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PORT CHARLOTTE, FL - Richard N. Gadbois, 91, of Port Charlotte, Fla. and formerly Danvers, Mass. passed away December 16, 2017 at the Douglas T. Jacobson Veterans Nursing Home in Port Charlotte, Florida with his family by his side.
Richard was born September 26, 1926 in Beverly. Stationed with the Navy, in Guam, during World War II Richard sustained burns that led to an honorable discharge. Returning to Beverly, he attended Boston University for two years, left to work in the lathing trade, served as President of Local 99 Lathers Union and later retired in 1983 as a Building Inspector for the city of Lynn, Mass.
Richards first date with Janice Tognazzi was on the Fourth of July 1951. They were married on Veterans Day of that year and recently celebrated 66 years of marriage.
He was a man of many hobbies including home improvements, gardening, saxophone playing in his younger years, and sculpting. His unique style for sculpting and political commentary delighted all that viewed his work. His most cherished treasures were his family. During his younger years he provided much support to his siblings. With his own children he delighted in trips to museums and libraries and activities that helped them be creative thinkers. In 1964 he built a camper and made many cross country camping trips with his family. Always thinking ahead of his time, many decades later he remarked that he decided to take long camping trips to get his children away from the television!
After retirement, Richard and Janice moved to Port Charlotte, Florida where he continued to work on his gardening and sculpting skills. Most especially though he loved being a Grampy and enjoyed each moment with his grandchildren.
Richard is survived by his wife, Janice; daughters, Clora Hamilton of Port Charlotte, FL, Karen Gadbois of New Orleans; son, Richard Gadbois of Gloucester, MA; sisters, Beth Turner of Hastings England and sister, Carol Ann Lake-Terrell of Gloucester, MA; grandchildren, Dylan Hamilton, Kelsey Hamilton, Loryn Fiori, Aida Schooler, Sofia Gadbois and Roman Gadbois; three great-grandsons and nieces and nephews that loved him dearly. He was preceded in death by his brother, Donald Gadbois.
Friends and Family are invited to a Celebration of Life on Saturday, January 27, 2018 at 11:30 a.m. in the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington Street, Gloucester. A visitation will be held prior to the service on Saturday from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery, Gloucester. For in lieu of flowers or questions, please contact Rick Gadbois at 978-879-3000. For online condolences, please visit www.greelyfuneralhome.com.
Published on January 19, 2018
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