Santa Fe, NM — Richard Robert Lemieux, 77, passed into the mysteries of death on May 1, 2014, in Santa Fe, N.M., after an 8-year struggle with Parkinson’s disease. A native of Ipswich, Mass., he was born on June 6, 1936, and was the son of the late Emma Richard Lemieux and the late Arthur Jacques Lemieux.
After high school, he spent four years in the U.S. Navy as a radio man on the aircraft carrier, U.S.S. Tarawa. Returning home, he married Cynthia Sklarz, late of Ipswich. In 1998, he married Natalie Gundrey Delvaille in Reading, Mass.
He was the father of Michele Lemieux of Salisbury, N.H., and Derek Lemieux of Brattleboro, Vt.; and stepfather of Christopher Delvaille of Colorado Springs, Colo. Richard had six grandchildren, Tiffany Lemieux of Lynn, Mass., Evangeline and Naomi Lemieux of Hilo, Hawaii, and Ashleigh, Ariella and Aaron Delvaille of Colorado Springs. His sisters and brothers include Claire Plouff of Littleton, Colo., Paul Lemieux and Rene Costoplus of Ipswich, Mass., and the late Beatrice LaRochelle.
Richard excelled in sports as a young man as captain of his high school baseball team, coach of the Ipswich Girls’ Softball Team, and a lifelong fan of the Boston Red Sox. In Santa Fe, he was a member of Red Sox Nation, a well-known volunteer at the Santa Fe Farmers’ Market, and an active member of the Church of Antioch. He had an avid interest in horseback riding, especially at the Broken Saddle Riding Co. in Cerillo, N.M. When his illness prevented him from riding, he greeted guests there with his typical humor and cordiality.
Deepest thanks go to the many people who cared so ably and sympathetically for Richard at the Kingston Residence in Santa Fe, and to the knowledgeable and compassionate participants in the Ambercare Hospice Program.