Richard A. Clapp, 88, of Shrewsbury


Obit Richard ClappShrewsbury – Richard A. “Dick” Clapp, 88, of Shrewsbury, passed away Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015 at the Beaumont Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Westborough. He was the husband of Gerda (Feuchtinger) Clapp.

Born in Worcester, he was the son of the late Leon and Ethel (McClain) Clapp. He was educated in Westborough schools and was a 1944 graduate of Westborough High School. He also attended Wentworth Institute, Worcester Junior College and earned a bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University. During WWII, he served with the U. S. Army Air Corps.

Dick was employed as a design engineer for ITECH in Lexington prior to his retirement.

He was a member of the Congregational Church of Westborough and Siloam Lodge AF & AM, a former scout master for Troop 100, and a member of the swing band “Esquires.” He also enjoyed traveling, gardening, bicycling, and model railroads. He has been a resident of Shrewsbury since 1977, previously living in Westborough.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by five children, Constance Eucker and her husband Mark of Woodstock, Conn., Dianne Clapp of Westborough, Michael Berg and his wife Pamela of Holden, Pamela Sullivan of Leominster, and Laurie Pardee and her husband John of Westborough; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his first wife, Priscilla (Clark) Clapp.

Calling hours will take place Thursday, Feb. 26, from 5-7 p.m., at the Rand-Harper-Pickering Westborough Funeral Home, 62 West Main St., Westborough. Members of Siloam Lodge will conduct a Masonic Service at 6:45 p.m. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Feb. 28, at 10 a.m., in the Congregational Church of Westborough, 57 West Main St., Westborough. Burial will be at a later date in Pine Grove Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

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