Haverhill, MA — Richard James Winmill, 64, local impressionist artist, passed away Friday morning, June 28, at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston surrounded by family and friends.
Born in Haverhill on June 11, 1949, he was the son of the late Richard J. P. and Dorothy L. (Higgins) Winmill. He was a graduate of Haverhill High School and had attended the University of Arizona and Pima Community College, both in Tucson, as well as Northern Essex Community College in Haverhill.
He served with the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War from July 15, 1968, until his honorable discharge on July 1, 1970, and was a life member of the Amvets.
For many years Richard worked at Foss Manufacturing in Seabrook.
Richard was a contemporary impressionist landscape painter with works in private collections ranging from Maine to Hawaii. He received numerous awards and notoriety, including the Ruth E. Hunkin Award, Best in Show 1996, and a grant from the Massachusetts Council of the Continual Arts in 1999. He always considered himself fortunate to live in an area that offers such great subject matter, from the diverse architecture to the mountains and the ocean, and he featured many Haverhill landmarks in his paintings.
He also loved music, especially playing guitar. It was the joy from spending time with family and friends who gave him such encouragement throughout his life that meant the most to him.
His surviving family includes his sister, Susan P. Winmill and her companion, John Bowe of Haverhill; aunts, Gertrude Wolfe and Marion Winmill; his uncle, Donald Higgins and wife, Pauline; nieces and nephews and their families, William Higgins and wife, Charlene, Donald Higgins and wife, Louann, Brian Higgins, Lynne Higgins, Nancy Muise and husband, John, William Winmill and wife, Kathleen, Robert Winmill and wife, Linda, and John Winmill and wife, Helen; along with many dear friends, including special friend, Donna Soucy, who was very helpful caring for Richard during his illness.
ARRANGEMENTS: Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday, July 3, from 9 to 11 a.m., at Paul C. Rogers-Scatamacchia Funeral Home, 334 Main St., Haverhill, immediately followed by services at the funeral home with burial in Walnut Cemetery, Haverhill. Online condolences may be made to www.paulcrogers.com.