Millbury/Grafton—Joseph A. “Roger” Richard, 88, passed away peacefully on October 30, 2018, surrounded by family. His beloved and devoted wife of 62 years, Lois E. (Boyns) Richard, passed away earlier this year on April 28, 2018.
Joseph was born in Worcester on July 14, 1930, the son of Oliver and Marie Richard. He attended St. Joseph’s Parochial school. Joseph was a Disabled Army Veteran, Corporal, serving our country in the Korean War where he was the driver of an ammunition vehicle. He worked at New England High Carbon Wire in Millbury for 31 years. He then worked as a custodian for the Grafton Public Schools until he retired in 1991.
He leaves four children; Elaine M. Gauthier and her husband, Lyn, of Hubbardston; Jeannine E. Bibeau, of Sterling; Roger B. Richard and his life companion, Patricia Tripp, of Millbury; and Laurence P. Richard and his wife, Michelle, of Freeport, FL. Joseph was predeceased by a daughter, Monique T. Richard, in 1976 and his sister Liana T. Kuras, in September 2018. Joseph also leaves 5 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren. He had several nieces, nephews and Godchildren.
Joseph had a passion for music, was self-taught and played countless musical instruments that included accordion, piano, organ, harmonica and guitars. He spent many hours playing music with friends and family. He was also an avid car enthusiast and his personal joy was to keep his cars in immaculate shape. What made him happiest was taking long drives and spending time in Plymouth, MA with his wife, Lois, the love of his life.
At the request of the family, there will be private calling hours and burial. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in his name to the Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 1430, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301.