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Richard A. "Richie" DiRaffaele

Richard A. "Richie" DiRaffaele
  • June 29, 1933 - December 22, 2019
  • Melrose, Massachusetts
  • In lieu of flowers, the DiRafaele family suggests memorial contributions be made to:)
  • Quanapowitt Yacht Club
    Attn. Youth Sailing Program
    P.O. Box 1744
    Wakefield, ME 01880

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“Joy, Debbie and Family,So sorry to learn about Richie's passing. I remember when we were growing up, he helped our Dad build a skating rink on the...Read More »
1 of 9 | Posted by: Susan Carpenter - New Windsor, NY

“Such a good man! So glad my mom & dad were good friends with Connie & Richie! I have great memories of hanging with the DiRaffaele kids while our...Read More »
2 of 9 | Posted by: David Ross - Friend

“Joy, Debbie, Peter and Lynda.....A light has gone out on Mt. Vernon Avenue. I can never remember a time without a DiRaffaele family member here. Mr...Read More »
3 of 9 | Posted by: Katy Kennedy - Melrose, MA

“Deb, Joy & Family: So sorry for the loss of your Dad, remember him and your Mom at the rear if St. Mary's at Mass. Hold on to all the memories,...Read More »
4 of 9 | Posted by: Joanne & Bill Kelly - Melrose, MA

“Sincere condolences to Rich's family. I grew up in the same neighborhood with Rich and your uncle Bob; always saw your beautiful Mom and Dad at St....Read More »
5 of 9 | Posted by: Marie ryan - Melrose, MA - Friend

“Though our words can do little, we hope our thoughts and prayers can support you during this time. May he rest in peace. ”
6 of 9 | Posted by: Angela and Tina Bonzagni - MA

“Dear Joy,Debbie,Peter and Lynda Iam so sorry for your loss.Joy as you stated yesterday your parents are united again.They were such a loving couple....Read More »
7 of 9 | Posted by: Joanne Ball - Melrose, MA

“Deb and family, so sorry for your loss. I remember him well, whether it was watching figure skating or waiting on him and your Mom at Friendly's. A...Read More »
8 of 9 | Posted by: Joanne Giggie Johansson - Melrose, MA

“Uncle Richie was a wonderful man. I'm happy he'll join his beautiful wife in heaven, along with some other great souls! I love you Uncle Richie and...Read More »
9 of 9 | Posted by: Jeanne Lachance - Belgrade, ME


Richard A. "Richie" DiRaffaele died at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital on December 22, 2019 surrounded by his family. . He was 86 years of age. Richard was born in Somerville to the late Francesco & Anna (Carra) DiRaffaele, was raised in Melrose, graduated from Melrose High School and was a lifelong resident. Mr. DiRaffaele was a decorated war veteran and served his country with pride in the US Army during the Korean War.

Richie was an operating engineer for the Local #4 Union for 33 years, retiring in 1988. He was a gifted mechanic who could fix anything from cars to vacuum cleaners. Richie used his talents to build a Roadster and hand made numerous quarter scale replica sailboats and power boats with working engines and remote controls, his wife Connie would also help making & stitching the sails for the boats. Mr. & Mrs. DiRaffaele were longtime members of the Quannapowitt Yacht Club in Wakefield, where they enjoyed sailing and racing in their O'Day sailboat and were very involved at the club over the years. Richard still enjoyed his "Captains Meeting", having lunch with his friends on Wednesdays at the club.

Richie also had a love for hockey, coached Melrose Youth Hockey and played hockey for many years in the Melrose Elks Hockey League. He and his late wife Connie loved taking trips to Bermuda, traveling to Aruba and spending time on Lake Winnipesaukee and they were both longtime members of St. Mary's Church in Melrose. But above all else he loved spending time with his children and grandchildren.

Richie was the beloved husband of the late Constance R. "Connie" (MacNevin) DiRaffaele. Loving father of Joy A. Bowie of North Reading, Deborah DiRaffaele of Wakefield, Peter DiRaffaele & his wife May of Melrose and Lynda O'Connell & her husband Tim of Melrose. ... READ MORE →