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Official Obituary of: Richard E. Dion 01/16/21

Richard E. Dion 01/16/21

Richard E. Dion, 85, of North Attleboro, MA,  passed away Saturday morning, January 16, 2021 at home in the care and company of his loving wife and sons.  He was the beloved husband of Paula (Smith) Dion for 54 years. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his two children and their spouses: Michael and his wife Brenda and William (Bill) and his wife Kara. He was a devoted grandfather to four grandchildren: Kate, Matthew, Victoria and Colin.

 

Born to William A. and Lea (Provencal) Dion in Plainville, he grew up and lived his life in North Attleboro around his large extended family. He graduated from North Attleboro High School in 1954 and proudly served his country in the US Army during the Korean war. He spent most of his career as a Tool Designer for Engelhard Industries in Plainville.

 

Dad / Grampy was the very definition of a do-it-yourselfer and teacher. A generous, kind, humorous and loving person, if he wasn’t busy building, fixing or tinkering in his workshop, he could be found tending to his vegetable garden or digging clams near his summer home on Cape Cod. Everyone who visited there was treated to his signature dishes: little necks on the halfshell and clams casino. Always available to lend a hand, he never missed an excuse to shoot the breeze and enjoy a beer and a laugh. He thoroughly enjoyed time spent with his brothers and their children and helping in many of their business ventures. His adventurous nature included travel, golfing, skiing, hunting and fishing, hot air ballooning, doing loop-de-loops in a biplane, soaring in a glider and zip lining in Hawaii.

 

Predeceased by his brothers William, Edward and Robert, Richard is survived by his brother Paul and his wife Helene, his sister Lorraine Ashley and her husband William, and sisters-in-law Claire, Annette and Cecilia. He has many wonderful nieces, nephews and cousins that were all a big part of his life. 

 

Due to the pandemic and for the health and safety of all, a private Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Transfiguration of the Lord Parish in Saint Mary Church, 14 Park Street, North Attleboro on Thursday, January 21 at 10:00 AM. Burial with veterans’ honors will follow at Saint Mary Cemetery in North Attleboro. 

 

Additional family and friends are cordially invited to view the Mass that will be live-streamed on both Facebook and YouTube at 10:00 AM by visiting: https://www.facebook.com/Transfiguration-of-the-Lord-Parish-North-Attleborough-106529317647894 .

Or 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1i2_bnxJkvxwc5jurDrK2w?fbclid=IwAR234lCNCHVNYcjEhK-tgpr7FQ-TGUX_xdH9z_E1N4Hd2scfmR4JrK_x1s8

 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Richard’s name to: The Alzheimer’s Association, (https://www.alz.org/), 225 N, Michigan Ave., FL. 17, Chicago, IL. 60601 or Community VNA, (https://www.communityvna.com) 10 Emory St. Attleboro, MA 02703 

  • Comment (13)
  • I will miss chatting with you while you were working in your yard.  You were a wonderful neighbor.
    Adele, Jim, Jamie and Megan Hornsby

  • So sorry to hear about Dick. He was a great guy. He will be missed by many who knew him. I was happy to be his friend. My deepest sympathy, Paula.

  • Deepest condolences to Paula and the Dion family on the passing of your beloved husband and father .
    You are all in my thoughts and prayers .

    Richard was a true gentleman .

  • With heavy hearts we read Richard’s story.  However, looking at his smiling face brought back so many happy memories of times spent having special fun with Richard and the rest of the Dions.  We will hold those memories in our hearts. We are here for you Paula.
    Blessings,,
    Alan and Donna

  • Paula and Family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. During this difficult time please reflect on the great memories you all have. The pain will lessen and you will all be at peace.

    If I can help in anyway just let me know. You all have and will continue to be great neighbors. Prayers are with you.

  • Please accept my condolences, Bill, Kara, Kate and Colin for your loss. The meaning of one’s life is defined by “how” they lived it. The beautifully written obituary tells the story. I know each of you has special memories that will, in time, help you through the process of grief. Much love. 

  • Our hearts & prayers are with you and your family. May God give you all peace and rest during this difficult time. 

  • Paula, I’m so sorry for the loss of Richard but so happy to have met him! Love and hugs to you all  Linda 

  • With deepest sympathy as you remember Richard. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.

  • So sorry to hear of your loss. I have such great memories of having the privilege of growing up next door to the Dions. Mr. Dion always gave a wave or came over to chat if I was outside. My heart is heavy for your family. All my love, Laurie Bishop Estrella. 

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  1. So sorry to hear of your loss. I have such great memories of having the privilege of growing up next door to the Dions. Mr. Dion always gave a wave or came over to chat if I was outside. My heart is heavy for your family. All my love, Laurie Bishop Estrella. 

  2. With deepest sympathy as you remember Richard. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.

  3. Paula, I’m so sorry for the loss of Richard but so happy to have met him! Love and hugs to you all  Linda 

  4. Our hearts & prayers are with you and your family. May God give you all peace and rest during this difficult time. 

  5. Please accept my condolences, Bill, Kara, Kate and Colin for your loss. The meaning of one’s life is defined by “how” they lived it. The beautifully written obituary tells the story. I know each of you has special memories that will, in time, help you through the process of grief. Much love. 

  6. Paula and Family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. During this difficult time please reflect on the great memories you all have. The pain will lessen and you will all be at peace.

    If I can help in anyway just let me know. You all have and will continue to be great neighbors. Prayers are with you.

  7. With heavy hearts we read Richard’s story.  However, looking at his smiling face brought back so many happy memories of times spent having special fun with Richard and the rest of the Dions.  We will hold those memories in our hearts. We are here for you Paula.
    Blessings,,
    Alan and Donna

  8. Deepest condolences to Paula and the Dion family on the passing of your beloved husband and father .
    You are all in my thoughts and prayers .

    Richard was a true gentleman .

  9. So sorry to hear about Dick. He was a great guy. He will be missed by many who knew him. I was happy to be his friend. My deepest sympathy, Paula.

  10. I will miss chatting with you while you were working in your yard.  You were a wonderful neighbor.
    Adele, Jim, Jamie and Megan Hornsby

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