Richard John lammarino, 76, passed away peacefully in his home, surrounded by his loving family on Tuesday, January 16, 2024, after a courageous battle with cancer.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Barbara C. (Joyce) lammarino, of Westminster, his daughter Amy (lammarino) Luoto and her husband Kristopher, of Hudson; his two grandsons Andrew and Cameron; his late sister, Christine Boulay and her husband Paul Boulay of Gardner; his two nephews Jason Boulay and wife Kristine of Hereford, Arizona, and Brian Taylor of St. Charles Missouri; his five nieces, Beth Taylor of Springfield, Kimberly Ferreira of Fitchburg, Nicole Gale and husband Chris, of Summerfield, North Carolina, Tara Grenier and husband Shane, of Gardner, Erin Huard and husband Sean of Manchester, New Hampshire; his eleven great nephews Nathan, Adam, Ryan, Alexander, Benjamin, Tony, Zachary, Ryan, Shane, Connor and Peter; and his four great nieces Sidney, Amber, Laney, Samantha and Skylar.
Born in Newton, MA on December 31, 1947, Richard was the son of the late John and Assunta (Teldoldi) lammarino. After graduating from Everett High School in 1966, Richard attended Northeastern University and then went on to join the United States Marine Corp where he served as part of the Boston Marines Honor Guard.
Proud to have served his country, Richard later pursued different professions, showcasing his ability to excel in a variety of fields including engineering, sales, and management. Ever the adventurer, he also felt at home on the racetrack as a thoroughbred horse jockey and trainer in his youth.
While his professional life was rewarding, allowing him to travel and explore new challenges, his favorite place was in the warm embrace and presence of his family and close-knit circle of friends. Together they built up countless memories over the many summers spent in Maine and traveling all over the country with his two grandsons for soccer and ice hockey.
A born entertainer, Richard loved to cook and host his annual Christmas Eve Open House, where he served an Italian feast for his loved ones and friends. His famous antipasto was something the crowd always looked forward to on that night, second only to his annual reading of ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas.
With a social circle that seemed to expand every year, Richard welcomed everyone around him into his life and home with open arms, unparalleled kindness, and unmatched sincerity.
Although known for his warmth and generous spirit, Richard’s heart belonged to the two loves of his life – his wife Barbara and his daughter Amy. The apple of his eye, Amy, will always remember the times he was overwhelmed with pride over her accomplishments in life and throughout her gymnastics career.
Barbara, his wife of 52 years, was by his side through most of his life, not only happy to share in the glow of his warmth, but also honored to give him the support he needed to leave this world knowing that he was loved and cherished.
Friends and family are welcome to say a final good-bye to Richard at Mack Funeral Home, 105 Central St., Gardner, MA on Thursday, January 25, 2024 from 4pm-7pm.
The Funeral will be held on Friday, January 26, 2024 at 3pm at the Massachusetts Veterans Memorial Cemetery located at 111 Glenallen St., Winchendon, MA.
Following the Funeral Service, all family and friends are welcome to attend Richard’s Celebration of Life gathering, to be held at the home of Jason and Heather Mullane, 9 Whitman Trail, Westminster, MA.
In Lieu of flowers, the family is asking donations to be made, in memory of Richard Iammarino, to the American Cancer Society at donate.cancer.org.