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John Richard Jr., 78,

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.


Guest Book

We were so very sorry to hear of John's passing. We met John and Kathy in Blue Ridge when they bought their cabin on our mountain, and went to a couple of their Christmas get togethers. RIP John.....
Dewey and June Coates


My deepest sympathy, Kathy. I don't need to tell you what a great guy John was, smart, caring, funny. Many, many years ago we had a card playing group and John kept us laughing all night. So, even though it has been many years since I've seen John, he was in my prayers throughout his illness.
diane cheever


We enjoyed having John and Kathy as friends on the mountain. My wife enjoyed girls night out on the mtn and Kathy would pick her up. I used to ride my 4 wheeler down in the "holler" to see John he would bring me up to date on what's new with 4 wheeling. We loved their mtn party's and John would break out his guitar and play a few tunes for us. We sure will miss him.
Russ and Brenda Mac Donald


Losing a friend is never easy, however, this one is difficult. We became friends when John and Kathy lived in Blue Ridge. We shared a lot of the same interests: golf, shooting, and military service... John was steady, honest, and caring. Kathy my thoughts are with you and everyone who called that “Sweet Caroline” singer a friend.
Walter Boleman


I met John while working st Visiting Nurse Association in Vero Beach. He and Kathy with my husband had some great times together. We were only able to visit them in Georgia. Loved going up and down that mountain. NOT! John always kept in touch and had many wonderful phone conversations with Jim. Will miss his quick wit, on to a new journey John😘
Karen Gilbert


I met John while working st Visiting Nurse Association in Vero Beach. He and Kathy with my husband had some great times together. We were only able to visit them in Georgia. Loved going up and down that mountain. NOT! John always kept in touch and had many wonderful phone conversations with Jim. Will miss his quick wit, on to a new journey John😘
Karen Gilbert


It’s hard loosing my last best friend. I will miss reliving all our fishing trips together. Each time we talked about them the fish got bigger and bigger. I will miss hearing from him with his opening sentence “we r moving again!”. I still laugh thinking about all the special “hidden secret “ gun cases he built at each new home which he would always proudly show me and how to operate the secret lock. Semper Fi old friend.
Roger Brodeur


John was a good friend of ours for many, many years. We had a lot of good times and lots of laughs with him and Kathy. He will be missed.
Terry and Roger Brodeur


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