Richard R. "Rick" Badders
WAYLAND: Richard R. “Rick” Badders, 64, died peacefully and comfortably on January 29, 2018 at the MetroWest Medical Center in Framingham following a long and protracted battle with cancer.
He was born in the Bronx, NY on February 17, 1953 the son of the late Philip L. Badders and Ida L. (Siclari) Badders who both died in 2017.
Rick is survived by his sisters Nancy Badders Maurer and her husband Ken Maurer of Oviedo, FL and Susan Badders LoSardo and her husband Stephen LoSardo of Churchville, PA. He was the uncle of Natalie Maurer, Joseph Maurer, David LoSardo and Christopher LoSardo.
Rick was a lifelong resident of Cochituate, graduated from Wayland High School with the Class of 1972 and received his Associates Degree from Northeastern University in Boston. He went on to work as a computer technician for many years with various companies, including Raytheon in Bedford. However, he will be most remembered as a Massage Therapist with private clients throughout the Natick, Framingham and Wayland area as well as a free-lance artist specializing in landscape oil paintings. For several years, Rick also taught massage therapy at Keefe Technical High School in Framingham. He was a longtime member of U.S. Parachute Association and an avid skydiver, primarily jumping from the Skydive Pepperell drop zone. He was also a prolific blood and platelet donor through the MetroWest Medical Center Community Blood Drive Program until 2006.
In 2006, Rick developed a brain tumor which impacted his quality of life and resulted in his loss of sight. He continued to battle this disease until his death, managing the struggles associated with living with cancer and blindness, while maintaining an independent lifestyle.
At Rick’s request, all services will be private for his family.
In lieu of flowers, his family kindly suggests that memorial gifts in Rick’s memory may be sent to The Carroll Center for the Blind, 770 Centre Street, Newton, MA 02458 and would be greatly appreciated.