BACHMAN, Richard E. "Dick" 81, of East Bridgewater, MA and Naples, FL, died peacefully while surrounded by his family on June 29, 2016. Dick was the loving son of the late Bertel V. and Anne (Clarkin) Bachman and grew up in Braintree. He was a graduate of Braintree High School, Providence College, and Boston College Law School. |
Dick married Elaine (Hennessey) Bachman on February 9, 1963 and they were happily married for 49 years until her death in 2012.
After Dick graduated from law school, he opened a practice in Whitman with Edward P. Kirby. In April 1963, he joined the Attorney General's office in Boston as a law clerk and was appointed an Assistant Attorney General in November of that year. During his years in the Attorney General's office, Dick was on the prosecution team for the "Small Loans" Trial and received a commendation from the U.S. Department of Justice. In 1969, he joined the U.S. Attorney's Office as an Assistant U.S. Attorney. Dick became 1st Assistant U.S. Attorney and was named head of the Criminal Division prior to his departure to private practice in 1976.
In 1976, Dick joined Hale, Sanderson, Byrnes and Morton, where he practiced corporate and criminal law until he retired in 2002. During his time in private practice, he defended several high profile cases.
Dick was a passionate golfer who enjoyed playing at Brockton Country Club and Foxfire Country Club in Naples, FL, along with any other club he was invited to play. After he retired, Dick took up watercolor painting and produced many beautiful pictures for friends and family. He was a member of the East Bridgewater Kiwanis, former Chairman of the Board Trustees of the East Bridgewater Savings Bank and past chairman of the East Bridgewater Zoning Board of Appeals. Dick and Elaine were avid travelers and went on many great adventures with friends to Europe, the Caribbean, Mexico, and Hawaii.
He was the loving father of Mark R. Bachman and his wife Colleen of Plymouth, MA; Paul R. Bachman and his wife Maureen of Scituate, MA; Amy Ursillo and her husband Albert of Hope, RI; and Julie Bachman of Lake Tahoe, NV. He was the proud grandfather of Noah, Sarah, Richard, and Lauren. He is also survived by his brother-in-law and close friend, Edward M. Sullivan, of Canton, along with many nieces, nephews and loving friends.
Family and friends are cordially invited to the Prophett-Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 35 Spring St., EAST BRIDGEWATER, on Wednesday, July 6th at 9 am. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. John's Church, 210 Central St., East Bridgewater at 10:00 am followed by a burial at Milton Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, July 5th from 4-8 pm at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent in Dick's memory to Beacon Hospice, 32 Resnick Road, Plymouth, MA 02360. For online guestbook and directions, please visit:
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Published in The Boston Globe on July 3, 2016