Richard Severance
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Richard J
1961 - 2017
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Obituary for Richard J Severance

NORTH BROOKFIELD – Richard J. Severance, 55, of 3 East Brookfield Rd., died Monday, January 9, 2017. He is survived by his wife of 30 years Joann; his children Ryan & his fianceé Ashley Barry of Dedham and Kathryn of North Brookfield; a sister, Martha E. Severance & her husband Charles J. LaTendresse of Grundy Center, Iowa; a brother Thomas Severance & his wife Janet of Marion,MA.; nieces; nephews and two great nieces.

Rich was born in Ware, MA. the son of Thomas F. and Margaret M. (Moore) Severance and was a lifelong resident of North Brookfield. He graduated from North Brookfield High in 1979. He was well-known in the building industry through his 28 years as the Hardware Store Manager of Howe Lumber Company in East Brookfield, MA. He was a member of the New Braintree Grange #170 and a lifelong parishioner of St. Joseph’s Church, in North Brookfield, MA. He was a proud supporter of the College of the Holy Cross’ Parents’ Fund, the Assumption College Annual Fund, and a number of Catholic charities.

Rich was a loving husband and celebrated his 30th anniversary with Joann in Cape Cod in 2016. He was a dedicated father who played an active role in his children’s lives, helping put them through college. He was a devoted son who maintained a close relationship with his parents, caring deeply for them as they aged.

Loved ones and friends are invited to attend calling hours on Friday, January 13, from 4-6 p.m. in Pillsbury Funeral Home 44 Gilbert St. N. Brookfield. A funeral Mass for Rich will be held on Saturday at 11:00 AM in St. Joseph's Church, 296 Main St., N. Brookfield.Burial will be private in the parish cemetery. A luncheon will be served in St. Joseph's Church hall after the funeral. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Joseph's Church, 28 Mt. Pleasant St., North Brookfield 01535. For an online tribute please visit:

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