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Richard J. Medeiros

January 4th, 2017

Richard J. Medeiros Sr., age 79, of Mansfield, TX, formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, MA and Beverly Hills, FL, died peacefully at home surrounded by his family on December 30, 2016.

Richard was born in Cambridge, MA on March 25, 1937; he was the cherished son of the late Nicholas and Victoria Medeiros. Richard was raised in East Cambridge in a large and loving Portuguese family, he attended Cambridge Public Schools and was a graduate of Cambridge Rindge High School. Following High School, Richard went on to continue his education at Northeastern University and Boston Architectural Center where he earned his degree.

Prior to retiring, Richard worked as an architectural designer for Northland Steel Company for many years. Richard’s creativity, hard work ethic, and his endearing personality with people made him quite a success in his field. Richard also ran his own architectural design company for several years and was responsible for designing countless additions and re-designing old buildings. Richard had quite a knack for working with clients, getting a feel for their designs, and creating beautiful structures.

Richard married the “love of his life” Dolores Silva on June 1, 1958; the couple lived in Cambridge and Somerville for several years before making their home in Wilmington in 1966. Richard and Dolores were wonderful parents to four great kids, Richard Jr., Donna, Michael and Jimmy. Richard and Dolores had an “open door” policy at their home and everyone was welcome. They were very gracious to their family and their children’s friends. Richard enjoyed his role as a “dad”; he spent countless hours coaching and attending their sporting events and he was always their biggest fan.

Richard was also very giving of his time and talents to his community in Wilmington. Richard was responsible for helping to design the Wilmington Senior Center, the addition on the 4th of July Building, WCTV, and additions to many homes throughout the town. This earned him the nickname “addition man” and he was always more than eager to help. Richard also volunteered his time for many community service projects and to Wilmington Little League where he was President for several years. Richard was very involved at St. Dorothy’s Church where he served as a Eucharistic Minister for many years and helped with their fundraising events.

In his spare time, Richard enjoyed spending as much time as he could with his family especially his grandchildren; they had their grandpa wrapped right around their little fingers. Richard loved the kids and he would do whatever they wanted whether it was playing sports, swimming, board games, or vacations he was right there to make them happy.

Richard was also known to be and avid Red Sox fan and faithfully followed them year after year. Richard collected as much Red Sox memorabilia as he could wherever he went. Richard’s collections filled an entire room which he was very proud to show off to anyone who visited his home.

Richard will be fondly remembered as a wonderful many who adored his family and friends. He was energetic, helpful, talented, personable, and had a great smile. Richard always made everyone feel welcomed and made lots of friends wherever he went; he was truly “one of a kind” and will forever be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Richard was the beloved husband of Dolores (Silva) Medeiros, devoted father of Richard J. Medeiros Jr. & wife Kelly of Easton, CT, Donna Blair & husband Dennis of Hohenwald, TN, Michael Medeiros & wife Cathy of North Andover, MA, and James “Jim” Medeiros & wife Kristen of Mansfield, TX, loving grandfather of Alison, Ashley, Elise, Dennis Jr., Katie, Brian, Paige, Tyler, Lily, Jonathan, McKenzie, Kaitlyn, Zander and great-grandchildren Zoey, Mia, Trina and Hunter. Cherished son of the late Nicholas and Victoria (Almeida) Medeiros, dear brother of Bob Medeiros & wife Norma of Sandwich, MA, Billy Medeiros of CA, Marianne Muise of Cambridge, MA, Vickie Volpicelli of Fayetteville, NC and the late Nicholas Medeiros. Richard is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Thursday, January 12th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Dorothy’s Church, Main St. (Rte. 38), Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home one Wednesday, January 11th from 3:00-8:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations in Richard’s memory may be made to the Community Hospice of Texas, 1208 W Henderson St., Suite B, Cleburne, TX 76033. www.nicholsfuneralhome.com

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12 Entries in Guest Book for “Richard J. Medeiros”

  1. Bob Medeiros says:

    My brother can only be described in one word and that is “Character”.
    It spite of any challenge, Dick maintained this trait in the highest tradition. I’ll miss our talks & you’ll always be in my heart. I miss you brother, rest in peace, you’ve earned it.

  2. Michelle Stokes says:

    My Uncle Richie certainly was a wonderful man and a giving man. He would be the first to help you help when you needed it. I knew that for sure ! He certainly changed my life for the better. He opened his heart and home to me. He had the biggest personality I knew. He always knew how to make you laugh and that he did . Rest in peace , you will be missed but you live on thru your wonderful family .

  3. Tara Gallant says:

    Jim,
    I am so sorry for your loss ,my thoughts an prayers are with an your family at this difficult time .

  4. Kathy Tsihlis says:

    Donna and family,

    My deepest condolences, may he rest in eternal peace.

  5. Tyler Medeiros says:

    Grampa,

    I miss you so much. This is the most beautiful and accurate representation of who you are and I miss you so much. May your love and light comfort our family during this difficult time. I love you so much.

    -Tyler

  6. Lily Medeiros says:

    My grandpa was always one to make anyone smile on their worst days. Ill always remember his love of his hair and laugh that could light up the room with his bright smile. Ill miss him so amazingly much. Lots of love to you and the family????????

  7. Victoria Volpicelli says:

    Richie was the best brother and I am going to miss him terribly. He was kind and honest. I will miss our talks and his laughter.. He was the glue that held our family together. He will always be in my heart.

  8. Maureen Medeiros says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  9. Pat Brennan says:

    My condolences to your family

  10. Linda (Rudnicki) Armanetti says:

    What a moving tribute to a wonderful man. I can relate to the “open door” policy of the Medeiros home as I was fortunate enough to live across the street for many years. I fondly remember the times that my sister Lisa and I would come over to hang out or raid the endless supply of Suzy-Qs and Devil Dogs when the Rudnicki cupboards were out of stock! Those were cherished childhood memories for sure. Rest in peace, Mr. Medeiros, and know that your loving & kind spirit lives on forever in your beautiful family.

  11. Silvia Petrosino says:

    To the Medeiros Family:
    I was a neighbor many years ago and remember Mr. & Mrs. Medeiros and family as kind and loving~
    My heartfelt condolences to all~
    Silvia Petrosino

  12. Alan Sunnerberg says:

    Some very good memories of days spent at the Medeiros home. Always feeling welcome and a part of the family. Thinking of all of you.

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