(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.