Richard J. Nisil, also known as Joe Wilson, 77, died Monday, June 22, in the Saint Camillus Health Center after a period of declining health. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Marie (Karpowich) Nisil; three daughters, Jennifer Speight and her husband, Nathaniel, of Oxford, Tonia Dean and her husband, Elton, of Hubert, North Carolina, and Kim Reynolds, of Northbridge; a son, Richard Akervik, in Rhode Island, and six grandchildren, Brandon, Nathaniel, Noah, Nolan, Gavin and Olivia.
Richard was born in Boston, December 5, 1942, the son of Charles and Mary (O'Connor) Nisil, and moved to Uxbridge as a young boy, where he lived with Mrs. Wilson.
He spent 30 years as the Superintendent of Pine Grove Cemetery in Whitinsville, a job he loved, and a place he took great pride in. He previously worked for many years at the Whitinsville Golf Club.
A member of Saint Patrick's Church in Whitinsville, Richard loved talking with people, and had a heart of gold, giving a helping hand to anyone who needed one, in a quiet, unassuming way. He loved music, especially oldies and opera. He looked forward to his daily coffee breaks at MacDonald's and he enjoyed spending time at Whitehorse Beach in Plymouth, and visiting Twin Rivers.
Richard's Funeral Mass will be held at 11AM, Monday, June 29, in Saint Patrick's Church. Burial will follow in his beloved Pine Grove Cemetery. Calling Hours will be Sunday, June 28, 2-4PM, in the Carr Funeral Home, 24 Hill Street, Whitinsville.
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