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