Richard O. Duquette
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Norfolk - Richard Oliver Duquette, 86, departed on Tuesday January 7, 2014 at home embraced by his loving family. Richard, son of the late Joseph Philorome and Rose Anne Duquette, was born in Worcester, Massachusetts. A veteran of the U.S. Navy, Army and Air Force, Richard, or "Duke," served honorably through World War II. Following his military career, he worked with Sikorsky Aircraft as a Technical Representative, continuing his global travels. He later retired after 38 years of a career he loved. He happily transitioned to a time he could enjoy his hobbies of gardening, playing cards and watching golf.
His passion for service still evident, Richard was a member of Christ the King Catholic Church in Norfolk where he was a Eucharistic Minister and a member of the Legion of Mary. He steadily volunteered for the sick, addicted, homeless and elderly throughout Hampton Roads. He dedicated himself to family and Christ's message. Even in his writings, Richard strived to promote peace and God's love. We are all blessed for having had him in our lives, and his memory will forever be a source of inspiration.
Richard was preceded in death by brother, Raymond; sister, Irene; sons, Michael and Tommy. Survivors include his wife, Violeta M. Duquette; his sister, Bernadette Lajoie; his children, Stephen, Dawna Chengman, John, Leandra Selah, Rick (II), and Rosette Bednar. He is also survived by fourteen grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, and a multitude of extended family and friends. The family would like to thank the people at Veterans Affairs Palliative Center and those at Compassionate Care Hospice for the exceptional care given to Richard.
Wake service will take place at H.D. Oliver Norfolk Funeral chapel Monday January 13 at 4 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10 a.m. Tuesday, January 14 at Christ the King Catholic Church in Norfolk. Burial service proceeds 12 p.m. at Albert G. Horton, Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery, 5310 Milners Road, Suffolk, Va. 23434. Memorial donations may be made to Norfolk Emergency Shelter Team (NEST) and/or Christ the King Catholic Church 1803 Columbia Ave. Norfolk, Va. 23509. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.hdoliver.com.
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1501 Colonial Avenue Norfolk, VA 23517
Published in The Virginian Pilot on Jan. 10, 2014