NORTH ATTLEBORO – Rev. Deacon Richard G. Lemay, 71, of North Attleboro died Thursday, November 29, 2018 at Philip Hulitar Hospice Center in Providence, RI.
Born January 16, 1947 in Woonsocket, RI, he was a son of the late Raymond E. and Jeannette (Langlois) Lemay.
Richard grew up in Woonsocket and was a 1964 graduate of Mt. St. Charles Academy in Woonsocket. He received a B.S. in Business Adminisration from University of Rhode Island in 1970 and was a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity.
He was dedicated to his faith and his church. He was a longtime communicant of Sacred Heart Parish in North Attleboro and he studied in the Diocese of Fall River Permanent Diaconate Formation Program from 2001 until 2006 and was ordained a deacon on October 8, 2007.
Richard has been serving as Permanent Deacon at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in Seekonk for several years where he’s been providing pastoral leadership care and participating in sermon development and was part of the regular preaching rotation.
During his lay ministry years, he served in a wide variety of programs at his churches including adult choir and served as president of the Parish Pastoral Council. He also served as co-coordinator of the Parish Festival, served as lector and eucharistic minister, was a member of the First Friday and Eucharistic Adoration teams and a member of the Knights of Columbus.
Richard worked for the City of Woonsocket as a personnel specialist from 2001 until 2009 and received a national award for establishing an Employee Good Health Program. Previously he had worked in human resources at Northwest Community Nursing & Health Services in Harmony, RI, St. Luke’s Hospital in New Bedford, Visiting Nurse Services of Greater Rhode Island in Lincoln, Rhode Island Hospital in Providence, John E. Fogarty Memorial Hospital in North Smithfield.
From 1970 until 1977 he worked as director of personnel assignments for Tech Industries in Woonsocket, Donley Manufacturing in North Attleboro, Mine Safety Appliances in Esmond, RI, and Plastic Wire and Cable Corp in Connecticut.
He served as president of the Woonsocket Rotary Club from 2006 to 2007 and was currently a board member, serving as Community Service Chair. Richard was a longtime member and chaplain of the Woonsocket Lodge #850 Elk’s Club and was former president of the Personnel Executives’ Association of Northern Rhode Island and R.I., was healthcare human resources director of the Hospital Association of Rhode Island and was a current 3rd degree member of the Knights of Columbus, Seekonk Council 5108 and was a member of the Attleboro Area Serra Club.
Richard was a devoted coach in North Attleboro Junior Football for many years and was inducted into their Hall of Fame in 1991.
He is survived by Carol (Champboux) Lemay of North Attleboro; two children: Nicole Carey of South Attleboro and Marc Lemay and wife Kimberly of North Attleboro; his granddaughter Charlotte Lemay; and four siblings: Jeanne Robidoux of Florida, Suzanne Bassett and husband Edward of Mendon, Irene Godbout and husband Michael of Florida and Father Peter Lemay of Hyannis.
Visiting hours will be held on Sunday, December 9 from 2-6 p.m. in the Sperry & McHoul Funeral Home, 15 Grove Street, North Attleboro. There will be a prayer and rosary service during visitation beginning at 5:00 p.m.
A funeral will be held from the funeral home on Monday, December 10 at 9 a.m. followed by a Mass at Sacred Heart Church, 58 Church Street, North Attleboro at 10 o’clock. Burial to follow at St. Jean Baptiste Cemetery in Bellingham.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to North Attleboro Junior Football, PO BOX 1092, North Attleboro, MA 02761.