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Richard F. Beaudry Veteran
September 23, 2022


CHICOPEE – Richard F. Beaudry, 91, of the Fairview section of Chicopee, was Called Safely Home on Friday, September 23, 2022. He passed into Eternal Life from the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke surrounded by the care and comfort of his loving family and his comrades-at-arms. He was born at home in the Willimansett section of Chicopee on April 4, 1931 a beloved son of the late Henry E. and Beatrice M. (Granfield) Beaudry. He was raised in the Willimansett section of Chicopee and graduated from Chicopee High School, Class of 1949. He furthered his education and received his Bachelor’s of Business Administration Degree from Western New England College and his Master’s of Education Degree and Master’s Degree in Business Administration, both from Westfield State College. He served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War serving in the Finance Corps with the Occupation Forces of Japan and attained the rank of Sergeant First Class. He received the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal. He returned in 1955 and settled in the Fairview section of Chicopee where he lived the remainder of his life. He was a longtime communicant of the former Saint Mary of the Assumption Church in Chicopee where he was the first Altar Server at the founding of the Parish in 1939. He also served as a member of the Parish Council, a Eucharistic Minister, usher, and as head acolyte for many funeral Masses. Following the closing of his beloved parish, he was a communicant of Sainte Rose de Lima Church in Chicopee where he continued to serve as a greeter and acolyte. He was an active member of the Fairview Knights of Columbus Council 4044 in Chicopee where he volunteered in many capacities including weekly Bingo, Spaghetti Suppers, Thanksgiving Dinner, and the Tootsie Roll Drive to name a few. He was a member and Past Navigator of the Fairview Assembly 2670, now the Bishop Joseph F. Maguire Assembly of the Fourth Degree, serving as Purser and longtime member of the Honor Guard. He was a member of the Fairview American Legion Post 438, where he held the office of Director and Finance Officer, a member of the Chicopee Lodge of Elks 1849, the Western Mass Chapter 2000 Korean War Veterans Association, the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 19, the National Education Association, the Massachusetts Teachers Association, and the Chicopee Education Association. Richard was passionate about his Irish heritage passed down through his mother who was born in Feohanagh, County Kerry, Ireland. He loved to travel to his beloved Ireland and visited Dingle and his Irish cousins during his twelve visits there. He leaves his two loving children, Joyce B. Bosworth of Ludlow, and Richard F. “Rick” Beaudry, Jr. and his wife, Kim, of Ashfield; and his many dear nephews, nieces, cousins, numerous friends and extended family members. In addition to his parents, he was also predeceased by his dear sister, Joan Beaudry; and his four dear brothers, Henry, Lester, Vincent, and Howard Beaudry. His Funeral will be held on Thursday, September 29, 2022 beginning at the St. Pierre – Phaneuf Aldenville Chapels, (413-532-9806), 13 Dale Street, Chicopee, MA 01020, (funeral home will open at 8:30 a.m.), followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at Sainte Rose de Lima Church, 594 Grattan Street, Chicopee, MA 01020. His Burial with United States Army Military Honors will follow the Mass at Sainte Rose Cemetery, 49 Olsen Street, Chicopee, MA 01020. His family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday, September 29, 2022 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. before Mass. The parking lot and main entrance of the funeral home are located in the rear at 20 Lafayette Street, Chicopee, MA 01020. Richard was a co-organizer with the Fairview Knights of Columbus Council 4044 and the Fairview Assembly 2670 in sponsoring Ice Cream Socials, Bingo, and Pizza Parties for the residents at the Soldiers’ Home, so in lieu of flowers, his family requests that memorial donations be made in Richard’s memory to the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke, Recreation Department, Attn: Margaret Feyre, 110 Cherry Street, Holyoke, MA 01040. For more details and to leave his family condolence messages, please visit:

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St. Pierre-Phaneuf Aldenville Chapels
13 Dale Street
Chicopee, MA 01020