Hudson – Richard J. Morreale of Hudson passed away peacefully Satruday, Feb. 8, 2014, surrounded by his loving family, after a short illness. He was 78 years old. He was a resident of Hudson for 41 years.
He leaves behind his wife, Norma J (Hedrick) Morreale. Also, he leaves his daughter, Cheryl A. (Morreale) Leeber and her husband Carl J. Leeber of Hudson. He was the father of the late Brenda C. Morreale, who passed away recently (Nov. 23, 2013). He is survived by his grandchildren, Victoria Budge and her fiancé Nathan of Bangor, Maine; Nicole Budge and her fiancé Scott of Hermon, Maine; and Rebecca Leeber and her significant other Dylan Chaves of Hudson. He is also survived by grandchildren Rose and Joseph Leeber of Hudson, and his great-grandchildren, Aubriana, Zackary and Alex, all of Maine. He was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Hope A. Budge, in 1988. He was happily awaiting the arrival of a grandson in the spring 2014. He is survived by three sisters, Ada Byrden of Marlborough, Dorothy Hedrick of Hudson, and Charlotte Sasser of MS, and two brothers, Charles Morreale and his wife Ruth of Hudson and Fred Morreale of Maynard. He was the brother of the late Edward Morreale and his late wife Kay of Waltham. He is also survived by a brother-in-law, Edward E. Hedrick and his wife Peggy of Marlborough. He also leaves many brother- and sister-in-laws and nieces and nephews throughout the United States.
Richard was born Aug. 20, 1935 in Waltham, son of the late Charles and Ada (Ferranti) Morreale. He was raised in Weston and Waltham and moved to Hudson in 1972. He attended trade school in Waltham and worked for Charles Precourt and Sons for 43 years as a stone cutter.
He was a longtime member of the Moose Lodge in Marlborough and member of Saint Michael's Parish in Hudson.
Richard was an avid gardener and he enjoyed sharing the “veggies” with family and friends. He enjoyed his daily trips to Honey Dew Donuts in Hudson, having coffee and donuts with friends and staff and also with his friends in Sudbury. He enjoyed spending time with family and looked forward to spaghetti dinners on Wednesdays and family dinners on Sundays. He will be deeply missed by his family and close friends and all that knew and loved him.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated Thursday, Feb. 13, at 9:00 a.m., in Saint Michael's Church, 21 Manning St., Hudson. Burial will follow in Forestvale Cemetery of Hudson. Family and friends may attend calling hours Wednesday, Feb. 12, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., at the Tighe-Hamilton Funeral Home, 50 Central St., Hudson.