The Villages, FL — Richard “Dick” Watkins of The Villages, Fla., 70, passed away on July 9, 2014. Dick, son to Leo and Irene (Therrien) Watkins, was born in Methuen. He graduated from Central Catholic High School and then joined the Air Force. He took a bride, June Hamel, on Sept. 6, 1965. He proudly served his country in the Vietnam War and started his career at AT&T where he remained for 25 years.
He obtained his BS in engineering and was an active member of the Knights of Columbus. He was an amazing father of three children, Trisha, Scott, and Jennifer. They resided in Lawrence, Andover, Wappinger Falls, N.Y. and Pelham, N.H. He was a man of great patience, few words, a medical miracle and a hero to all who knew him. He enjoyed golf, playing cards, shuffleboard, playing on his iPad, traveling and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He retired with his wife in Londonderry, N.H. and moved to The Villages, Fla. in 2008 along with many family and friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents, sister, Joanne Sciuto; brother, Roger Watkins, many aunts and uncles, mother and father-in-law, Alfred and Bernadette Hamel. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, June Watkins, The Villages, Fla.; daughter, Trisha (Mike) Fruhbeis, Hampstead, N.H.; son, Scott (Nisha) Watkins, Manchester, N.H.; daughter, Jennifer (Mark) Berard, Oxford, Fla.; seven grandchildren, Ross, Jake, Olivia, Chase, Gavin, Luke and Sarah; brother, Don (Marge) Watkins; sister, Arlene (Ron) Veilleux; sister, Jackie (Bill) Herzog, all of The Villages, Fla.; in laws, Al Scuito, Burlington, Gloria (Jack) Sullivan and Donna (Tom) Boland all residing in The Villages, and many nieces and nephews.
ARRANGEMENTS: Friends and loved ones are invited to call on Sunday, July 20, from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Charles F. Dewhirst Funeral Home, 80 Broadway, Methuen. A funeral Mass will be held the following day, Monday, July 21, at 10 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Church, 12 Main St., Pelham, N.H. A private burial will be held at the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen.
Donations can be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312, in lieu of flowers.
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