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Richard Warren Babcock

1934 - 2014 HANCOCK Richard Warren Babcock, 79, a former longtime resident of Hancock, died Friday May 16, 2014, at Williamstown Commons. He was born in Schenectady, N.Y. on July 31, 1934, son of Clayton C. and Alice Haley Babcock. He attended the Williamstown High School. He was a veteran of the Korean War and served in the Marines from Oct. 9, 1952, until his honorable discharge on Oct. 8, 1955. Richard worked as a master barn-builder and was self-employed for his entire life. He was a communicant of St. Raphael's Church in Williamstown. He was a member of the American Legion Post #152 of Williamstown. Richard was also a member of the Williams Lodge of Masons and served as its Grandmaster, and held many other positions in the lodge. He was an avid historian and authored several books. Richard also operated the Babcock Barn Museum. Survivors include five daughters, Hannah Pallos and her husband, Dino, of Lanesboro; twins, Susan Coleman and her husband, Michael, of County Mayo, Ireland, and Alice Lynch and her husband, Robert, of the state of Florida; Charlene Leonard and her husband, John, and Margaret Goss and her husband, Timothy, both of Hancock; five sons, David Babcock and his wife, Terrie, of Lee, Charles Babcock and his wife, Marie, of Ohio, Clayton Babcock and his wife, Michelle, of Cheshire, George Babcock and his wife, Nancy, of Lanesboro, and Ronald Babcock and his wife, Justine, of West Stephentown, N.Y.; over 30 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren; 2 brothers, Robert West of Pittstown, N.Y. and Frederick West of Chicago, Ill., and nieces and nephews. He was predeceased, Margaret Torrey, Isabelle Peterson, Edith Haley, and Ruth West. FUNERAL NOTICE: A Liturgy of Christian Burial for Richard Babcock will be celebrated Wednesday, May 21, 2014, at 10 a.m. at Sts. Patrick/Raphael Church in Williamstown. Burial will follow in Westlawn Cemetery. Calling hours at FLYNN & DAGNOLI-MONTAGNA HOME FOR FUNERALS WEST CHAPELS, 521 West Main St. North Adams, MA are Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to HospiceCare of the Berkshires in care of the funeral home. To send a card or a message, please visit www.flynndagnolifuneralhomes.com.


Published in The Berkshire Eagle on May 17, 2014
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