Richard Charles “Dick” Boulton

March 11th, 2019

Richard Charles Boulton

Extraordinary Minister of St. Thomas of Villanova (Parish of Transfiguration)

Richard Charles Boulton, age 89, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully at home on March 10, 2019 surrounded by loved ones.  He was called to God by his beloved wife Patricia whom passed just 3 months prior on November 29, 2018.

Richard was born on September 5, 1929; he was the son of Charles J. And Helen Mary Boulton.  Richard was raised and educated in Waltham and a 1947 graduate of Waltham High School.  He was known as the “one man track team” and played football.

Richard, “Dick”, had many friends and was raised in a large, loving family.  His happy place was spending summers at his family’s homestead in Deer Isle Maine.

In 1948, while in college, he joined R.O.T.C and focused his studies on Engineering and Theology.  Dick graduated from Boston College with a Bachelor of Arts in Math in 1951.

This lead him to the Seminary; Demont Fathers of Hartford City, IN and later transferred to Litchfield, CT.

Dick was called to a different path in life and was voluntarily drafted to the US Army 1954.  He attended basic training at Fort Dix and stationed in Germany for Radar school until 1957.

On June 21, 1958, he married the love of his life Patricia Mullaney; a love that lasted 60 years.  During that time, they settled in Wilmington and raised three wonderful children:  Michael, Maria, and Beth and spent summers at York Beach Maine.  Dick and Pat also cherished their time as grandparents to Jessica and Gerard.

He worked at W.R. Grace in Cambridge as the Senior Draftsman Engineer for most of his career.  Later, working for BioPure in Boston before retiring.

Dick and Pat soon became involved in Marriage Encounter program and St. Thomas of Villanova Church for many years.  Dick was a man of great faith, volunteering his time as a Lecturer and Eucharistic Minister at the same church and bringing Holy Communion to the ill and shut-in’s of the parish.  He served funeral Masses and ran the Sunday night Prayer Group (Rosary).  Richard was awarded the Archdiocese of Boston Cheverus Award November 22, 2009.  He was involved with Medjorgorie and made a Holy Pilgrimage there in 1998 with Pat.

Dick and Pat volunteered 25 years of their time bringing love, prayers and Communion to the residents at Wilmington Health Care Nursing Home Centers.  He was recognized for many years by the Commonwealth of MA for unwavering community service/volunteer work.  He was most proud of all his service work to Church and God.

Dick was active along with Pat with the Wilmington Senior Center.  They enjoyed long walks.  He had a lifelong passion for jogging; on work lunches, breaks, and around town – 5 to 10 miles daily.  He had a love of science, NASA, the sky and stars above.  He had a dry sense of humor which started at his Grandfather’s knee being read quotes from Ogden Nash.  He was very good at writing poetry and rhyming.  Dick was a jack of all trades, creating and fixing just about anything.  Always willing to help out neighbors and friends.

He was known to some as a hero, a quiet man that had something important to say when he did speak.  He adored Maine Coon cats, raised 2 dogs of his own, Bamba and Snoopy, captured and spayed neighborhood strays, rescued 2 feral cats, Whiskers and his beloved Ferra.

Richard will forever be loved by his family, friends, community and missed by all who knew him.

Dick was the beloved husband of his late wife Patricia, devoted father of Michael W. Boulton and his long-time companion Chuck Clark of Merrimack NH, Maria T. DeMont and husband Frank of Hanson MA, and Elizabeth “Beth” A. Duncan and husband David of Merrimack NH, loving grampa of Jessica and Gerard DeMont. Cherished son of late Charles J. Boulton and Helen Mary (O’Malley) Boulton.  He was predeceased by his grandparents the late Mildred (Pressey) and Thomas O’Malley, dear brother to late sister Ann and husband Fred Chase of Deer Isle ME, late sister Jane and husband Frank Leahy.  Late great aunts Evelyn Saulnier, Dorothy Fiedler, and Barbara Wakefield. Son-in-law to the late John Sr. And Irene Mullaney, brother-in-law to the late Dorothy and Robert Pratt, the late John Jr and Hilda Mullaney.

Special uncle and cousin to many on both he and Patricia’s family.

Family and friends will gather on Friday, March 15th, at 9:00 a.m. at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rt 62), Wilmington, followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, at 10:00 a.m.  Interment with military honors to follow in Wildwood Cemetery. Visiting hours will be held on Thursday, March 14th, from 4-8 p.m. Memorial donations in Richard’s name can be made to the Wilmington Senior Center, 15 School St., Wilmington, MA  01887.


6 Entries in Guest Book for “Richard Charles “Dick” Boulton”

  1. Joe and Kathy Marino says:

    Boulton Family,
    We are so sad to hear of Mr. B’s passing. I (Joe) have fond memories of him being a coach of my hockey team way back when. Please accept our condolences.

  2. Tony Marino says:

    We are very sorry to hear of Dick’s passing. We share many memories of days gone by. I’m sure Pat and the cat were there to great Dick and they will now be together for eternity. May they both Rest In Peace.

  3. Andrea Del Vecchio says:

    It was sad to hear of Mr.Boultons passing. I have great memories staying at the Boulton house when I was younger. Mr Boulton was always a gentle and kind man. I hope it is comforting knowing that he and Mrs. Boulton are together. I will keep you in my prayers.

  4. Carol Hulburt says:

    May God surround you with His Love and ease your pain during this difficult time. I was saddened when your mother passed away, but now that your father has passed away it is heartbreaking. Knowing your parents are together may bring you some joy. They were a very enjoyable couple to be with.
    Peace be with you. Carol (the ceramic teacher)

  5. Kim (Boulton) McCarthy says:

    Michael, Maria and Beth, Sorry to hear about the loss of your dad. My grandfather, your dad’s uncle Paul spoke very fondly of your dad. I will keep your family in my prayers.


  6. Elisa LaBrie says:

    To Michael, loss of your Dad is so sad. It’s been 4 yrs. since my Dad died. You’ll hear a song, or a comment someone says, his favorite dish and you’ll smile like I do. Interesting fact: You’re Dad majored in Math, so did mine :) You more than helped me keep my job Togor man and me and my family are very thankful. You can count on me for anything, anytime. So sorry for your Dad passing away. Love, Elis’

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