caldwell, and his brother, William George Caldwell. A lifelong resident of New Orleans, Richard attended St. Leo the Great Parochial School and Jesuit High School. While lifting weights in his senior year, he suffered a stroke that resulted in permanent paralysis to his right arm and leg. After prolonged treatment at Children’s Hospital, he returned to Jesuit and graduated in 1965. Upon graduation he worked at the Bank of New Orleans and First National Bank of Commerce. After approximately 20 years in banking, he joined the security division of Corporate Realty and later worked at Vinson Security until his retirement. He was also a licensed property and casualty producer during his working years. Richard had a strong work ethic, often working 12 hour shifts at Vinson. He is survived by his sisters, Patricia C. Hihar and Mary C. Sklamba (Stephen) and his brother, Gregory J. Caldwell, who was his caregiver for the last 5 years. He is also survived by his beloved niece, Jennifer S. Demarest (Craig) and her children, Olivia Melville and Owen Melville, and his beloved niece and Godchild, Stephanie S. South (Chip) and their children, Austin South and Georgia Garland South. Also survived by his niece, Catherine H. McClain (William) and children, Allison and Damon, and nephew, Gene Hihar, Jr. and children, Christopher and Lily. Richard delighted in family barbeques, trips to Bay St. Louis, Italian food and sports on television. He was generous, kind and was always there to help his family. A private graveside service was held at Metairie Cemetery on Friday, March 26, 2021. The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff of East Jefferson Hospital and Heart of Hospice for their devoted care. Contributions to Children’s Hospital in his memory are appreciated. JACOB SCHOEN & SON FUNERAL HOME, 3827 Canal St. New Orleans, LA 70119 was in charge of arrangements. To sign the guest book, visit www.schoenfh.com
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