Pozzi, Richard

November 9th, 2009

pozzirichardRichard J. Pozzi, Sr., age 70, a resident of Wilmington since 1969, died Monday, November 9, 2009, at home with his family at his side.

Born October 12, 1939, in Boston, MA, Richard was the dear son of Josephine (Syracuse) and Giulio Pozzi of North Reading. Richard grew up in Boston and was educated there, he graduated from Boston Technical High School in 1957 and Boston State College in 1961 earning his Bachelors Degree in Education. Following his graduation from College, Richard enlisted in the United States Army in May of 1962 during the Vietnam War. He served the country honorably and was discharged from the Army National Guard in April of 1968.

At the time of his death, Richard was currently teaching Technology Education at Eastern Junior High and Marshall Middle School in Lynn. Richard loved teaching, he was an educator for over 48 years and was forever devoted to his students. He passed on his many talents as a woodworker to them, befriended those students in need, and enjoyed their successes. Richard was also a member of T.E.A.M. – Technology Education Association of Massachusetts.

In his spare time, Richard enjoyed going to New Hampshire and being at the ocean. Richard loved spending time with his children and grandchildren and looked forward to the many family cookouts they shared. Richard will be fondly remembered as a loving family man, devoted teacher, and true friend. He will be greatly missed by many.

Richard was the devoted father of Lu-Ann Pozzi of Worcester, Christopher Pozzi of Wilmington, Richard J. Pozzi, Jr. & his wife Melissa of Andover, long-time companion of Madeleine Leger of Wilmington, dear brother of Geraldine Pozzi-Galluzi & her husband Jim of Hyde Park, NY, loving “Papa” of Jonathan, Heather, John, and April Pozzi.

Family & friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Saturday, November 14th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Thomas Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours Friday, November 13th from 3:30 – 7:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers donations in Richard’s name may be made to the Richard J. Pozzi Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Leger Residence, 27 Sheldon Ave., Wilmington, MA 01887.


23 Entries in Guest Book for “Pozzi, Richard”

  1. Judson Miller says:

    My condolences and sympathy on your loss.

  2. Richard S. Boccelli, Jr. says:

    I’m sorry for your loss RJ, Chris & Lu-Ann. With each step you take in life, your father will be taking the same. Love Rick Boccelli

  3. Stacie Murphy says:

    Chris, I am sorry for your loss.

  4. Paul Bond says:

    A true professional, educator, and member of TEAM. He was a great guy and will surely be missed.

  5. Sarah Pryputniewicz says:

    My deepest condolences and sympathy on your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  6. Kimberley Taulbee says:

    Lu-Ann, Chris and RJ I am so sorry about your dad. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Love Kim ox

  7. Suzanne Curtin Hall says:

    Chris, RJ and Lu-ann –

    My deepest condolences for the loss of your dad. The family is in my prayers….



  8. Patricia Laro-Harper says:

    Mr. Pozzi was one of best Teachers I ever had. He taught me I could do anything. The Lynn Community lost a great educator and great person. My condolences are with the family. May you rest in peace Mr Pozzi. I’m sure there is a wood shop in heaven with your name on it.

  9. Carol Griffin says:

    Dick had a special talent for reaching out to his students and turning them into fine young citizens. I am certain that he will be missed by many.
    My condolences to the family on their loss.
    Carol Griffin (former colleague)

  10. Jim Leonard says:

    My deepest condolences to the Pozzi family. Dick was truly an exceptional man. I had the good fortune of working with him at Eastern (Marshall) Middle School and always admired him for his honesty, dedication, and the commitment he made to all of those children he served over the years.
    He was a close friend and someone I will truly miss.

  11. Kate Buchanan says:

    Mr. Pozzi was one of the best teachers I ever had. He was just not a teacher he was also a friend. I also had the privledge of working with him over the summer when I was in high school (about 15 years ago). There are not many teachers out there like him. His family should be so greatful to no how many lives he has touched. My condolences. Kate Buchanan

  12. Jason De Felice says:

    My condolences to the Pozzi Family. I had Mr. Pozzi as a teacher about 15 years ago and he was a great educator and genuine individual. When ever I had a problem, I could rest assure in going to him for advise. God Bless.

  13. Susan (McKenna) Quinton says:

    Lu-Ann, Chris and R.J. I am so sorry for your loss. He was a great man and will be missed. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers

  14. Liz and Maris Platais, says:

    Our prayers are with you at this time of Richard’s passing

  15. Pat McKenna says:

    Richard and I have been comparing our tans each and every summer for as long as I can remember. Let me just say, Richard, that I finally beat you this year. I will truly miss that and him. We have been friends and neighbors for over 40 years. My thoughts and wishes go out to Lu-Ann, Christopher and R.J. who I watched grow up. Rest in Peace, Richard and God Bless You. Fondly, Pat

  16. Patti DiFulvi says:

    To Mr. Pozzi, a wonderful Dad, a dedicated teacher and a very dear friend, I’ll miss you and the good times we shared at Marshall Middle School. My prayers and thoughts are with the Pozzi family and with dear Madeline.

  17. Jan Sutton says:

    My sincerest condolences to you and your family.

  18. Maureen Walker says:

    If I had to say one word about Dick, it would be “honest” – 2 – “always right” and 3 – “most dedicated teacher” I have worked with at Marshall Middle School. I will always remember our various conversations we have had over the past 12 years and will always remember Dick fondly. My sincerest sympathies go out to Madeleine and family members.

  19. Kirsten Holahan says:

    Dear LU , Chris, and RJ, My deepest sympathy goes out to all for the loss of your dad….Mr. Pozzi– as he always waved to me driving by in the neighborhood, I will never forget him- and his wave. Thoughts and prayers are with you all now.. Love, Kirsten Holahan

  20. Beth Nocito says:

    I am so sorry for your loss, you are all in my thoughts and prayers. May the memories you have help you through this very difficult time. With deepest sympathy.

  21. susan mercaldi says:

    My condolences to the family and friends of Richard Pozzi. I have wonderful memories of having him as a teacher more than 30 years
    ago and more recently as a friend. He remembered me even after
    many years. We always shared a laugh on the days I was picking up the kids at Marshall on the MBTA bus after school. He was a great man and teacher. Lynn has indeed lost one its finest educators, as he was more than a teacher to those who were in his classes and those who were not. I am certain he has a special place in heaven.

  22. Susan Feyler Sugrue says:

    RJ and Family,

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. With deepest sympathy.


  23. Maria M Santana says:

    I am so sorry for your lost. I usually go back every two years to see Mr. Pozzi at Eastern Jr. High. He was and will continue to be my favorite teacher. The memories I will always have is his smile, the way he would teach us wood shop without making it boring, and the fact that he believed in us. I would also ran into him at the lumber store and I would say this store is not big enough for us. His answer, Yes it is, and smile. I would finish my work in the other classes so I can go down and hang with Mr. Pozzi in wood shop. I would go after school and help other students. Mr. Pozzi always welcomed me in his class. He had a big heart, he made me feel that I could do anything in the world. He is the best teacher and person I could have ever had in my life.

    Keep your head up, that is what Mr. Pozzi would want from all of us.


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