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FRAMINGHAM: Richard “Dick” Karb, age 92, a longtime resident of Framingham, died February 3rd at the Kathleen Daniels Health Center. He was born in Framingham on July 3, 1923, the son of the late Eustis Russell and Gladys (Doty) Karb. He was married to a farmer’s daughter, a Phi Beta graduate of Duke University and flight attendant for TWA the late Betty (Jackson) Karb

Dick attended Framingham Schools, graduating from Framingham High in 1941. He attended Harvard University, Dartmouth College (as part of the V12 Program), and Boston University School of Law.

His education was interrupted after the attack at Pearl Harbor when he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, serving in China as Adjutant of the 2nd Battalion 1st Marine Division. He also returned to active duty during the Korean Conflict, serving as 2nd Lieutenant Legal Officer with the 1st Marine Air Wing stationed at an airfield in Korea.

With his military service complete, he joined the Law Office of Hilton and Hargraves which later became The Prestigious Framingham firm known as Hargraves, Karb, Wilcox and Galvani.

Dick had been a member of the Framingham Kiwanis Club and Rotary Club Boys Band, he served on the board of Trustees for the Town of Framingham Library, Edgell Grove Cemetery, and was on the Board of Directors at the Framingham Cooperative Bank for many years. In retirement he worked with Habitat for Humanity and Meals on Wheels.

Dick was the longest living member of the Plymouth Church in Framingham, where over the years he served on the church choir, as Superintendent of Sunday School, and also as the church treasurer. He also spent many years with his friends and family, vacationing at Long Beach in Rockport.

He is survived by his three sons, Richard D. Karb, Jr. and wife, Michelle of West Brookfield, Peter J. Karb of Ashland, and William Karb of Ashland; his grandchildren, Maureen Karb Laguarta and husband, Iqui of Hopkinton, Rebecca Cecil-Karb and wife, Claire of Providence, R.I., Hilary Tuscher and Randy Jarvis of Scituate, Megan Karb of Framingham, Jeffrey Karb of New York City, Ryan Karb of Amherst, and Chelsey Karb of Newton. He also leaves his great-grandchildren, Tess Cecil-Karb, Eloise Cecil-Karb, Gabriel Laguarta, and Elliot Jarvis. Also survived by his brother, Alan and his wife, Margaret of Virginia, the late Priscilla Ann (Polly) Karb, a longtime friend, Paula Gange of Stoneham and daughter-in-law, Susan Karb.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his memorial service on Sunday, March 13, at 12:30 p.m. at the Plymouth Congregational Church, U.C.C., 87 Edgell Road, Framingham. Interment will be private in the family lot at the Old Burial Ground, Main Street, Framingham. At the family’s request, there are no funeral home visiting hours. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the Norton Funeral Home, 53 Beech Street, Framingham. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in his memory may be made to the Framingham Heart Study, 73 Mt. Wayte Avenue, Framingham, MA 01702.
Published on  February 27, 2016
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