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Richard F. "Richie" LaRocque

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“Dear Sheila and Family,I am SO sorry to learn of Richie's passing, and offer my sincerest sympathy. Sometimes it feels like you still live next door....Read More »
1 of 11 | Posted by: Randy Huber - Melrose, MA

“Sheila, Michelle and Family,I am so sorry for your loss. Richie and my father were good friends and I feel so lucky that they both had daughters...Read More »
2 of 11 | Posted by: Barbara O'Hearn - Saugus, MA

“Sheila and Michelle,So sorry to hear of your loss. I so many good memories of us staying up all night playing cards and having a good time. Keeping...Read More »
3 of 11 | Posted by: Tina Schiavone - Wakefield, MA

“Very sorry to hear of your loss. You are on our thoughts and prayers. Cathy and Joe ”
4 of 11 | Posted by: Cathy Grassello - Wakefield, MA

“So sorry to hear of Richard's passing. All my love and sympathy. You sister-in-law, Helen. ”
5 of 11 | Posted by: Helen Harris - Stoneham, MA

“Miss SheilaI'm so sorry to hear about Richie. Words can not express.Please know I'm thinking of you and the family.Love you,Diana ”
6 of 11 | Posted by: Diana Farnham - Billerica, MA

“Many good memories of all the Larocque brothers.Rip Richie. ”
7 of 11 | Posted by: Paul Monbouquette - NOKOMIS, FL

“Rip my friend ”
8 of 11 | Posted by: Rich Filosi - Bedford, MA

“Dear Sheila and Michelle,Words can't possibly describe my feelings of sorrow for your loss. We share so many wonderful memories along with the love...Read More »
9 of 11 | Posted by: Alice Santarlasci

“Richie,It was so difficult to say good-bye to you. Knowing that you are now at peace brings me comfort.I will always have you in my heart. You were...Read More »
10 of 11 | Posted by: Sheila LaRocque - Peabody, MA

“The Gately Family and Staff wish to express our sincere sympathy to you. It is our hope that we may be able to make a difficult time more bearable....Read More »
11 of 11 | Posted by: John W. Gately, John H. Gately & Fred Sprague


Richard F. "Richie" LaRocque, of Peabody, died at the Sawtelle Family Hospice House on Oct. 6, 2018 at the age of 71. Richie was born in Cambridge, raised in Somerville and attended Somerville High School. After high school, Richie proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He resided in Somerville for many years, Melrose for 36 years and Peabody for the last 5 years. Richie worked as an Employees Committee Representative for the Polaroid Corporation for over 30 years before his retirement in 1999. He enjoyed playing cards every week with his friends, traveling to Aruba and family trips to Lake Winnipesaukee. Richie loved "oldies music", going to Foxwoods and was an avid Boston sports fan. He enjoyed cooking, playing cribbage and going out for dinner & dancing with friends. Richie was the beloved husband of Sheila M. (Squires) LaRocque for 47 years. Loving father of Michelle Connolly & her husband Christopher of Peabody. Cherished grandfather of Steven Mustone and Tyler & Logan Connolly, all of Peabody. Caring brother of Patricia Wright & her late husband Robert of Stoneham, Robert LaRocque of Yarmouthport, Lawrence LaRocque, Lorraine LeBlanc, both of Stoneham. Dear friend of Gerry Murray of NH. Also survived by nephews, nieces, relatives & friends. Visiting hours will be held at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St., Melrose on Monday, Oct. 15th from 4-7PM. A Funeral Service will be held at the Gately Funeral Home on Tuesday, Oct. 16th, 2018 at 10AM. Relatives & friends respectfully invited to attend. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Pl., Memphis, TN 38105.