We are deeply saddened to have heard of the death of Senior Deacon Richard F. Radford, ’88, who passed to the Lord on May 19, 2019 in Florida. The funeral arrangements are as follow:
Funeral Mass: Wednesday, June 19, 2019 11:00 AM
Saint Vincent DePaul Church
5323 E CR462
Wildwood, FL 34785
Condolences: Lynne Radford (wife)
707 Santa Fe Street
The Villages, Florida 32162
Interment: Florida National Cemetery
In Memory of
Richard Francis Radford Jr.
February 15, 1939 - May 19, 2019
Rev. Dr. Richard Francis "Deacon" Radford ,80, journeyed peacefully to be with his Lord and Savior May 19, 2019 at Cornerstone Hospice surrounded and comforted by his loving family. Born February 15, 1939 in Boston, MA, Richard lived the majority of his storied life in Brookline, MA. He graduated from Stoneham MA High School in 1956 and served in the US Army 1959-65 as a German/French interpreter, Army newspaper editor, and founded a battalion golf team. He met his soulmate and helpmate ("Saint") Lynne in 1962 and they married in 1966. Richard graduated with honors in English from Boston State College and held degrees (M.Ed.Ed.D) from UMASS Amherst--all obtained nights and weekend; thus St. Lynne.
A widely-published poet and author of several fiction and non-fiction books, Deacon Dick, with the blessing of his family, later turned to running a homeless shelter for street people, another for women and children, and a half-way house for men coming out of prison. He also served as a Chaplain in a women's prison and was an LSW and Addictions Counselor. He was also a proud and active member of American Legion Post 347.
In 1988 Richard was ordained a Catholic Deacon after post-graduate work at St. John's Seminary, Boston MA. He served as a faithful Deacon at St. Mary of the Assumption Church in Brookline, MA for 20+ years, and upon relocating to The Villages, FL, served as Deacon at St. Vincent de Paul's, Wildwood, FL.
Richard enjoyed playing golf, listening to beautiful music, telling astonishing stories, spending precious time with his family and friends, and enjoying the serenity of his cottage at Sebago Lake Maine. He is survived by his loving wife and best friend, Lynne, his adoring children Amy and Richard III (Emily Reale), his grandchildren Nora and Deacon, brothers David (Carol) and Gerard, and a multitude of other family and friends.
A funeral mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on June 19 at St. Vincent de Paul church, followed by interment at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Jude Childrens Hosp., Cornerstone Hospice, or a charity of your choosing.
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