Richard E. 'Dick' Ferrera
Former coach of the Leominster
Little League & Babe Ruth Baseball; 70
LEOMINSTER -- Richard E. "Dick" Ferrera, 70, of Leominster, passed away Tuesday, August 5, 2014, in his home, after a long and courageous battle with multiple myeloma. He was surrounded by his loving family.
Dick was born in Fitchburg on February 27, 1944, son of the late Emilio and Margaret (Richard) Ferrera. He graduated from Saint Bernard's Catholic High School in 1961, and also from the Wentworth Institute of Technology in 1963, earning a degree in Mechanical Design. Throughout high school he worked for Aubuchon Hardware. After graduation from Wentworth, he started his career at Standard Tool and Die Company. He later joined Mark Technical Mold in Leominster and Nypro Mold, which is where he retired in 2006. During his illness he worked as a consultant with his son in law, Paul Boudreau, at Innovative Mold Solutions in Leominster.
Dick was very active in the Leominster community. He coached Leominster Little League and Babe Ruth Baseball while his son was young and for many years after. He brought the 1984 13 y.o. All-Star team to win the state and regional championships, and then to Ohio to play in the Babe Ruth World Series. He belonged to the Leominster Knights of Columbus and enjoyed playing bocce at the Foggia Club in Leominster. He was a car enthusiast, and loved to attend car shows with his 1981 Corvette. Dick loved golfing, snowshoeing, reading up on history, and tending to his vegetable and flower gardens. He was a rhythm guitarist who played in The Vibratone's and then Mass Gas in the 60's and early 70's.
He leaves his loving wife, Louise T. (Rufiange) Ferrera, with whom he celebrated 50 years of marriage on June 13, of this year; his daughter, Diane L. and her husband, Paul R. Boudreau, of Princeton; his son, David A. and his wife, Monica L. Ferrera, of Coto de Caza, CA. His greatest joys were his grandchildren, Conor, Natalia and Emilio Ferrera; and his grand dog, Oliver Boudreau.
He was predeceased by his brother, Robert Ferrera, and his sister, Barbara Bessette.
FERRARA -- The funeral will be held Saturday, August 9, 2014 from Brandon Funeral Home, 305 Wanoosnoc Rd., Fitchburg, MA with a Celebration of Life Mass at 10:00 am in St. Anna's Church, 194 Lancaster St., Leominster, MA. Burial will follow in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Fitchburg. Calling hours are Friday from 4-7 pm. The Leominster Knights of Columbus Council 406 will perform their ritual at 7 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to GVNA Healthcare, Inc., Hospice Dept., 34 Pearly Lane, Gardner, MA 01440 OR Catholic Restoration Fund/Cancer and Wellness Center c/o David Shepro, MD 1 Eaton Place, Worcester, MA 01608.