Obituaries

Richard J. Stratton

November 6th, 2019

Richard Jay Stratton, age 62, of Hudson, NH, passed away unexpectedly on November 4, 2019. Richard was born on December 30, 1956 in Chicago Heights, Illinois. He lived in many places throughout his childhood before finally ending up in Wilmington, MA in 1972 where he met his wife Cindi for the first time. Rich and Cindi were happily married for 37 years.

Rich was a 1980 graduate of Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey, where he majored in electrical engineering. He was also an active member of the Stevens theater group, where he once had the lead of King Arthur in Camelot. Post-graduation, after several stepping-stone career opportunities, Rich began his own software servicing company, ASTA Incorporated, in 1989, where he had worked ever since.

Rich was an avid hiker and found his second home in the White Mountains. He successfully completed the New Hampshire 4,000-foot challenge, summiting all 48 4,000-foot peaks in New Hampshire, many alongside his daughter Courtney. He truly loved everything about the outdoors, especially maps, and spent many summers camping, fishing, and canoeing with family and friends at Pawtuckaway State Park, Geocaching with his son Christopher, snowshoeing and walking at Benson’s and Mine Falls Park with his wife Cindi, and taking “nature walks” through the yard with his grandson Logan. Rich also really enjoyed grilling, firepits, and nights outside on the patio with family.

Rich was a passionate reader, who had a rule of finishing every book he started whether he liked it or not. He was an extremely talented “jack of all trades,” who found great joy in house projects, creating and building unique solutions to anything that needed fixing, and maintaining his 200,000 mile 1996 Jeep Grand Cheroke through YouTube video tutorials. He was a master at pinball and had recently rekindled his love/hate relationship with the game of golf.

Rich was a wonderful and loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend and he will be greatly missed.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Barbara Stratton of Wilmington, MA. Richard leaves behind his loving close family: Wife Cindi of Hudson, NH, son Christopher and his wife Kristina of Willowick, OH, daughter Courtney Wall, her husband Matt and son Logan of Framingham, MA, his brother Jim and his wife Roberta of Chelmsford, MA and their son BJ and his wife Emma of Chelmsford, MA and his sister Robin of San Francisco, CA.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA, on Saturday, November 9th from 2:00-5:00 P.M.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in honor of Rich to The Appalachian Mountain Club, 5 Joy Street, Boston, MA 02108 attn: New Hampshire Chapter.

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20 Entries in Guest Book for “Richard J. Stratton”

  1. Dolores Wagoner says:

    Dear Cindi, Christopher, Courtney and family,
    Our sincere condolences on Rich’s passing. While he may have struggled in life, we believe he is at peace with God. I remember loving moments he had with all of you and spoke with pride and joy of his family. He will be remembered for the person he was and the care and kindness to others.
    In sympathy,
    Dolores and Joel Wagoner

  2. Angela Valente Romeo says:

    No words can Adequately express how sad I was to hear of Richard’s passing. I remember you two in high school – what an amazing life you two created. May God hold you closer. My deepest condolences to you Cindy and your family.
    May Richard Rest In Peace.
    My heartfelt sympathies.
    Angela Valente Romeo

  3. Robin Cruz says:

    Dear Cindi, Christopher, Courtney and family,

    No words can express how sad I was to hear that your beloved husband and dad had passed. I know that as a close family , you have created wonderful memories that you will always cherish and these will keep his memory alive for years to come. Please know that Luis and I are here for anything you might need.
    In love and sympathy,
    Robin & Luis Cruz

  4. Sarah Kaplan says:

    Dear Cindi, Christopher, Courtney and family,

    I wish I had words to ease your pain.

    Know that the closeness of your family is a tribute to Rich – a true family rock. I have reflected on your pictures that represented Rich so beautifully. Who, but Rich, could pull off that amazing hat? Every single picture radiates his love for his family.

    My heart hurts thinking of your loss. I am here for you.

    Hugs,

    Sarah Kaplan

  5. Lusann Wishart says:

    I am so very sorry about the passing of Rich. A beautiful person whom I remember well from WHS. Cindy, you were such a loving couple and my heart is heavy for you and your family.
    He will be greatly missed .Peace and Blessings,
    Lusann

  6. Cynthia (Marden) Tanner says:

    Oh Cindy, I am so sorry for your loss. He has a wonderful legacy through you, your children and grandchildren. May your memories sustain you through this difficult time.

