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Richard P. Dufresne, 68

WORCESTER - Richard P. "Rick" Dufresne, 68, of Worcester, died Sunday, April 10, 2016, at the UMass-Memorial Medical Center after a brief illness.

He leaves his wife of 37 years, Carol (McMahon) Dufresne; a son, Richard P. Dufresne Jr. of Worcester; a daughter Nicole Sanphy, her husband Mark Sanphy, and their children Lily and Liam, of Swampscott; a brother, John "Jimmy" Dufresne and his wife Susan of Millbury; a sister-in-law, Jacqueline Dufresne of Worcester, and six nieces and nephews, Marc, Kristen, Joelle, Josh, Sarah and Meaghan. His brother, Edward "Duke" Dufresne, died in 1993.

Rick was born in Worcester, son of Edward Dufresne and Dorothy (Atchue) Dufresne Nicholson, and lived in Worcester all his life. He attended Worcester Boys Trade High School.

Rick was a retired journeyman iron worker and a longtime member and former president of Worcester Local 57 of the International Association of Iron Workers, which is now affiliated with Local 7 in South Boston.

Rick was also a member of the Worcester Lodge of Elks and the Knights of Columbus Alhambra Council, and an associate member of the Main South American Post.

Rick enjoyed fishing, playing cards, gardening and yardwork, and vacations in Maine.

He loved the company of, and will be greatly missed by his family and the many friends that he collected throughout his life. He was especially devoted to his family including his wonderful grandchildren.

Calling hours are Wednesday, April 13, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Athy Memorial Home, 111 Lancaster St., Worcester. The funeral will be held Thursday, April 14, from the funeral home with a Mass at 10 a.m. in Our Lady of the Angels Church, 1222 Main St., Worcester. Burial will be in St. John's Cemetery.

Flowers may be sent or memorial donations are suggested to the Family Center Building Fund, Our Lady of the Angels Church, 1222 Main St., Worcester 01603.

Published in Worcester Telegram & Gazette from Apr. 11 to Apr. 13, 2016.
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