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CHURCHILL, George Richards "Rick" Jr. Age 74, passed away at home on July 3, 2019. He was born on September 9, 1944, to George and Charlotte Churchill of Cohasset, MA, where he grew up sailing to Minot's light. He graduated from Wesleyan University with a degree in economics in 1966. He served in the Navy during Vietnam and then embarked on long career as a trust officer at various Boston banks, where he became a trusted friend and family fixture to many of his clients.

Most recently, Rick split his time between his beloved little stone house in Charlestown, MA and his rural retreat in Danville, VT, enjoying city and country alike.

Rick was a warm and generous man who was kind in spirit. Quick in wit and a voracious reader, he stayed healthy, knit sweaters for his children, created magical rugs for his grandchildren, and braided many rugs. He supported community and church missions in Boston and Danville and on occasion could be found overbidding at charity auctions. Together with his husband, family, and friends he created many special routines and traditions, and will be remembered for loving those around him with a special steadfast loyalty.

He is survived by husband, Frederick Blair, and by children, Elizabeth Churchill and Ted Fields of Arlington MA, George and Deirdre Churchill of Elmhurst, IL and Jonathan and Amy Churchill of Acton, MA, by his stepchildren Michael and Melissa Blair of Middleton, Brian and Bobbie-Jo Blair of Nahant, and Timothy Blair of Boston, MA, by sister, Cynthia Kelly of Washington D.C., and by grandchildren, Ethan, Elliott, Julian, Maeve, Leo, Tynan, Charlotte, Reed, Michael, Emily, Henry, and Freddie.

An informal service to honor Rick's life will take place at Old South Church in Boston on Wednesday, July 17th, at 12 PM. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center, online or via the MGH Development Office, or to a charity of your choice.

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Published in Boston Globe from Jul. 9 to Jul. 10, 2019.
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July 4, 2020
Sadden to learn this week that Mr. Churchill passed away a year ago. I remember meeting him once back in the early 70's at my grandmother's house. Since that day he was a part of our family as her trust officer until he retired in 2015. I grew up knowing him as Mr. Churchill. To this day I refer to him as Mr. Churchill. Interesting to learn he was only 11 years older than me. It was fun to see his picture. Since we only had a phone friendship being he was on the East Coast and I was on the West Coast, I never knew what he looked like. Now I do! One of my fondest sayings of his was Did I say that? His humor and kindness will be missed!

Martha, Allyn, WA
July 25, 2019
I have known Rick since I was a little girl. His humorous spirit was contagious. All in our family (three generations) felt he was family. He is kind, thoughtful, generous, funny, smart, loved his long hair back in the day !! Rick will be missed by all who knew him. All in our family send our wishes for comfort to all in his family.
KAthi Neuss
July 20, 2019
Rick will be dearly missed. He was a great man with a sense of humor and intelligence that was a marvel to behold.Before the days of instantaneous internet searches he was a person who always seemed to know the answer to any question. We will all carry his memory and spirit with us in our hearts.
Michael Blair
July 11, 2019
NICK Pappas
July 11, 2019
July 11, 2019
I haven't known Rick and Fred very long but even in this short time I admired their friendship with each other. You can love someone with all your heart but its being friends that sets the stone in a relationship and marriage. Rick's smile was genuine and always comforted me and I wish that when you think of Rick, you remember his smile, and you will smile too. Sincere sympathy, Rosemary/St. Johnsbury, VT
July 10, 2019
The first time I met Rick, he and Fred were either picking up or dropping off their dog and I liked him right away. Good I thought, this is good. I am so very sorry to hear of his passing may your memories soften your grief Fred.
Patti Collins
July 10, 2019
I have know Rick for almost 14 years. He was a caring,generous,helpful person and friend. I will never forget when he and Fred took me to get my eyeglasses when I had shattered my knee cap.My condolences and prayers to Fred and family.Rest in peace Rick. You will be missed. Hugs Fred!Love Lucia D.
July 10, 2019
Bill Bruneau
July 10, 2019

My heart felt condolences. You, Rick, and family are in our prayers.

God Bless,

Bill Bruneau
July 10, 2019
Rick was a wonderful person. I loved his subtle humor and he had a great laugh I'll remember forever. Rest in peace dear Rick. Your life enriched all of ours.
Stacey Dumas
July 10, 2019
I am so sorry for the families loss.May the families draw strength from the God and father who comfort, strengthens and soothed us during these difficult sincere condolences to the families and friends.Psalms 94:19. GP
July 9, 2019
Rick was a good man who loved his partner and his family dearly and took outstanding care of his clients at work. God bless him and may He rest in peace.
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