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Richard “Dick” Shaw Babson, 81, of Gloucester, husband of Carol N. (Stephanio) Babson, passed away on Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at the Lahey Clinic Hospital in Burlington, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born in Boston on March 27, 1935, the son of the late Clifford Miller, Jr. and Arlene (Shaw) Babson.
As a young man summering at Long Beach, he met the love of his life, Carol Stephanio. They were married in Gloucester on August 31, 1958, where they shared most of their 58 wonderful years together.
Richard graduated from Harvard in 1957. Throughout his career, he held management positions at the Budd Company, Kendall Company, Knomark, Inc., L.T. Industries, and as plant manager at Le Pages in Gloucester. In 1975, he became a partner with his father at Motor Supply, Inc. in Cambridge. Prior to retiring Richard was self-employed as a real estate appraiser, his firm "Fair Appraisals" was based in Gloucester.
Richard was an active member of St Paul’s Lutheran Church, serving as a board member and several time chairman of the annual yard sale. He had a passion for his family and heritage, serving on committees for the Babson family reunions. Living in Lanesville, he relished his status as an honorary Finn, with soliloquies in Finn-Latin. He and Carol found joy in RV adventures traveling around the country, in boating the New England coast with friends and entertaining at their home.
Dick is remembered for his ability to bring a smile to everyone he met. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
He is survived by his wife, Carol Babson of Gloucester; two sons, Mark Babson and his wife, Sandi of Yardley, Pa., Matthew Babson and his wife, Donna of Gloucester; two granddaughters, Stephanie and Victoria Babson of Boston; two sisters, Priscilla Butterfield and her husband, John of Richland, Wash., Martha Babson of Crescent City, Fla. and several nieces, nephews, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.
His funeral service will be held in St. Paul Lutheran Church on Friday, July 1, at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend. There will be no visiting hours.
The burial will be held in Seaside Cemetery, Gloucester.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his name to St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1123 Washington Street, Gloucester, MA 01930, or to a charity of one’s choice.
Arrangements are by the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington Street, Gloucester. For online condolences, please visit www.greelyfuneralhome.com.
Published on  June 27, 2016
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