Joseph RichApril 5, 2017
Rich, Joseph C.
94, of Medford passed away peacefully Wed. April 5, 2017 at the V.A. Hospice in Bedford, MA. He was the devoted & loving husband of 68 years to his late wife, Rita, and father to his sons, Joseph M. & wife Marie of Maryland, James & his spouse Edward, Anthony & his husband Sam, and his daughter Janet & her husband Ted; grandfather to Janine, Terri, & Matt and great-grandfather to Ryan, Kasey Rose, and Matthew of Maryland. Born in Charlestown and raised there and in Somerville, Joe recalled, as a young boy, riding alongside his father in a horse-drawn cart hauling produce, ice-skating in Foss Park, and meeting a young girl who caught his eye there. That was the time for baseball, swing music, and wooing that girl.
He served in the South Pacific during WWII as an advance scout for the Army in operations in New Guinea & the liberation of the Philippines. Upon his return from the war Joe married his childhood sweetheart, Rita and then off they drove on the Old Road to the Cape, with Mom at the wheel as Joe did not yet have his license, to their Hyannis honeymoon cottage. Dad and Mom settled in Somerville on Ten Hills to raise their family. He was an active parishioner at St. Polycarp’s and later, with the family moving to Medford, at St. Joseph’s. He worked at first with his in-laws family marble & terrazzo business, then in banking, and finally the Postal Service. Joe retired and took delight in tending to his flower gardens and, as Rita’s health declined, caring tenderly for her.
With a twinkle in his eyes, kindness in his heart, and generous to a fault Joe was an engaging presence to all he met. He was blessed with a quick and irreverent Irish wit, enjoyed telling jokes both good and bad, (“Jeez, Dad, not that one again”). His family was the focus of all his love and he took great pride in the accomplishments of his great grandkids.
Our thoughts will be of Joe & Rita strolling down to the “Square” arm in arm, looking like the duke and duchess, but really just heading to Dunky’s for coffee and singing:
“You're gonna love me, like nobody's loved me, Come rain or come shine
We'll be happy together, unhappy together. Now won't that be just fine
The days may be cloudy or sunny. We’re in or out of the money.
But I'm with you always; I’m with you rain or shine”
Relatives and friends are invited to attend visiting hours from 4:00 to 7:00 on Sunday, April 9 at the Gaffey Funeral Home 43 High St. MEDFORD. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Raphael’s Church, 512 High St., Medford on Monday, April 10, at 11:00am. Interment at Oak Grove Cemetery, MEDFORD