Condolence & Memory Journal

Dearest Dick, We will forever keep you in our hearts. Who knew that when we met at the Freeport Cafe in 2015 we would become such great friends. Our Thursday night dinners with you and Jean, were truly some of the greatest times. Taking care of Jean, during her final months, will forever be one of my greatest gifts. I'd like to think that even though our ages were at opposite ends of the spectrum, you both knew how much we loved you both. I wish we'd been able to say goodbye, but your wishes were more important to honor. Now you and Jean are back together....and that makes my heart happy. Thank you for loving and serving our Country, I know it was a very important part of your life. We will miss your smile and laugh.

Posted by Amy Spinney - Freeport, ME - Friend   June 01, 2021

I am so sorry for your loss. I met Richard the year he came back to Athol, at my job at Ocean State Job Lot. I have many great memories of us shopping when he came in. He would seek me out and I would 'help' him find what he was looking for. I always looked forward to seeing him. We would walk around and talk about life. He made a huge impact on me and helped me get through a tough time in my life. I will forever be grateful for his friendship and kindness. I will miss you my friend. Love Sara

Posted by Sara McNally - Athol, MA - Friend   May 28, 2021

I am so sorry to hear of Richards Passing. I have been aquainted with most of the brothers and always heard about their wonderful Brother. My wish is that you all have Comfort and Peace in your wonderful memories. R.I.P Richard and God Bless you all !

Posted by Carolyn Rossi    May 26, 2021

I love this picture of Dick. He was a great neighbor and man: lively, hard-working, strong, and engaging. Dick and Jean welcomed us into our home on Conant Dr in Stow. Since it was November, Dick saw to it right away that we knew to buy our Christmas tree from the Stow Lions Club. They always made time to chat with our young children and that, in turn, led to many fond memories with Lianne & her family romping thru the Conant Dr woods and even including a visit to Maine. We're thankful to have known you all. God bless you! Love, Rob & Alicia

Posted by Alicia Steele - Stow, MA - Friend   May 22, 2021

My brother Rich (Dick) was a great guy who gave of himself more than alot of people will ever know. He gave his all to causes like the Jimmy Fund ,Beam, STEP, and Shriners Hospital.
Always had us all laughing with his jokes and doing impressions of Gabby Hayes. The one thing that many didnt know he was Santa Clause. He gave up many a Christmas to go out and bring gifts to kids who had nothing. Didnt matter who they were or how old. From babys to people in Nursing Homes he would go out to make sure they had a gift from Santa. He even had his brothers help him drive to places to deliver stuff and made his son (Ricky) dress up as a elf.
He will truly be missed by his friends and family, but he is now with the Love of his life Jean. I know they are together in Gods hands.
I will always love you and miss our great times together.
Brother Dave

Posted by Dave Crear - Brother   May 22, 2021

My brother Rich (Dick) was one of a kind. He spent his life helping others. It started when he was 16 years old when he became a Santa's Helper (SC) for most of his life, the family knows what I mean. He also was a member of 2 different Lyon's Club and the president for several years. Later in life he was part of the Marine Corps League. It's true! Once a Marine always a Marine.
Most of all he was my brother from South Boston to Billerica, to Groton, to Stow, to Maine, to Athol. He always kept close tabs on me.
Everywhere he went he touched someone's life in a positive way. Including all of the help who loved him at the Westford Regency where he would often stay when he visited his beloved wife Jean's resting place.
So, if God has been watching and guiding him all these years, they will be together soon saying come on up the wonders you can see from here

Posted by Jim Crear - Brother   May 21, 2021

Boy I certainly am gonna miss this guy...He was always wanting to make people laugh by telling jokes or make us smile by buying us the most BEAUTIFUL flowers...Always so thoughtful...You put up a good fight Dick... You are now with the love of your life again...Rest in Peace...Until we meet again...I love you ❤❤❤

Posted by Jodi Gallant - Friend   May 21, 2021

Posted by Jodi Gallant - Friend   May 21, 2021

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Posted by sylvia gauthier - sanford, ME - Family Friend   May 21, 2021

Dick was always a joy to see, he made my day with his jokes and smile. He will be surely missed and I will always remember his smile. So sorry for the family's loss.
Sheila

Posted by Sheila - Acquaintance   May 21, 2021

Heartfelt condolences for cousin Ritchie. As a loving cousin, remember him fondly as children playing in Billerica. Being the same age, we were close then. Regards to the family.

Posted by Jane Scannell - Bradenton, FL - Family   May 20, 2021

Our Big Brother ,was one of the funniest ,caring ,loving person ,you could have ever known. He always was telling jokes, Doing Gabby Hayes, or doing things off the wall to make you laugh. That's why Jean fell in love with him. But the thing he loved the most was being Santa Clause, He would spend every Christmas Season away from home to bring joy to people who needed it the most. All kids where Santa kids from new born babies to nursing home kids. He would be out getting toys and candy for every person he saw. I will always remember our Saturday night dinners at the Ming and all the yelling because the hearing aids are in the draw at home. Thanks for being our Big Brother, Luv Bro. D

Posted by David Crear - Chelmsford, Ma., MA - Brother   May 20, 2021

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I had the honor of meeting Dick at 110 Grill Athol, he was the sweetest kindest gentleman. We had some great conversations about the Marines and he always told stories about his love for Jean. He always came in with some type of present for my daughter Emmi, he even gave me this amazing marines jewelry box a few years ago which I will cherish forever. This news breaks my heart but we know you are not suffering anymore we love and miss you Dicky!!!! so many hugs and healing loves to all that knew him xo

Posted by Desiree T - Athol, MA - Friend   May 20, 2021