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1922 - 2013 | Obituary Condolences
RICH, Alvin Theodore 90, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 23rd, at the Miriam Boyd Parlin House, in Wayland. During his last weeks in this most supportive and loving Hospice care residence, family and friends surrounded Alvin and were granted the gift of sharing their loving memories with him. Alvin was born in Boston on November 13, 1922, the son of Rose (Silberstein) and Mark Rich and the loving brother of the late Herbert Rich. Al was married to his childhood sweetheart, Beatrice (Katz) Rich and spent the last 67 years with his bride. Bea took wonderful care of her Al for the last few years as he struggled with many incidents of congestive heart failure and needed in-home care from her and the Natick VNA. Alvin was most grateful for this loving support. Alvin was the loving father of Rosanne Kates, and her husband, Lou, and Irwin Rich, and his wife, Joni. He was the devoted Papa to Brad Kates, and his wife, Allison, Scott Kates, and his wife, Randi, Matthew Rich, and his wife, Leanne, Kimberly Rich, and her fiance, Philip Mauch, and to his grandson, David Rich. Great Papa Alvin especially enjoyed his great grandchildren, Maya, Danny, and Spencer Kates and was greatly looking forward to the birth of two more great grandchildren. Alvin Rich was a Veteran of World War II. He enlisted in the U.S. Army at the age of 19. Because of his knowledge of dental products learned as an intern in high school as a delivery boy for the Dental Supply Company of New England, he was stationed at the Walter Reed Hospital. When returning home, Mr. Rich entered the dental supply profession and became a noted dental supply salesman who believed in high quality customer service. In his professional and personal worlds he was renowned for his honesty. Alvin Rich was one of the owners of the F.W. Massell Company, a dental supply company in Kenmore Square. He also worked for Rower Dental, Healthco International, and other dental supply companies, servicing dentists in Boston, throughout MetroWest and in the Worcester area, as well. He was the dental supply Internet long before the Internet was invented. A funeral service will take place on Thursday morning at 10:30, at Temple Beth Sholom, 50 Pamela Road, Framingham. Burial will follow in Woburn. Shiva will take place at his daughters residence on Thursday evening 79 pm,, Friday 14 pm, and on Sunday 14 & 7-9 pm. Donations may be made in Alvin Richs memory to the Natick Visiting Nurse Association, 209 W. Central Street, #313, Natick, MA 01760, to Open Spirit: A Place of Hope, Health & Harmony, 39 Edwards Street, Framingham, MA 01701 (Nourishing Teachers/Strengthening Classroom Project), or to a . Brezniak-Rodman Chapel "Family Owned"
Published in The Boston Globe on July 25, 2013
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