Richard DeLucia

October 8th, 2016

Richard DeLucia, age 75, of Wilmington, died unexpectedly at home on October 8, 2016.

Born in Cambridge, MA, on September 6, 1941; Richard was the cherished son of the late Pasquale S. and Rose (D’Antonio) DeLucia. Richard was raised and educated in Wilmington and a graduate of Wilmington High School. He was from a large, loving and close-knit family who always looked out for each other.

Following graduation, Richard enlisted in the United States Air Force on November 15, 1962 during the Vietnam War. Richard was trained at Sheppard Air Force Base in Texas and proudly served the country; he was discharged on November 14, 1968; returning home to his family in Wilmington.

Richard married his “sweetheart” Mary Anne Connors on June 9, 1968, celebrating over 41 years of marriage before her passing in 2010. Richard and Mary Anne raised two wonderful sons Rick and Matt; they were the world to their parents. Richard loved being a “Dad” and “Papa”; he was so proud of his family and of all of their accomplishments. Richard loved to spend time with his sons and grandchildren; they shared many wonderful times together making memories to last a life-time.

Prior to retiring, Richard worked at the State Street Corporation for 32 years, then he become a clerk for the Internal Revenue Service; his devotion to his duties and great work ethic make him quite an asset to his position.

Richard was a member of the Masonic Lodge and a member of the Shriner’s Fire Brigade which he was very proud of. Richard enjoyed volunteering his time to help others in need.

Richard will be fondly remembered by family and friends as a very kind man who would do anything for anyone. His unconditional love and devotion to his family and friends was evident in everything he did. Richard loved to travel with his family, especially their trips to Wells, Maine and never missed a family party or celebration. Richard will forever be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Richard was the beloved husband of the late Mary Anne (Connors) DeLucia, loving father of Rick DeLucia and his wife Denise of Walpole and Matthew DeLucia of Lancaster, cherished “Papa” of Brooke, Kaitlyn, Ryan, Tyler, Isabel, Thomas and Joshuah, loving son of the late Pasquale and Rose (D’Antonio) DeLucia, dear brother of Michael DeLucia and his wife Gail of Billerica and Patricia DeLucia of Wilmington, Richard is also survived by his companion Marie Creedon of Billerica, his dear friend Ruthann Solderholm as well as many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and many friends.

Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rt. 62), Wilmington on Tuesday, October 11th, from 4-8 p.m. A funeral home service will be held on Wednesday, October 12th at 11:00 a.m. Interment with Military Honors to follow in Wildwood Cemetery. Memorial donations in Richard’s name can be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation at or to the Mass. Down Syndrome Congress, 20 Burlington Mall Road, Suite 261, Burlington, MA 01803.


16 Entries in Guest Book for “Richard DeLucia”

  1. Nancy Jenkins-Thompson says:

    I am so sorry to hear of this loss. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  2. Carla McPhee says:

    Our deepest condolences to all of the Delucia family.
    The McPhees

  3. Christine Spaulding Robie says:

    I am just reading this on facebook. Our condolences to the entire family, prayers as well.
    With love,
    Christine & Donald Robie

  4. Eric Nelson says:

    So sorry for your loss.

  5. Joan Goulet says:

    So sorry for your loss. My condolence to the whole family,

  6. Melody Conner says:

    So sorry to hear this and are thoughts and prayers go out to you and the family. Love Bill and Melody Conner.

  7. John keefe says:

    so sorry for your loss.

  8. Anita (Rosa) Gleason says:

    Not often that I am speechless. I guess it has to be someone you’ve known your whole life….sometime. My memories are a bit different than others. I remember Rich coming in to talk to my mom, about MaryAnn. Every night, Rich, Ronnie and Mike came in to sit with Ma Rosa. They came to share their dates, and get chastised for wrong doings (my dating rules were set by what they did!) .

    Rich was part of the “Golden Age”, of Wilmington, something we are blessed to have all had together. He lives on in my Christmas stories,… of friends, families and the whole town caring about each other and a group of orphans from Lowell.

    Love and prayers for the whole family, of course……but, a brother is a brother, and we have all lost something good. Anita

  9. Pat Desjardins says:

    Patti, I am so sorry for your loss. Sending love,prayers, and strength to you and your family. Rich was a great friend. ??

  10. George Ross says:

    Rich was a good friend, neighbor and my Lodge Brother
    who shared some of our memorable events. He was a
    very quiet guy who was respected by everyone. It was
    a pleasure to have know him. May be rest in peace

  11. Rosie & Bob McNeill says:

    Mike, Patti and family. We are so very sorry for your loss. We will miss Richard, he was a wonderful cousin and have many memories of our younger days with the DeLucia family. Our prayers and thoughts are with you. Our love, Rosie & Bob

  12. Duane & Robin Spagnuolo says:

    Our deepest condolences to the DeLucia Family we are so sorry for your loss prayers & thoughts Love The Spagnuolo Family

  13. Kathy & Dave Bertocchi says:

    Mike & Family – So sorry for you sudden loss – Our payers & thoughts are with all the DeLucia Family …….. Love, Kathy & Dave & Family ……..

  14. JOHN HARRIS says:

    Richard lived across the street from me for many years and was a wonderful neighbor and friend. We will miss him dearly on Grace Drive.


    To the Deluca Family.

    It was sad to hear of your loss, Rich worked with my late husband John Smolinsky. I met him a few times, and when John passed away 10 yrs. ago, your dad attended his services. Working for State Street all those many years, there was a co-worker bond, and, I do believe the “lunch time card game”.

    My deepest sympathies to you and your families,
    Pat Pike-Smolinsky, Quincy MA

  16. Patti DeLucia says:

    He was so much more than a brother to me. He was certainly a best friend. I miss him daily and will never forget his kindness and generosity. He’s back with his beloved wife, Mary Anne, so I know he’s happy.

    Love and miss you, Rich.

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