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Obituary: Richard Gaudette

Published in Worcester Telegram & Gazette, July 30, 2015

Northborough – Richard “Rick” H. Gaudette passed away on July 28, 2015 with the grateful support of Salmon Hospice Care and the Staff at Beaumont of Westborough. His beloved wife Irene M. (Soares) Gaudette died in 2007 after 45 years of marriage. He was born December 29, 1928 in Fall River MA and moved to Northborough in 1966. He leaves his son Michael and his wife Laurie and two grandchildren Heather and Daniel all of Northborough. He is also survived by his brother Robert of Ft. Myers FL, and his sister Marie Carberry of Portsmouth RI. His brothers Edward and Leo predeceased him.

He enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard in 1949, and was honorably discharged in 1962 as a Hospital Corpsman 1st Class. In 1955 he was selected to take part in the historic geophysical exploration and establishment of scientific research facilities on the Antarctic Continent designated “Operation Deepfreeze I”. Upon returning to the Boston area, he worked at Tufts University Dental School in Boston and Astra Pharmaceutical Corporation in Worcester as a Statistician. After retiring, he traveled extensively throughout the U.S. with his wife and friends. In his later years he became a member of Grace Baptist Church in Shrewsbury MA and enjoyed volunteering his time.

There will be no calling hours. A memorial service celebrating his life will held on Saturday August 1, 2015 at 11:00am at Grace Baptist Church 10 Stanley Road Shrewsbury MA. Burial will be private at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Compassionate Care ALS of Falmouth MA at CCALS.or. Hays Funeral Home of Northborough is assisting the Gaudette family with arrangements.To share a memory or to leave an online condolence, please visit