Richard "Dick" Boulanger
1929 - 2014
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Richard "Dick" Boulanger

Richard ("Dick") Boulanger was born in Seattle on March 25, 1929 and passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family on December 24, 2014 in Tacoma, WA.

Family meant everything to Dick, and he treasured the time spent with his family near and far. He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Mary Ann; his four children and their spouses; Theresa (Daniel) Twining, James (Donna) Boulanger, Martha (Joseph) McRoskey, and Margaret (Gavin) O'Brien. In addition, his 20 grandchildren and their spouses were his greatest pride: James (Laura), Anne Marie, Jeffrey (Stephanie), and Paul Twining; Evan (Lauren), Emily (Mark) Manning, and Anna Boulanger; Brian (Stephanie), Richard (Samantha), Gregory (Nicole), Sean, Mark, Mary-Catherine and Michael McRoskey; and Courteney (Brian) Backstrom, Kyle (Wes) Clines, Cassandra, Connor, Megan, and Benjamin O'Brien. He had 9 great-grandchildren: Aiden Boulanger, Jack & Caroline, and Veronica & Evangeline McRoskey, Charles & Lillian Backstrom, and Elizabeth & Abigail Clines. He is survived by his sisters, brothers & their spouses: Joan (Gorman) Donahue, Sharon Boulanger, Lawrence (Arlene) Boulanger. John (Margaret) O'Brien, David (Mena) Boulanger and Mark (Serena) Boulanger. He is preceded in death by his parents, Margaret & Ferdinand, and his brother, Jack Boulanger.

Dick attended Blessed Sacrament grade school, graduated from Seattle Preparatory High School in 1947, and earned a BS in Industrial Engineering from Seattle University in 1954. He proudly served his country in the Navy during the Korean War, and loved his country deeply.

Moving to Tacoma in 1954 he began his work in the fire protection industry, working for Sentry Automatic Sprinkler Company. He later became the President of Sentry and as a Professional Fire Protection Engineer. He was involved in the National Fire Sprinkler Association and served as the Chairman of the Board. He was inducted into the Industry Hall of Fame and received the prestigious "Golden Sprinkler Award".

His deep faith led him to be actively involved in his church as a founding member of St. Charles Borromeo Church. Throughout the years he was passionately devoted to Catholic education and the Archdiocese of Seattle, working with PACE, the Fulcrum Foundation, the Crozier Society, and Catholic Charities. He was a member of the Tacoma Serra Club. He was awarded the St. Robert Bellarmine Award, the Archbishop's Award from both the Crozier Society and the Fulcrum Foundation in recognition of his service in supporting the ongoing mission of Catholic schools, Seminarian formation, and the needs of the Church.

Dick enjoyed traveling and visited far and wide with his wife and many friends and family. His favorite hobby was reading the Wall Street Journal and keeping informed of world events. Always a mechanic at heart, he could fix anything that was broken and was fond of spending time teaching his grandchildren the importance of family, the dignity of honest work and the value of education. He was a man of few words, but led by example. He will be remembered for his gentle presence, his quiet leadership, and his infectious smile.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at 11:00am at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church. A rosary will be prayed Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at 7:00pm also at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church. A reception will follow after the Mass at the church. The family requests memorials in his name to be sent c/o the funeral home for the Fulcrum Foundation, St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School or Bellarmine Preparatory School. You may leave condolences online at Arrangements by Gaffney Funeral Home, 253-572-6003.

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Published in The Seattle Times on Dec. 28, 2014.
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February 23, 2015
Dear Mary Ann and Family,
I just learned of Dick's Passing this morning. I am so sorry for your loss. I really appreciated you and dick being there when my grandmother(Zelda Boulanger)was so sick, and Passed away. So even though I am a bit late if you need anything Mary Ann I am happy to return the favor.
Danielle Everson
January 22, 2015
Dear Mary Ann,
I just read your e-mail and learned of your husband's passing. I am so very sorry and I am thinking of you.
January 2, 2015
Dear Mary Ann and family
I'm so so sorry to hear about the death of Dick. I think to all of you and I have a thought for Margaret, Fernand and Jack, now with Dick.
With Love. Jean-Louis BOULANGER and family
in Mortehan, Belgium
January 2, 2015
Dear Mary Ann and family

I'm so so sorry to hear about the death of Dick .I think of you all and have a thought for Fernand , Margaret and Jack, now with Dick.
I hope 2015 will be a very good year for the family Boulanger.

With Love. Jean-Louis BOULANGER and family in Mortehan, Belgium.
January 2, 2015
January 1, 2015
So sorry to hear this news. Dick was a great friend to my father and I remember your visits to Indy fondly! ~ Eileen Ryan Carroll
Eileen Carroll
January 1, 2015
Sorry sorry to hear this news! Dick was a good friend to my father and I loved his visits to Indy! ~ Eileen Ryan Carroll
Eileen Ryan
December 31, 2014
Dear Family Friends,
So sorry to hear of your Dad's death.
We have many wonderful family memories
of times shared together. Peace and Love
to you all, Mary Kay Taylor
Mary Kay Taylor
December 30, 2014
Boulanger Family
What a ledgen,pleasant,loyal client your dad was
He will be missed by the fire sprinkler industry
Bill Cook
December 30, 2014
Dear Mary Ann and family,
We are very sorry to hear about your loss. May the caring words of family and friends give you some comfort at this difficult time.
Corinne Cossette
December 29, 2014
I am very sorry for your loss. May the God of all comfort be with you during this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort. My heartfelt condolences to the family during this time of sorrow. (1Corinthains 15:26) (Isaiah 61:1,2) Please find peace in knowing that He understands your grief and He cares. 1 Peter 5:6,
December 29, 2014

Keeping you and your family in our prayers. What a legacy your dad has left for future generations.

Scott and Shannon White
Scott White
December 29, 2014
Mary, we were glad you both made it to the Christmas party so we got to see you both and say hi. Our prayers are with you. Anne & Louis Smith
Louis Smith
December 29, 2014
The Boulanger Family:
Dick's spirit will be there among you as you gather to honor his memory.
Ralph & Marlene Riden
December 29, 2014
Much Love to the Boulanger Family !
Mike & Elsa Boulanger
December 28, 2014
Dear Mary Ann,
My heartfelt sympathies to you with the sad loss of my travelling banker! What fun and wonderful memories of our Bellarmine trips together! Prayers and love to all! Carolyn XXOO
December 28, 2014
So sorry for your loss, I am sure Dick is in Heaven with mom, dad and brother.
Barbara Hopke
December 28, 2014
Blessings to your family.
Anna Ragsdale
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