He leaves behind his loving children, Richard Powell Jr. and his wife Nancy, Sarah Shields and husband William, Timothy Powell and Gabrielle Gebo, and Greg Powell and Caitlin Rothenberger; siblings, Judy Brink and her husband James, Benjamin (Buddy) Powell and Judy Willis, Stephen Powell and his wife Ellen, David Powell, Joanne Espino and her husband Ernesto; along with his late brother, Kenny Powell. Also survived by his grandchildren Ryan, Drew and Trevor Powell, William and Matthew Shields, along with several nieces and nephews.
Born and raised in Brighton, he was the son of Benjamin and Grace (Milligan) Powell and resided there for 34 years before moving to Northborough. Richard raised his family in Northborough where he then resided for 31 wonderful years. He respectfully served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War.
He was employed by Atlantic Blasting Company in Milford for several years.
Rick enjoyed fishing, camping and, most of all, spending time with friends and family. He was happiest when surrounded by his five grandchildren.
His funeral Mass was celebrated Feb. 18 in St. Rose of Lima Parish of Northborough, followed by burial with military honors in Howard Street Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 20 Speen St., floor 1, Framingham, MA 01701 or www.heart.org.