HAVERHILL, Mass. - Ronald Wentworth Rich, 75, passed away Dec. 28, 2013, at the Merrimack Valley Hospice House after a long battle with cancer.
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Born Dec. 6, 1938, he was the son of Ernest Rich and Thelma Marsters Rich. He was born, raised and educated in Haverhill.
While still in school he enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve in which he got an honorable discharge in 1957. At the age of 19, he enlisted in the Army from 1957 to 1960 and was stationed in Germany and received an honorable discharge. Upon his returning home he married and started his family in Riverside.
He worked many years for Ma-Com and Corbam as an extruder operator until sickness had him retire in 2012 at the age of 73.
Proud of his community ties he loved reminiscing about the old days of Haverhill. He was a true treasure to know.
An avid reader of newspapers, he was a wealth of information when it came to his sport teams, Red Sox, and Patriots, but the greatest trait was his love and respect for his friends and family. He enjoyed his mini-vacation trips to Las Vegas, Atlantic City and Foxwoods through the years and enjoyed traveling to California and Florida when the opportunity came about.
He was a member of the AMVETS Post 147 and a lifelong member of the Crescent Yacht Club.
Besides leaving his beloved companion of 30 years, Jane LaValley, he leaves two sons, Scott Rich and his wife Andrea of Epping, N.H., and Ronald E. Rich of Hampstead, N.H., two sisters, Brenda Teague of Salem, N.H., Beverly Murphy of Springvale, Maine, brother-in-law Irving Strout of Hampton Falls, N.H., many nieces and nephews, grand nieces, grand nephews and bonus daughters Angela LaValley Mahoney and Stephanie LaValley and many good friends. He will surely be missed by all who knew him.
He was predeceased by his sister Phyllis (Rich) Strout, a brother Kendall L. Rich and his wife Christine and brother-in-law Lynne Teague.
SERVICES: At this time the family would like to thank everyone for their love and support and all the staff at Hospice and the Merrimack Valley Hospice House. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Merrimack Valley Hospice House, 360 North Ave. Haverhill, MA 01830, or the
Friends and family are respectfully invited to attend a memorial service on Saturday at 3 p.m. in the Kevin B. Comeau Funeral Home, 486 Main St. Haverhill. Rich's family will receive guests from 2 p.m. until 3 p.m. prior to the service. Burial is private. Please visit Comeau Funeral Home on Facebook, or www.comeaufuneral.com.
Kevin B Comeau Funeral Home
486 Main St
Haverhill, MA 01830
Published in Union Leader on Jan. 2, 2014