Dover, NH — Richard J. Theberge, 76, of Dover, passed away on December 14, 2013, at the Hyder House in Dover, N.H., after a lengthy illness.
Born and raised in Lawrence, Mass., he was the son of the late Ernest and Leona (Paquet) Theberge. He was a graduate of Central Catholic High School, Class of 1955, and attended Merrimac College. Richard served his country in the Naval Reserve during the Korean War and several years after it.
He spent many years as a health care administrator, working at Lahey Clinic and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.
Richard was very fond of searching for and purchasing antique articles at a bargain prices. He was very proud of the fact the he could recognized quality items, and often resold them at a higher price. Richard was active in the real estate industry in New Hampshire and Massachusetts.
His passion in life was Contract Bridge. Richard reached the highest level in that endeavor as a Life Master. No matter where he spent his time, he always looked to see if somebody needed a partner for bridge. He had a certain knack for the game. Richard loved music and sang in the choir at South Church in Portsmouth, N.H. Richard had a quick wit and laughed easily. He loved to tell a story.
Richard was a world traveler, and traveled to all the major cities of Europe, and the city of Istanbul was a favorite, as well as the pyramids along the Nile. Gretchen Williams and Karen Kozlowski were often his travel companions.
Richard came from a large family, and was predeceased by his older sister, Doris Ford (Robert) of Fairfield Conn;, a brother and sister-in-law, Raymond and Claire (Norman) Theberge; and a younger sister, Linda Connelly (Michael). He also leaves a brother, Roland and Joan (Mallon)of Hudson, N.H.; three sisters, Fern Goulet (Joseph) of Apollo Beach, Fla., Carol and Norman Cruickshank of Ward Hill Mass., and Jo-Ann and Emilio Troisi of Winthrop, Mass. He also leaves 22 nephews and nieces, whom he loved dearly, and always enjoyed hearing what was going on in their lives. Richard had many good friends who will miss him.
ARRANGEMENTS: A memorial service celebrating Richard’s life will be held on Friday, December 27, at 3:30 p.m., at South Church, 292 State Street, Portsmouth, N.H. Per Richard’s request, no flowers, or donations.