Richard Jules Berry, 63, of Havelock, died Thursday, Nov 5, 2015 in Raleigh, N.C.

Richard Jules Berry, 63, of Havelock, died Thursday, Nov 5, 2015 in Raleigh, N.C.

He leaves his son, Nickolas Berry; his daughter, Margrett Berry; a granddaughter; and many close friends.

Born in New Jersey and raised in Ohio, the son of the late Richard and Julanne (Py) Berry, he was a longtime resident of North Carolina and for many years was proud to call Havelock his home. After graduating from High School in Amherst, Ohio, he joined the United States Marine Corps, where he served as a deceptive counter measures technician. After serving with the Marine Corps, and having a love for the beach, Rick remained in the Havelock area. He was a local business owner, entrepreneur and salesman who could sell you your own shoes while you were still standing in them. He not only took pride in his business, but truly relished the friends he made during his time. Rick was a passionate man with love for his family, friends, music, motorcycles, animals, and the Constitution of the United States. Rick was a very witty and charismatic man, who collected as many unique treasures as he did “words,” each sparked his excitement to tell a story. However, early in 2013, Rick became ill and his ailments contributed to a bout of depression. In a state of confusion, Rick attempted to end his life. This placed Rick in a legal situation where he was sentenced to 10 years in the state prison. Rick passed away after serving almost 3 years of his “sentence to sadness,” he left with the hope that the Havelock community, the law enforcement officers and the county legal system would become educated and trained on identifying and assisting citizens suffering from depression. He will be greatly missed and our hearts will be forever broken.

A Memorial service is planned for a future date.

Please make memorials to NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) to promote crisis intervention training for all law enforcement officers - http://naminc.org/.

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