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HARDING, Richard E. Of Weston MA died peacefully on June 9th. He was born in Weston on October 17th, 1939 and would return to live out his life in the town. Dementia forced him from his home for the final 10 months and ultimately took his life. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Judith, son David of San Diego, CA, son William of Osaka, Japan, two sisters: Anne and Joan, two grandchildren: George and Daisy, and his beloved labradoodle Ziggy. Like his father before him and his father before him Richard was an alumni of Weston High School. He graduated in 1957 and was quarterback for the football team and captain of the baseball team, the last Weston baseball team to win the league title. After high school he worked as a scuba instructor in Florida before enlisting in the Army. In October 1962 as a paratrooper in the 101st Airborne he waited tensely on a plane during the Cuban missile crisis. After his service he attended Northeastern University. In 1967 he graduated and was married to Judith at the Wayside Inn in Sudbury. The pair moved to Ann Arbor Michigan where they both enrolled in grad school at The University of Michigan. Richard studied business and worked at Ford Motor Company. In 1969 he moved back to Weston and began his career in earnest. He found success in printing ink sales that culminated with the founding of Color Communication Systems. He built the company into the sole distributor of a line of Japanese printing inks with offices in Rhode Island, California, and Texas. After selling the company Richard moved from ink to publication, publishing a journal to commemorate the turning of the millennium and photo essay books on the state of Mississippi and the USS Constitution. In retirement, Richard remained on the board of overseers for the USS Constitution Museum and was active in The Boston Map Society and The Ticknor Society. Throughout his life he treasured his family and friends, the sea, antiques, riding his tractor, and the Red Sox. He was a season ticket holder for 39 years and loved nothing more than sitting behind home plate with his two boys. Richard will be buried in the Linwood Cemetery in a private service. A celebration of his life will be held at his home in Weston on August 13th. He always liked a party. Faggas Funeral Home 800-222-2586
Published in The Boston Globe on June 26, 2016
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