Richard L. Desjardins

April 20th, 2016

Richard L. Desjardins, age 70, of Wilmington, formerly of Salem and Peabody passed away on April 20th, 2016, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Peabody on April 11th, 1946, Richard (Dick, Dickie, DJ) was the son of the late Roger and Annette (Bonsant) Desjardins. He grew up in Salem and was part of the first graduating class of Bishop Fenwick High School in 1964. After high school, Richard enlisted in the Navy Reserves but an injury forced his discharge before he could serve our country.

In October of 1966, Richard married the love of his life, Patricia. The couple resided in the Salem Willows neighborhood and raised their two daughters, Cynthia and Deborah, there. After 35 years in Salem, Dick and Pat moved to Peabody where they spent 11 years before recently moving to Wilmington.

Dick was a real outdoors kind of guy. When he was a kid, Dick was part of the Boy Scouts where he gained an appreciation for nature. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. Dick enjoyed spending time at his “home away from home”, the Danvers Fish and Game Club, serving as their president in 1981. Dick also loved gardening, cooking and model trains, as well as Boston sports. He especially enjoyed watching his children and grandchildren play sports and perform on stage.

Dick was a true family man. He worked hard to provide for his family. Dick worked at North Shore Disposal, a company owned by his father. Several years later Dick started Desjardins Disposal. He later worked for Waste Management as a truck driver until suffering 5 strokes in 2004. Dick would do anything for his family. He served as a Girl Scouts Leader for his daughter Cindy’s troop when nobody else would volunteer. Dick also held office in the Salem High Music Boosters while Debby was in the high school band. He lived for his family and friends, as well as his dogs, Zephyr (whose ashes will be buried with him) and Pippy, who misses her Daddy terribly. Dick was a good-hearted and loyal person who will be sorely missed by those who knew him.

Dick was the beloved husband of Patricia L. (Lavender) Desjardins. He was the devoted father of Cynthia Stratouly & her husband Donn of Wilmington and Deborah Alter & her husband Edward of North Reading. Dick was the loving grandfather of Stephanie Perez & her husband Ernesto, Jonathan Stratouly, Gregory Stratouly, Nicholas Stratouly, Madelyn Alter and Cameron Alter. He leaves behind his great-grandchildren Jaylen and Sofia Perez. He was the dear brother of Carol Rourke & her husband James of Middleton. Dick is also survived by his nephews, Christopher Rourke and Erik Rourke & his wife Colleen.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA on April 25th at 1:00 p.m. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Sunday, April 24th from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Richard’s memory may be made to Cape Ann Animal Aid, 4 Paws Lane, Gloucester, MA 01930, where Dick and Pippy rescued each other.


18 Entries in Guest Book for “Richard L. Desjardins”

  1. Linda Raby says:

    Pat and Family – my deepest sympathy to you and your family on Dickie’s passing. We were brought up in the Castle Hill Section of Salem. He lived on Read Street and I lived 2 streets up on Cleveland Street. We used to use his property as we walked to Castle Hill Park. He was such a dear sweet man and he will be missed. May God Bless Dick and his family during this most difficult time

  2. Rosemarie Finney Byer says:

    My deepest sympathy to you Patricia and your family…..I am saddened by this….Dickie and I grew up together on Castle Hill and went to Salem Commercial together…..and you as well…may the Lord comfort you…love you, Rosemarie

  3. Christopher Hall says:

    Another heartbreaking loss for everyone in Castle Hill…. Pat you and your family are in my prayers….. God Bless

  4. Millie Mandeville says:

    Pat and family you are in my thoughts and prayers are with you all. You have my deepest sympathies. May God bless you and watch over all of you during this difficult time. Much Love Always ??????????

  5. Alan LeClari says:

    Pat and Family so sorry for your loss! No words can express my sorrow! You are in my thoughts and prayers! God Bless you and help you through such a difficult time.

  6. Steve Asadoorian says:

    Dear Pat,

    Please accept our sincere sympathy and share it with your entire family. Maria forwarded Dick s obituary to me today. I only met Dick a few times over the years, but each time I enjoyed our time together. I’ll never forget the time that we shared in Nassau. I know that his memory will always be with you and your family. I’m sorry that we will not be able to be present with you during services this week.

    Steve and Ginger Asadoorian

  7. Ken Henderson says:

    Pat and Family – Judie and I send my deepest sympathy to you and your family on Dickie’s passing. I spent so much time with Dickie growing up and I can never remember having a bad day with Dicke. All the old gang at the hill and St. Anne”s Club will miss him. Some people leave their mark in this world and Dickie is one of them. I will miss his belly laugh but he left us with memories that will last forever. He was the salt of the earth.

  8. Annette Kosover says:

    My deepest condolences to you and your family, Pat! May your beautiful memories ALWAYS be sources of comfort!! Warm thoughts, prayers and love from me to you and yours!!

  9. Linda Murphy says:

    Dear Pat
    So sorry for your loss. We have some wonderful memories from SCS. Prayers and loving thoughts to you and your family.
    Linda and Joel Murphy

  10. Jean Pelletier says:

    So sorry for your loss. I was a friend of Dicky for many years. Lived on the same street, Read, also belonged to St. Anne,s Athletic Club at the same time he did. A gentleman and true friend. Saw him last at the CH-Gang,s summer gathering. God bless and keep him forever.

  11. Joseph Germanos says:

    My deepest sympathy to your family.
    I know how much your dad meant to you. May he rest at peace.
    Love always, Joseph Germanos

  12. Jim and Ellen Sweet says:

    We are very sorry for your loss, Pat. We saw Dick’s picture on Facebook just the other day and we know how much you two loved each other. We ask that God and time will comfort you.

  13. Mark and Cyndi Napierkowski says:

    The world has lost one of the funniest, kindest and sincerest friends we have ever known. We are so grateful for the wonderful memories that we will carry with us. Please know our hearts and prayers are with you and your entire family. Sending you our deepest sympathy and love.

  14. Teri & John says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. Just the other day I watched him from the kitchen window. He was potting up some flowers in a container. He looked so content sitting in his chair and working away. He reminded me of my brother and I remember thinking ” I hope the weather is good so he could enjoy being outdoors.” We didn’t get much of a chance to know him very well but I hope your good memories carry you through the days of sorrow. Remember him with love and laughter…
    With deep sorrow for your loss
    Teri LaBella
    Wilmington Insurance

  15. Arlyne (Soucy) Morrison says:

    Pat so sorry to you and your family for the lost of your beloved Dicky . He was a very special man . I’m delighted I was able to spend some time with him last summer at the Castle Hill reunion . Again my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family .. God Bless !!

  16. Ralph & Jean(Downing) Cimon says:

    Please accept our sincere condolences on your loss. His passing certainly diminishes the essence of our BFHS Class. He was a valued classmate and a wonderful friend. When we think of Dick we think of his ever-present smile and contagious laugh. We know you will all be comforted by all your fond memories. Ralph & Jeanie Cimon. BFHS ‘63

  17. Rylance Lord says:

    Dear Pat:
    Brenda, Twyla, Matt, and Jessica join me in extending our heartfelt sympathy to you and your family on the passing of Richard. We share your grief.

    A small item relating to St. Peter’s Church which I sent to you early last week came back as “undeliverable” (at Peabody address). I came across Richard’s obituary notice after a bit of exploring.

    You are always in our thoughts and prayers.

    Most sincerely,

    Rylance, Twyla, and Matt Lord
    Brenda Lord Stewart (Florida)
    Jessica Lord Murachanian

  18. Debby says:

    It’s been one year?? A year of everything without you, Dad. I miss you. I love you.

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