WILMINGTON, MA — David E. Richards, age 84, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on January 18, 2019, at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington.
David was born on May 10, 1934, in Winchester, MA; he was the dear son of the late William and Dorothy Richards. David was raised in Reading, MA and attended Reading Public Schools.
In June of 1952, David enlisted in the United States Navy and proudly served the Country during the Korean War. He served aboard the USS Picking Naval Ship which was recommissioned in response to the Korean War; David served overseas for more than three years before returning stateside to Long Beach, CA. He was honorably discharged from active duty on June 1, 1956 and returned home to his family in Reading.
Following his return home, David, enrolled at the Culinary Institute in Connecticut and began his long career as a chef. David loved to cook and make people with his culinary creations. He worked in several restaurants and country clubs before taking a position at an assisted living center. David continued to take classes throughout his career and earned his associate degree in occupational therapy.
In 1957, David married his sweetheart Shirley Henderson; the couple moved to Wilmington in 1964 where they raised their family. David was a very devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather; he enjoyed attending the countless sporting and school events of his children and grandchildren throughout the years. David always beamed with pride as he spoke of his family; they were truly the light of his life.
David will be fondly remembered for his sense of humor, his love of all Boston sports teams and the pride he had as he wore his “famous” Korean War hat. David was greatly loved and will forever be missed by his family and friends.
David was the beloved husband of Shirley J. (Henderson) Richards, devoted father of Donna L. Aronofsky of Wilmington, David E. Richards, Jr. of Billerica and the late Thomas E. Richards. Loving “Grampa” of David Aronofsky, Michael Aronofsky, Tom Richards & his wife Kaci, Tyler Richards and great-grandchildren Lucas & Olivia Richards. Cherished son of the late William E. and Dorothy M. (Babine) Richards, dear brother of Dorothy Heselton & her husband James of Bedford, NH and Laura Warren of Peabody.
Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service on Wednesday, January 23rd at 11:00 a.m. in the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington. Interment with Military Honors will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Tuesday, January 22nd from 6:00-8:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations in David’s memory may be made to The Jimmy Fund, 10 Brookline Place West, 6th Floor, Brookline, MA 02445-7226.
(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)
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