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Richard James Tarmey


1923 - 2015 Obituary Condolences
Richard James Tarmey, age 91 of 40 Ferncliff Avenue passed away on March 7, with his family by his side at Kindred Nursing and Rehabilitation Center - Laurel Lake, Lee.
Born in Lee on May 31, 1943, he attended Lee schools and graduated from Lee High School in the Class of 1942.
Immediately after graduation, he was drafted into the United States Army where he served his country from January 1943 to April 1946. He was engaged in combat missions in France and Germany throughout World War II.
A lifelong resident of Lee, he returned home from the war and married Ann Rose Smachetti of Lee in 1946 at St. Mary's Church and remained married to her for 58 years.
Earning his Massachusetts Electrician's License, he was employed at the Peter J. Schweitzer paper mills as an electrician for nearly 30 years. Subsequently he worked as an electrician at the Willowood Nursing Home in Great Barrington until his retirement at age 80.
Richard was a devout Catholic throughout his life. He attended St. Mary's Church and was an adorer at the Adoration Chapel on Academy St.
Richard and Ann traveled and did so extensively in Europe, Canada, and the United States. Ann died May 21, 2004.
Dick leaves his son, David R.Tarmey of N.Y.C.; two sisters, Linda Raflowitz and her husband, Sheldon, of Scury, Texas, and Jessie Ziegler of Deland, Fla.
He was predeceased by his brothers, Frank, Ned, Martin, and John; and his sisters, Shirley Cheverette and Margaret Ford.
FUNERAL NOTICE: The Funeral will be held on Thursday morning at 9:15 from the Kelly Funeral Home, with a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Mary's Church with burial to follow in St. Mary's Cemetery. Visiting hours at the funeral home will be Wednesday from 4 - 7.
The family would like to thank Kindred Assisted Living - Laurel Lake and Kindred Skilled Nursing - Laurel Lake for their kindness and compassion to Richard during his stay there.
If you would like to leave a message of condolence or share pictures or stories please visit our website at www.kellyfuneralhome.net.

Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Mar. 10, 2015
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