Richard Lucien Joseph Houde

Richard Lucien Joseph Houde, 76, a former 36-year resident of Enfield, ascended into the journey of everlasting life from his home, Jan. 30, 2013, following an illness and surrounded by his loving family.

Richard was the devoted husband for 56 years to Janet B. (Adams) Houde. In addition to Janet, Richard also leaves his loving children, two sons, David Houde, and his companion, Judy Weller, of South Carolina, Joseph Houde, and his wife, Amy, of Mendon, Mass.; three daughters, Kathleen Bothwell, and her husband, Peter, of Simsbury, Andrea Luke, and her husband, David, and Pamela McCann, and her husband, Robert, all of Enfield; two cherished sisters, Rollande Scott of Ludlow, Mass., Yvette Perreault of South Hadley, Mass. Richard was the proud grandfather to Jennifer, Laura, Gregory, David, Christopher, Shannon, Stacey, Reanna, David Jr., Jaime, Cameron; and great-grandchildren, Kayli and Conner. Richard will live on in memory in the heart of his new granddaughter Cassidy, following her birth. He also leaves nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Richard was born in Springfield on Dec. 28, 1936, the son of the late Eduard and Rhea (Larose) Houde. He was predeceased by a dear sister, Doris Goodrow. Richard retired after 42 years with Hamilton Standard, Windsor Locks, now Hamilton Sundstrand. He was also a dedicated 30-year member of the Massachusetts Air National Guard, retiring in 1984, at the rank of master sergeant. He loved to spend his summers in New York and Maine with family. His favorite times were fishing, boating, and laughter with all who surrounded him. Everyone who ever met him loved him. We will miss him always.

His funeral will be held on Monday, Feb. 4. Everyone is asked to assemble in the Colonial Forastiere Funeral Home, 985 Main St., Agawam, Mass., at 8:45 a.m. for ceremonies, which will begin at 9 a.m. This will be followed by a procession to St. John the Evangelist Church, 823 Main St., Agawam, for a Liturgy of Christian Burial celebrated at 10 a.m. Burial with military honors will follow in the Massachusetts Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Agawam. Calling hours will take place in the funeral home, Sunday, Feb. 3, from 3 to 6 p.m.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Baystate Health Foundation, Attention: Baystate Pulmonary Rehabilitation, 280 Chestnut St., 6th floor, Springfield, MA 01199; or to Baystate Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice, 50 Maple St., Springfield, MA 01102.

Published in Journal Inquirer from Feb. 1 to Feb. 5, 2013