Richard D. ‘Richie’ Sevier

June 21, 2015

Richard D. ‘Richie’ Sevier
U.S. Veteran

US Army

RICHARD D. “RICHIE” SEVIER – of Wilmington, Sunday, June 21st. Beloved husband of Barbara A. (Rodrigues) Sevier. Devoted father of Kirk R. Sevier and his wife Shannon Gately-Sevier of Woburn, Nicole M. Cossette and her husband Timothy of NH, Alicia M. Faulkner of NM, Rachel N. Faulkner of Dorchester, Megan R. Faulkner of Wilmington, and the late Michael R. Sevier and Michelle Sevier-Lanni. Cherished grandfather of Joey, Kristin, Joseph, Tori, Kassie, Shayne, Alex, Bella, and Luke. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to call at the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Thursday, June 25th from 4 to 8 p.m. Military Honors will be rendered in the Funeral Home at 8 p.m. Interment is private. Remembrances may be made in Richie’s memory to Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301.

OBITUARY:

Richard D. “Richie” Sevier of Wilmington, MA died on Sunday June 21 after a courageous battle with several serious health issues. Richie was the beloved husband of Barbara A. (Rodrigues) Sevier. Devoted father of Kirk R. Sevier and his wife Shannon Gately-Sevier of Woburn, Nicole M. Cossette and her husband Timothy of NH, Alicia M. Faulkner of NM, Rachel N. Faulkner of Dorchester, Megan R. Faulkner of Wilmington, and the late Michael R. Sevier and Michelle Sevier-Lanni. Cherished grandfather of Joey, Kristin, Joseph, Tori, Kassie, Shayne, Alex, Bella, and Luke.

He will also be missed by so many friends and family members whose hearts he touched during the many chapters of his storied life, including his former wife Patti (Peters) Sevier and her large extended family.

Richie was born in 1941 in West Medford, MA, to Thomas Sevier and Lucille Govoni Sevier. Richie was an only child who lost both of his parents at a young age. He was making his way in the world alone, by the age of sixteen. This gave Richie the fighting spirit that kept him strong and resilient until the very end. Richie’s deepest desire was to spend as much time as possible with his loved-ones, and after being diagnosed with terminal illness, he followed all precautions to stay around for as long as possible.

From 1960 to 1966 Richie served in the US army. After that he worked his entire life, until he was finally advised by his doctors to focus on his health. Richie owned and ran several businesses, including “Newtowne Foodmart,” in Charlestown, MA and “Movies and More” in Woburn, MA. He also worked in varied and diverse jobs over his lifetime. He was a florist, a bartender, a pharmacy tech, and he worked in a funeral home. His final career path led him to selling pools and hot tubs. This was a natural fit, as he had maintained the most perfect pool in Woburn, MA for many years, thus earning the name, “Papa Hot Tub.”

Richie was an avid Patriot’s fan and looked forward to watching games with his wife Barbara during football season. He loved to play cards, go hunting and fishing and read interesting non-fiction, especially history books. Richie loved his time in the sun and enjoyed many tropical vacations with his family in Aruba. Perhaps his greatest passion was flying and he piloted small aircraft in his early years, also encouraging younger family members to share his interest.

Richie was a devoted father. His parenting style was to support his children in making their own decisions, regardless of whether he agreed with their choices or not. He was short on judgment and big on forgiveness. He allowed his children the freedom to become their unique selves and loved them all unconditionally. This love never stopped and most recently came in the form of him using a Walkie-Talkie to communicate with his youngest daughter when he couldn’t be by her side. His fatherly love also extended to the many cousins, friends and neighborhood children who enjoyed spending time at Richie’s home.

In addition, Richie was a consummate host. He loved people and he loved a party. All were welcome. Richie had a magnetic personality that drew others to him. His voice was unmistakable with a radio-quality depth and generous laugh. Richie loved finding ways to help others and went to great lengths to get the best deals for those he helped. He was an awesome dancer who enjoyed doo-wop, The Beach Boys and Neil Diamond, but was also known to cut-the-rug to with his grand daughters, singing along to “…apple bottom jeans…” This attraction even manifests itself in his connection with animals. He had no shortage of furry friends.

Richie will always be remembered for the intellectual curiosity he displayed, his fighting spirit, which included a strong belief in self-determination and not blaming others for one’s circumstances. He accepted responsibility for his choices and made the most of life’s ups and downs. Each day was a new chance to see the wonder of life and experience the power of special relationships. Every conversation with Richie included his reality…”It’s a beautiful thing.”

Relatives and friends are kindly invited to call at the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Thursday, June 25th from 4 to 8 p.m. Military Honors will be rendered in the Funeral Home at 8 p.m. Interment is private. Remembrances may be made in Richie’s memory to Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301.

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  1. I was saddened to read this upon my return from vacation. I worked for Richie for many years at the Movies and More video store. We had common that we both had deep roots in Charlestown. He will be missed. My sincere condolences to Kirk and Nicole and their respective families. Tricia Maguire

  2. I knew Richie thru my older brother John Camuso
    who was a friend of Richies growning up in west medford. I was younger but still remember some of the crazy things they did together. I remember a camping trip they took once and hearing about it foe years later. Richie was a great guy who my brother ( who passed away a while back) always spoke of with a smile. Sorry again for your loss.
    Arthur Camuso

  3. John Coleman Charlestown, mass.

    Sorry to hear of Richie’s passing .I knew him during his bartending days and would occasionally bump into him. He was a good guy and he’ll be missed

  4. To Richies loved ones,

    I was so sorry to hear of his death.
    Richie touched many lives and will always be in your hearts and memories.
    With deepest sympathy.

    Sharon Davey and family

  5. Sevier family,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. The ones we love are never gone. They live within our hearts. May you know peace and comfort.

    God bless,

    The Culhanes

  6. Sevier family:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. The ones we love are never gone but live within our hearts. May you know peace and comfort.

    Love,
    Charlene and Kevin Cugno xoxo

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