It is with broken hearts and profound sadness that we had to say goodbye to our dad. He
is at home with the Lord and reunited with our mom.
Harry Richard Speight, 76, of Citra Florida, a Retired Lieutenant in the Rhode Island
State Police, a loyal and devoted husband, father, and grandfather passed away peacefully
Saturday February 17, 2023.
His celebration of life service will be held at 4:00pm Saturday March 25, 2023, at the
Double S Red Barn in Ocala Florida. We will be sharing a meal with family and friends to honor
and remember him. He loved spending time around a table sharing a meal together with family
and friends laughing and sometimes crying, and we could not think of a better way to honor and
We will be traveling to RI in the fall to hold a memorial for friends and family up North.
Tentative Date is October 4, 2023, at which time we will update details.
Harry was born on November 6, 1946, in Lincoln RI to parents Harry and Dorcas
Speight. He grew up surrounded by family and friends on Great Road in Lincoln on his family
farm. Both of his parents are deceased. Harry’s father was killed in action when Harry was only
three years old. Harry honored his fathers memory by sharing his memorabilia and stories for
years. He was an only child but grew up with friends and family that he considered to be his
Harry, or Dickie, as they called him in high school, has many high school friends that he
has stayed in touch with over the years. He was always considered one of the nicest guys in high
school, with a great sense of humor and a contagious laugh, which never changed. After
graduating from Pawtucket West High School, he attended Bryant College and was a member of
the Rhode Island State Police Academy Graduating Class of 1968
Harry was a proud member of the Rhode Island State Police, where he loyally served 25
years of his life and retired as a Lieutenant. He cherished his time in the State Police and shared
so many stories of his career over the years. His partners on the force became family to him and
he has kept in touch with many until the day he passed. He proudly served on the Governors
detail for Governor Garrahy and his family and that was one of his proudest times spent on the
After he retired Harry and his family moved to Ocala Florida where he and his family
have resided for the last 30 years. Harry loved his family and friends dearly. He loved raising his
family on the farm and within the agriculture industry and could always be found helping his
grandchildren with their many animal projects.
He was married to Michelle B. Speight for 47 years at which time she passed away after a
long and valiant battle with breast cancer. Harry is survived by his four daughters, Shelley Sharp
and her children Derek, Patrick, Harrison, and Lydia. Stephany Speight. Carrie Conner and her
children, Walter, Lydia, Noah, Lily, and Aurora. Amanda Durham and her husband Anthony
along with their children, Brynliegh and Evelyn.
Harry will be dearly missed and always remembered. He was truly one of the good ones.
He was a man of honor, integrity, and character. He had an incredible work ethic, a kind, honest,
and caring nature, and a witty and sarcastic sense of humor. He always put others before himself.
He passed those traits on to all his grandchildren. He is gone but will never be forgotten. He
lived a good and honest life.
Its your end of watch Lieutenant. You did good, you served honorably. We will take it from
In leu of flowers, we will be accepting memorial donations to the Southeastern Youth Fair, in
memory of Harry R. Speight, and mailed to 2232 NE Jacksonville Road Ocala Fl, 34470