John Richard Jr., 78, of Thompson CT., A USMC veteran and retired physical therapist, passed away January 14, 2024 after a long struggle with MDS. He was born in Providence RI on January 9, 1946, son and step-son of the late Maggie and John Oakley. He is survived by his wife, Kathleen and his two children, Stephen (Melissa) and Jennifer (her partner Dan Sauri), his step-daughter Danielle Casey, (her partner Steven Choiniere) and grandchildren, Cooper, Drew and Emma Richard, Christian House (Melissa), and Hannah Casey. He was predeceased by his first wife, Monette Richard. J
John was extremely proud of his military service, crediting the Marines with teaching him core values and discipline that guided him through the military, college, his career and his relationships with family and friends. Had had a wide interest in activities, fishing, golf, target shooting, politics, guitar playing, singing and writing, and his interest in learning new skills remained with him until his passing. This past year he prepared and presented a program on the war in Vietnam to local high school classes, adamant that history not to be forgotten.
He had three incredible friends that he stayed close to, Greg, Walter and Roger, and listening to their conversations was like sitting front row in a comedy club, as well as friends he and Kathy met while they lived in Mashpee MA, Vero Beach FL, Blue Ridge GA, Oriental NC, Norton MA and Thompson CT. John eagerly anticipated each move, and last summer he thought he and Kathy might have one more move in them. More recently, however, he enjoyed spending hours sitting on their beach, enjoying the peace, faithful Dooley by his side.
Interment will be private. A celebration of John’s life will be held at a later date.
Donations in John’s name may be sent to the MDS Foundation 4573 South Broad St. Suite 150 Yardville NJ 08620 or to the Providence VA Medical Center 830 Chalkstone Ave Providence RI 20908 ATTN: Volunteer Services.