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773 Moody Street
Waltham, MA 02453
Phone: 781-893-6260
Fax: 781-893-5965
Raymond Richard

(Ret.) Waltham Police Officer Raymond H. Richard

Sunday, March 3rd, 1940 - Tuesday, March 2nd, 2021
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(Ret.) Waltham Police Officer Raymond H. "Ray" Richard

Of Waltham, passed away peacefully early Tuesday March 2nd, 2021 in the comfort of his home with his beloved wife by his side after a valiantly fought battle with his illness. He passed one day shy of his 81st birthday.

Born on March 3, 1940 in Waltham; son of the late Edward and Josephine Richard. Ray was a lifelong resident of Waltham.

Ray served proudly and honorably with the United States Navy on the USS Newport News.

In 1965 at the age of 25, Ray began an illustrious career with the City of Waltham Police Department. He was appointed to the Department as a Police Officer- Patrolman December 12, 1965; retiring December 5, 1992 after 27 years of dedicated and faithful service to the Citizens of Waltham.

In his retirement Ray did extensive traveling with his wife. They traveled the world together. When he wasn't traveling, Ray was always working on the many home improvement projects he had in their home. He even enjoyed being outside the house gardening.

Ray was a longtime member of the Waltham Police Relief Association; Waltham Lions Club and the Joseph F. Hill American Legion Post #156 in Waltham.

He devoted his life to his family, community and country; he was kind, helpful, he was an amazing husband, brother, son-in-law and friend to so many.

Ray is survived by his beloved wife of 39 years Maureen (Fahey) Richard; his loving brother Eugene W. "Gene" Richard and wife Marcia of Maryland; his dear brother-in-law P. Kevin Fahey and wife Patricia of Maine; his cherished nieces & nephews; Godchild Renee Richard Austin of Maryland, Marc Richard of Colorado, Kaitlyn Fahey and her husband Sylvian of Montreal; and Hillary Wilson Fahey and her husband Luke of California.

For the safety of those we love and care about during this difficult time; and for those who wish to pay their respects to Ray and his family can do so in accordance with CDC, Federal, State and Local guidelines in the Mary Catherine Chapel of Brasco & Sons Memorial, 773 Moody Street, Waltham, MA., on Sunday March 7th from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Family & friends are welcome to gather to celebrate Raymond's life and remember the love he shared with those he touched at a Funeral Service in the Mary Catherine Chapel of Brasco & Sons Memorial on Monday March 8th at 11:30 a.m. His burial will follow with Waltham Police Department and United States Navy Military Honors in recognition of his faithful and honorable service to our country and the City of Waltham at Mount Feake Cemetery in Waltham.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to Shriners Hospital for Children - Boston, 51 Blossom St, Boston, MA 02114.
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  • Visitation

    Sunday, March 7th, 2021 | 2:00pm - 5:00pm
    When
    Sunday, March 7th, 2021 2:00pm - 5:00pm
    Location
    The Mary Catherine Chapel of Brasco & Sons
    Address
    773 Moody Street
    WALTHAM, MA 02453
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  • Service

    Monday, March 8th, 2021 | 11:30am
    When
    Monday, March 8th, 2021 11:30am
    Location
    The Mary Catherine Chapel of Brasco & Sons
    Address
    773 Moody Street
    WALTHAM, MA 02453
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    Officiant
    Rev. Dennis Wheatley, OFM
  • Interment

    Location
    Mount Feake Cemetery
    Address
    203 Prospect Street
    WALTHAM, MA 02453
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Arthur & Caroline Kohler

Posted at 03:56pm
Gosh, I am showing my age by forgetting to write this remembrance (2 weeks late). It is not that I will ever forget Ray, his quiet yet ever aware demeanor always struck me as being impressive. I remember his quiet sense of humor and you knew he was in control of events...he took control quietly and just by his presence. A perfect asset for a good police officer. I knew Ray through his brother Eugene and his sister-in-law Marcia. Gene and I lived together in Northgate during our "salad days" and have remained close friends for well over 60 years. Rest in peace Raymond!
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Donna David

Posted at 10:20am
Sincere Condolences to the Richard Family
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Gary Marchese

Posted at 09:09am
To Ray's Family,
Our sincere condolences to you on the passing of Ray. My dad served with Ray and they shared a mutual respect for each other. Ray was an imposing presence with his deep voice and burly mustache, and then when he became a motorcycle cop all my high school friends made sure to avoid him! But if you knew Ray you knew he had a good soul and a generous heart. I recall delivering the Waltham News Tribune to his home on Pierce Street (when it was a daily paper), and he never forgot to tip the neighborhood paper boy! God Bless Ray and his family.
ER

Eugene Richard

Posted at 06:58am
Dearest Ray,
You have left a vacuum in my life. Our parents were pretty amazing bringing up three boys just two years apart. Now, I have no one to reminisce about our growing up in Waltham, time spent with our cousins during the summer, and especially remembering when our parents bought their first house on Peirce Street. It was exciting for us. We were fortunate as there was this huge pit near us and we just called it the “Sand Pit.” It was 3 streets long, and we had so much fun playing in it…making forts, jumping off the handmade tower, and making bonfires.
I could not figure this out. You were the youngest yet, you retired first. And you and Maureen took some great trips together. Then, when I retired, Marcia and I were able to travel together with the two of you. Cruising through the Baltics and the Adriatic and the Caribbean were some of our highlights. Then when the girls went off to shop, you and I could spend time just talking about the old days.
Memorable is the time we spent visiting one another in our homes in Massachusetts and Maryland. We shared dinner, talked about the “old gang” when we grew up together and we took each other on day trips in our states.
Ray, you had a natural gift of getting along with people and you had a calming way with life. Never got uptight if things were not going right. You would always say, it will be okay. I guess that is from being the youngest in the family. Best of all you had a sense of humor. Even you could make me laugh.
Ray you were the best man at our wedding, and you are the Best Man. Love from Gene and Marcia
S

Sandraraymond1218@aol.com

Posted at 10:26pm
Maureen, family & friends that had the pleasure of knowing Ray;

I’m very sorry for your loss.
He will surely be missed.
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