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Ovila “Ovie” Richard, 70, of Zephyrhills, FL, formerly of Gardner, died peacefully Friday, July 13, 2018 in his residence, surrounded by family, following a long illness.
Ovila was born in St. Anthony, N.B. Canada on April 14, 1948, the son of the late Joseph and Doris (LeBlanc) Richard.
He was a United States Vietnam War Marine Veteran, serving from 1966 though 1969. During his service years he received the Rifle Marksman Badge, Piston Sharpshooter Badge, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. In 1969 Oliva received his GED while in the service.
He was employed by Haartz Corporation of Acton, Massachusetts for 25 years, retiring in 2004.
Ovila was a member of Annunciation Parish/Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church of Gardner and St. Joseph’s Church in Zephyrhills, Fl.
He enjoyed golfing, cooking, traveling and playing darts. He was a talented carpenter who enjoyed spending time working on his home. Ovila was an avid sports fan, especially of the Montreal Canadians and the New York Yankees. He loved spending time with his family.
Ovila leaves his wife of 47 years, Lucienne (Allain) Richard of Zephyrhills, FL; two sons, Danny Richard and his wife Sainan of Westborough, and Timmy Richard of Gardner; one daughter, Lisa Flowers and her husband John of Fitchburg; two brothers, Normand Richard and his wife Louise of Gardner and Gerald Richard of Gardner; seven sisters, Francine Boudreau and her husband Claude of Gardner, Ella Jones of Baldwinville, Bernice Legere and her husband Norman of Gardner, Rita Hache and her husband Ronnie of Zephyrhills, FL, Bernadette Nowlan and her husband Bernie of Gardner, Edith LeBlanc and her husband Leo of Leominster and Yvette Fontaine and her husband Alison of Gardner; six grandchildren, Ashlyn and Darius Flowers, Ethan, Alexianna, Camden and Landen Richard; three great-grandchildren; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his sister, Marie Perreault who died in 2003.
Funeral Services will be held Thursday, July 19, 2018 from the Boucher Funeral Home, Inc., 110 Nichols Street, Gardner with a Mass at 11:00 a.m. in Annunciation Parish/Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church, 135 Nichols Street, Gardner. Burial with full military honors will be held at a later date in the Massachusetts Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 111 Glenallen Street, Winchendon.
Calling hours will be held Wednesday, July 18, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Montachusett Veterans Outreach Center, Inc., 268 Central Street, Gardner, MA 01440, or to the American Cancer Society, New England Division, 30 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701. Please reference in memory of Ovila Richard.
My Dearest Lucy ,
It is with great sadness that I write this condolence to you . I wish I had known that Ovila had passed , so sorry for my lack of communication with you . Will be praying for peace for you and your family !
Carol Schmidt Oct 20 2018 12:00 AM
Im so deeply sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to the family. May you find some comfort in the beautiful memories that you have shared and that one day you will be together again. Keeping you all in my prayers.
Sincerely, Ginette Maillet Busack
Ginette Maillet Busack Jul 19 2018 12:00 AM
Lucienne- so very sorry for your loss. He is now in Gods hands. He will watch out for you from above. Love to you and your family.
Diane & Dewey Lashua Jul 18 2018 12:00 AM
Very sorry to all family members. May Orville Rest In Peace.
Sincerely Sandra Garlisi and David Ohman
Sandra Garlisi Jul 18 2018 12:00 AM
My condolence to the family, Ovila was a wonderful person and neighbor. He dearly loved Lucy and will be greatly missed. Rest in peace my friend, you are pain free.
Kathy Cline Jul 17 2018 12:00 AM
My sincere condolences to the familly. RIP
Rick Allain Jul 17 2018 12:00 AM
Lucienne and family - our hearts are saddened by your loss and our thoughts and prayers are with you
Debbie and Danny Boucher Jul 16 2018 12:00 AM