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RICHARD W. HENNESSY


1932 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
RICHARD W. HENNESSY Obituary
HENNESSY, Richard W. 82, of Ventura, CA, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his loving family, on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, following a prolonged illness. Rich was born on February 13, 1932 in Newton, Massachusetts to William and Helen (Doiront) Hennessy. He grew up in Cambridge, MA where as a teenager he developed a lifelong love of sports. Rich enjoyed playing baseball, football and he was a stand out in track and field. After high school, Rich proudly served in the United States Army, during the Korean War. After his honorable discharge from the service, Rich went to work for the Polaroid Corporation. He worked for Polaroid for 25 years, working his way up to management in the manufacturing department. In 1957, he married the love of his life, Eleanore Sugrue. They spent their early years together in Cambridge, MA, eventually moving to Burlington, MA where they settled and raised three daughters in a close-knit community filled with family, friends, much love and laughter. Rich was a devoted and loving husband to Eleanore, his wife of 57 years, whom he always referred to as the most beautiful girl in the world. Although Rich and Eleanore recently moved to Ventura, CA to live with family, he remained Boston Strong to the end, ever the dedicated member of Red Sox Nation and a die-hard New England Patriots and Boston Bruins fan. He also loved working in the yard, could fix anything and was very proud of his Irish heritage. Richard is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Bob and Paul Hennessy; and sister, Helen Rogers. He is survived by his wife, Eleanore; daughters, Diane (Stephen) Frantela of Ventura, CA, Donna Johnson of Ventura, CA and Paula Sable of Santee, CA; grandchildren, Nichole and Matthew Austin, Casey Johnson, Alex (Racheal) Frantela and Andrew Frantela; brothers, Ted (Gerry), Bill and Jack Hennessy; and sister, Pat Hennessy. A celebration of life will be held in the Boston area at a later date. Condolences may be left at TedMayrFuneralHome.com.
Published in The Boston Globe on Apr. 20, 2014
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