Richard was born in Acushnet, and was the son of Josephine (Bralewski) Wojtaszek and the late Frank Wojtaszek Sr. of New Bedford. He attended grammar school at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in New Bedford and Holy Family High School, also in New Bedford. He graduated from college, attending New Bedford Institute of Textiles and Technology, now known as UMass Dartmouth.
Richard was employed as a textile technologist and project officer for protective clothing for the U.S. Navy for 40 years prior to his retirement. He worked directly with life preserver manufacturers to modify Coast Guard-approved products to meet the Navy’s standards, and designed flame resistant protective clothing for typical fire environments encountered aboard Navy ships.
Richard took great pleasure in family trips and golfing at resorts in Maine. He was an avid handyman and loved home-repair projects and working on automobiles in his spare time. Later in life, he enjoyed Gloucester whale watches and sailing, and took interest in golf, weather, and home improvement shows.
Richard was also passionate about music and was a long-time volunteer at WICN Radio Station in Worcester, hosting the New Age music program Tonal Vision.
In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by two children, Kevin R. Wojtaszek of North Grafton and Carrie A. Landquist and her husband, Cal, of Glocester, R.I., and his two brothers, Frank Wojtaszek Jr., of Annadale, Va. and Steven Wojtaszek of Littleton.
Richard was a communicant of St. Luke the Evangelist Church in Westborough.
His funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday, Nov. 10, at 10:30 a.m., in St. Luke the Evangelist Church, 70 West Main St., Westborough. Burial will follow in St. Luke’s Cemetery. Calling hours will be held Thursday, Nov. 9, from 4-7 p.m., at the David A. Pickering Westborough Funeral Home, 62 West Main St.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to St. Luke the Evangelist Church Memorial Fund, 70 West Main St., Westborough, MA 01581.