Gerald I.  Richards


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Groveland - Gerald Ivor Richards, most recently of Groveland, passed away peacefully on April 6 at the age of 96. He was born February 1, 1923, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, to Nelson M. and Ethel (McIvor) Richards.

He grew up in Lynn, Mass., having come to the U.S. at the age of five months. He obtained his U.S. citizenship at 17 and graduated from Lynn English High School in 1941. Right out of high school, he joined the Navy and served in the Naval Armed Guard protecting merchant ships from 1942-1945. After his discharge, Gerry worked for General Electric for 39 years as a Generator Field Specialist, retiring in 1987. Between his WWII service and GE world travel, he had been to 69 different countries.

Gerald, also known as Mickey, Uncle Jed, Grampy, Gramps, Great-Grampy, Gerry, and Dad, will always be remembered for his giving nature, sense of humor, love of hunting and fishing, and his love of family and friends. He was a devoted husband to his wife of 63 years, Barbara Jean (LeFave) who passed away in 2013.

During a life well lived, full of adventure and enduring friendships, Gerry touched hundreds of lives around the world. He was a long-time member of the Odd Fellows and Masons, and the American Legion. He will be missed by everyone.

He was predeceased by his wife, parents, and siblings, Ruth, Earl, Rita, and Betty. He was the last in his family of his generation.

He is survived by his two sons, Earl and his wife, Kathy, of Amesbury, and Bruce and his wife, Jackie, of Myrtle Beach, S.C. He was a loving and proud Grampy to Joshua, Kate, Jordan, Grant, Guy, Matthew, and Kayla; and Great-Grampy to Saige, Sydney, Cameron, Ava and Natalie. Uncle Jed/Mickey will be missed by many nieces and nephews.

Gerry's family wishes to acknowledge and thank Melissa and Dawn from Constellation Health Services, the staff in the GPU at Nashoba Valley Medical Center, the staff at Merrimack Valley Health Center, and Brookhaven Hospice, for all their care and help over the last several months.

A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, April 13, at Paul C. Rogers Family Funeral Home, 2 Hillside Avenue, Amesbury. A 10 a.m. visitation will precede the 11 a.m. service. Burial will be private at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Nathan M. Webster American Legion, Post 248, c/o Robert O'Hanley, 29 Fairview Circle, Groveland, MA 01834.
Published on April 9, 2019
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2 posts

Rick n Peggy
Apr 17, 2019
Just found out today 4/17/19 that Gerry has passed on. We were Gerry and Barb’s neighbors when they were together on Buttercup Ln., you couldn’t ask for a better neighbor than Gerry. He was a man with a generous heart and a good friend. Gerry loved his family and friends and will be missed by all. Good bye my friend.
Sally Hamel
Apr 09, 2019
Sorry to hear of Gerald's passing. Looked forward to seeing him with you. You and Kathy are in my thoughts and prayers