Richard was born and raised in Somerville, son of the late Lawrence and Verna (Ross) Thibeault. He was a veteran of the Korean War, serving in the U.S. Coast Guard from 1951 until being honorably discharged in 1954. He was an accomplished chef for many years at Boston University and later was employed as a chef at the Raytheon Company cafeteria in Marlborough.
Richard took great pride in his career as a chef, and enjoyed the many summers he spent as a chef at the Adams Pond Boy Scout Camp in New Hampshire. He enjoyed spending time with family, and especially looked forward to attending his children's sporting events throughout their youth and high school careers.
He was a member of the Hudson Lodge of Elks and member of Saint Michael's Parish in Hudson.
Besides his wife, he is survived by his children, James Thibeault of Marlborough, Joni Turner and her husband Paul of Webster, Mark Thibeault and his wife Donna of Hudson, and Matthew Thibeault of Webster. He is also survived by his two sisters, Annette Vinning and her husband Charles of Medford and Jane Reid of North Carlona; his five loving grandchildren, Elizabeth, Shawn and Ryan Turner, Gregory and Melanie Thibeault; his great-grandson, Kaden Romanik, and many nieces and nephews.
A service and celebration of Richard's life was held Jan. 14 at the Tighe-Hamilton Funeral Home of Hudson, with burial at Saint Michael's Cemetery in Hudson.