    Cindy Marden

  7. Kathi & Dick Laliberte says:

    Dear Cindi, Christopher and Courtney,
    We are so saddened to hear of Rich’s passing. Our fond memories of the basketball days, hiking and geocaching will always remind us of the beautiful friendship that we shared. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    With love,
    Kathi & Dick

  8. Cecily Gruce says:

    Rich Stratton was truly one of the finest men I have ever known. He took tremendous joy in everything – life, work, friends and most of all his family. In the almost 20 years I knew and worked with him, he always had time for a question, a comment, a laugh or a story. I could have talked w

  9. Cecily Gruce says:

    Rich Stratton was truly one of the finest men I have ever known. He had a great zest for life and took tremendous joy in everything – life, work, friends and most of all his family. In the almost 20 years I knew and worked with him, he always had time for a question, a comment, a laugh or a story. I could have talked with him for hours on end (and often did) and every time I learned something. He will be deeply missed by everyone whose lives he touched. Cindi, Christopher and Courtney – you three were his greatest loves and you should hold on to that in the days ahead. My thoughts are with you all and you have my deepest sympathy for your loss.

    Cecily Gruce

  10. Albert Willis & Chapreese Pennington Willis says:

    We are so deeply sorry for your entirely families loss. We are praying for all of you and know that Rich will be missed by our family. We are honored that we were able to build a friendship with both you and Rich and will cherish the fun times and talks that we all shared. May god help you with finding peace within and know we are here for you. Love Al, Chapreese, Taylor, and Rich’s buddy Tyson.

  11. Lisa Henderson says:

    Dear Cindi and family,
    I am so very sorry to hear of Rich’s passing. I hope and pray for you all that the memories you have of him will help you through this hardest time and the days to come. Wishing you all peace and sending love.

    Lisa

  12. Collette Deneault says:

    Cindy and kids….. shocking! Deeply sharing the grief of your loss. May his spirit find as much joy in its journey as he found in life. I absolutely loved that guy!

  13. David Landry says:

    Remember the good times. You’ll be missed Rich

  14. Steve and Jamie Balint says:

    Our hearts are heavy. We will always remember all the memories our families have shared together. Love, Steve, Jamie, Danene and Marni.

  15. Beverly Stanley says:

    Dear Cindi and family,

    I am so heartbroken for your loss. The picture you painted of Rich through recounting his life’s pleasures made me even sorrier that your sweet husband, father, and grandfather will be missed so much. I never knew Rich other than to say hello, but I sure wish I had! My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  16. Pegeen Dunne says:

    I am so heartbroken for all of you. The closeness and love you all have in your family is a testament to Rich. He always had a spark of something special. I wish you peace and hope that you feel him with you everyday.
    Love you all,
    Pegeen

  17. Bob Bourassa says:

    Dear Cindi
    I am shocked to hear of the passing of Rich . I know it has been many many years since we have been in touch but I willl always remember the Stratton family . I am truly sadden to hear this and I will pray for you and your family
    During these difficult times

  18. Jill Reilly says:

    Cindi, Courtney and Christopher,
    We are so very sorry to hear of Rich’s passing. We have such great memories of our times spent traveling together for basketball tournaments. Rich introduced us to Geocaching and that is something we still do today. He was a just such a nice guy.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all and we hope that you find comfort in your memories with him.
    Jill, Mike, Kendall and Meghan Reilly

  19. David Ritter says:

    Cindi and family – Our deepest sympathies. I had the privilege of being in at least two productions of Stevens Dramatic Society plays [Camelot and Once Upon A Mattress] with Rich, and got to know him a little bit through those encounters. He portrayed a thoughtful yet playful King Arthur in Camelot and a hilarious Jester in Once Upon A Mattress. He always had a positive attitude and I sensed a kindred spirit not just for theatre and music, but life in general–the kind tribute that Norm Hurst shared bears this out.

    Our hearts go out to you and your family.
    Hugs of love and remembrance,
    David Ritter, Stevens Class of 1981

  20. Eric Vallecillo says:

    Dear Cindi, Court, Christopher, and Family,

    Words cannot express how deeply saddened we are to hear about Rich’s passing. We have such great memories of being with all of you during hoop tournaments, Geocaching, or just exploring parks like Dr. Seuss. Even though we’ve been separated by miles we have always kept all of you close in our hearst. I will never forget how awesome he was with our kids and how all of you became our extended family. We are so deeply sorry ad want you to know how much we love you and will be praying that God comforts you with such fond memories and the love of many.

    Lots of hugs and kisses and many prayers to all of you and the family.
    We love you.
    The 6 Vallecillos

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