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Wildwood Cemetery
Tuesday May 24th, 2022

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Joseph L. Richard

Jospeh L. Richard, 89, Of Dunedin, Florida, originally of Gardner, died peacefully Wednesday, May 4, 2022.

Born in Gardner, on February 19, 1933, he was the son of the late Alphonse and Andrea (Casey) Richard. Joseph graduated from Gardner High School with the Class of 1951 and later attended Emerson School of Broadcasting. He was the owner and operator of JRL Industries of Oxford, MA until his retirement.

Joseph was a master bridge player, being asked by cruise lines to run their bridge tournaments around the world. This allowed him to travel and see many different countries with his wife Gloria. His time that he spent with his family was the time he cherished the most.

He leaves his wife Gloria (Hoffman) Richard of Dunedin, Florida; three sons, Stephen Richard and his wife Donna of Oklahoma, Scott Richard and his wife Betty of Webster, Jay Richard of Charlton; two daughters, Shauna Larson and her husband Charles of Hubbardston, Jayne Vranos and her husband George of Charlton; eleven grandchildren, Johnathan and Johanna Larson, Jason and Hannah Richard, Nicholas and Christopher Vronos, Johnathan and Joel Stewart, Caitlin, Emily, and Danielle Hoffman; stepchildren, Janet Steward and her husband Jamie, and Steven Hoffman and his wife Susan; a brother, Alfred Richard of Richmond, VA; several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was predeceased by his first wife, Ruth Richard, who died in 1988; a daughter, Sarah Louise Richard; a brother, Raymond Richard; and two grandchildren, Donna Laska, and Scott Richard.

A Graveside Service will be held Tuesday, May 24, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. in Wildwood Cemetery, West Street, Gardner, MA.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Sun Coast Hospice Hospital, 164 West Lake Road, Palm Harbor Florida, 34684. Please reference in memory of Joseph L. Richard.

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On behalf of the entire Mattson/Swanson families, we are so sorry to hear of the death of Joe. Our prayers and love and support are sent to all of his family.

Betty Swanson Knowlton May 24 2022 8:51 PM

I had the absolute pleasure of being a guest . What a pleasure it was to stay and visit You will truly be missed with all my heart.

Robyn May 22 2022 2:40 PM