Richard N. Rakip
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of Ayer; 82
AYER -- Richard N. Rakip, 82, of Ayer, died Sunday, May 12, 2013, at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston after a brief illness.
Mr. Rakip was born in Lowell, June 24, 1930, one of twelve children born to Alley and Annie (Murray) Rakip and moved to Ayer in 1937. He graduated from Ayer High School in 1949.
He leaves his "better half" over 40 years, Barbara Alderman; his son and daughter in law, Michael and Anne Marie Rakip of Summerville, SC; two grandchildren, Madeline (Rakip) Schildwachter and her husband, Capt. Andrew Schildwachter USMC of Sneads Ferry, NC and Thomas Rakip and his fiancée, Rhianna Cohen of Fuquay-Varina, NC: stepchildren, Cynthia J. Corbett of Scottsdale, AZ, Karen Alderman of Woburn, Nat S. Alderman and his wife, Susan, of Pepperell; three step grandchildren, Janet Hoffman, Jennifer Linehan and Christopher Creighton.
He was the brother of the late Robert D. Rakip Sr., Grace Stevens, Raymond M. Rakip, Russell E. Rakip, John J. Rakip, Harold J. Rakip, Ally S. Rakip, Wilson M. Rakip, Donald R. Rakip, Kenneth N. Rakip and Gerald Rakip. He was also predeceased by his former wife, Marianne L'Heureux Rogers, in 1992.
In 1957, Mr. Rakip opened and the Jack-O-Lantern Bar and Restaurant in Ayer, which he operated for 15 years. At that time he transformed the business to a package store which he continued to operate until his retirement in 1982.
He was a member of St. Mary's Church in Ayer, a life member of the Ayer Gun and Sportsman's Club, Westford-Littleton Elks and the Massachusetts 100 Club.
During the Korean Conflict he served his country as a sergeant in the United States Marine Corps. He was assigned to the 2d Shore Party Battalion, 2d Marine Division.
Dick and Barbara traveled extensively having visited six continents and over 40 countries by sea, air and land. Dick was very generous to many worthwhile charities including Loaves and Fishes, Ayer Education Foundation, Camp Middlesex, Janis Bresnahan 5K walk for education.
Dick was a dedicated family man -- the link between all Rakips, near and far. Always one to keep up with relatives as life moved on, "Uncle Dickie" looked after everyone. He could always be counted on to have someone's forwarding address or to connect long-lost relatives as they passed through town. He was also extremely industrious every minute of his life, spending his days improving his home, perfecting his yard, assisting a loved one or neighbor or working in his office. Despite his tough exterior, Dick was very charming and had a tremendously generous heart, coupled with a razor-sharp sense of humor. It was difficult to go anywhere without stopping to chat, always amidst smiles and laughter.
Dick's family would like to thank the staff of the Mass General Hospital for their dedication, diligence and heartfelt care.
RAKIP -- A funeral Mass will be celebrated 11:30 AM Friday, May 17th at St. Mary's Church, 31 Shirley Street, Ayer. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Ayer.
Calling hours are 5-8 Thursday at the T.J. Anderson & Son Funeral Home, 25 Fitchburg Road (Rte 2A) Ayer. Please see www.andersonfuneral.com for additional information.
Memorial contributions may be made to Loaves and Fishes, PO Box 1, Ayer, MA 01432. In lieu of tears, please bring happy thoughts and touching memories to share and celebrate a life well-lived as it was well loved.
Published in Nashoba Publishing on May 24, 2013