Richard Albert Boucher, Sr.
DOUGLAS - "Dick" Albert Boucher, Sr. 66 of 27 Reid Road, Douglas, was called home in the late afternoon on October 31st, 2012. He passed on to glory peacefully at home with members of his family by his side.
Richard was born on July 19th, 1946 in Woonsocket Hospital to Theodore and Loretta (Demers) Boucher. When he was just six years old, his mother lost her battle to cancer and went to be with the Lord. Within a few short years, Theodore met and married a young widow, Georgette (Bizier), who had a son of her own, Raymond. Soon, Ted and Georgette welcomed their daughter, Nancy. Together, they lived in Bellingham on Pulaski Boulevard where Theodore built Teds Outboard Motor Service, a thriving, boating and snowmobiling business. Richard and the entire family grew up working there. When they werent working, they spent all of their free time on Pascoag Lake in Rhode Island fishing, swimming, snowmobiling and enjoying countless summers with their family and friends.
Richard met one of the loves of his life, Susan Marcia Hogarth, while attending a C.Y.O. dance in Bellingham. A group of boys were trying to get a little "too close" he said. Too close for him. Voted Strongest Man of his senior class, Richard took it upon himself to court her, as he knew one day she would be his bride. The rest, they say, is history. They continued dating throughout High School. Richard graduated from Bellingham High School in 1964.
Richards fierce love for his country brought him to fight for it. While waiting for Susan to graduate, his number was up. His draft notice came in the mail. Richard, always wanting to join the Navy, enlisted in the United States Navy to fight for the war in Vietnam in 1966. During Richard's first tour, he was assigned to the U.S.S. Boston as a Navigation Petty Officer. The U.S.S. Boston, a guided missile carrier, was reclassified in 1952 as the worlds first guided missile cruiser.
Only a few short months after Susan's High School graduation, Richard and Susan were married on November 25th, 1967. In January, 1968 Richard was assigned his second tour as a Petty Officer Meteorologist in the Navy during the height of the Vietnam War. It was at that time they found out they were expecting. On October 1st, 1968, the U.S.S. Boston received a Telegram: "Its-A-Son", Richard Albert Boucher, Jr. was born.
Although he earned an Associates' Degree in business in 1971, a year after his second child, Tammy Ann Boucher was born, it soon became clear to him, that he was not a "Man of Business", but rather, a "Hands on Man". With all of his years of experience "fixing things" in the family business, it just clicked. He began his life-long career as a machinist in 1971, working at ATF Davidson, Whitin Machine Works, & Graycer Screw.
Monique Doreen Boucher was born in 1976. Richard and his family were living a life of struggle in Blackstone. The bank was about to take the house. Richard and Susan had nowhere to go. By the grace of God, they decided to go to church. Richard took a leap of faith and moved his family to Uxbridge. Richard and Susan began living a life of spiritual devotion to Jesus Christ through the Roman Catholic Church. They also began their ministry life in Tri-Valley Marriage Encounter, helping other couples with their marriages. They remained in Uxbridge, until Susan went on to Glory on February 15th, 1997. They were married just shy of thirty years.
A passionate volunteer of the Catholic Christian Doctrine, (C.C.D.) Richard taught many young people about his faith through his work with St. Marys Parish in Uxbridge, MA in the 1980s. Later, Richard pursued his personal desire to evangelize others and became ordained as a Eucharistic Minister at Good Shepherd Parish in Linwood, MA.
After Susan passed on, Richard wandered and searched until he met another love of his life, Cheryl Forget. A divorced mother of two grown daughters who had suffered through her fair share of struggles, had Cheryl also been searching for something, someone? They were married on October 16th, 1999. They just observed their thirteenth wedding anniversary. She so unselfishly cared for him when he became sick until the time of his passing.
Richard is survived by his wife Cheryl Forget, his children Richard Albert Boucher, Jr. and his girlfriend Rhiannon Finch of Albuquerque, NM; Tammy A. Robertson and her husband Michael and their children Trevor and Jake of Whitinsville; Monique Boucher and her boyfriend Jason Adams and their children Emerson Boucher and Dylan Adams of Douglas; his step-daughters Kelly McCaw and her children Tyler Lamothe and Mia Albin of Whitinsville; Heather Dow of Houston, TX; his mother Georgette, his brother and sister-in-law, Raymond and Susan Boucher all from Palm Bay, FL; his sister and brother-in-law, Nancy and Peter Bradley of Port Richey, FL and so many family and friends who will miss him forever.
He is predeceased by his first wife Susan Marcia (Hogarth) Boucher and by his father Theodore Albert Boucher. Richards family would like to thank Anita, Barbara and Matt, his Hospice caregivers, for all of the love and support they gave during Richard's last moments with us.
It has been said by many that Richard was the "nicest man that they had ever met", "who never had an ill word to say of anyone", and that "he gave THE best hugs of anyone"! We will see you in Heaven...
A Memorial Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 10th, 2012, at St. Patrick's Church, 1 Cross St., Whitinsville, MA. Burial will follow at St. Mary's Cemetery, Granite St., Uxbridge, MA. Memorial Calling Hours will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, November 9th, 2012 at Jackman Funeral Home, 12 Spring St. Whitinsville, MA. Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Richard to The Homeless Veterans Shelter in Worcester, C/O Veterans Inc., 69 Grove St., Worcester, MA 01605.