Richard Renaud

Richard H "Rich" Renaud

Friday, October 1st, 1948 - Thursday, January 7th, 2021
Recommend this to your friends.
Share via:

Sign in to the Family Interactive Login

The Family Interactive feature enhances An Amazing Life. Authorized family members can securely access their loved one's memorial website settings at any time.

Share Book of Memories with a Friend

Please enter the name and email details so that we can send your friend a link to the online tribute. No names or addresses will be collected by using this service.

Email Sent

Your email has been sent.

To share your memory on the wall of Richard Renaud, sign in using one of the following options:

Sign in with Facebook

OR

Sign in with your email address

Your condolence has been posted successfully

Provide comfort for the family by sending flowers or planting a tree in memory of Richard Renaud

No Thanks

Contact Funeral Home

Please enter your question or comment below:

Email Sent

Your email has been sent.

Richard's Tribute Fund

  •  Full Name
  •  Initials
  •  Anonymous
By continuing, you agree with the terms and privacy policy.

Richard's Tribute Fund

There may be a delay while processing. Please do not click the back button or refresh while a payment is processing.
Send Flowers
Guaranteed hand delivery by a local florist

Obituary

SPENCER- Richard H. Renaud,72, We lost a wonderful man, husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, teacher, mentor, co-worker, and friend, who died at St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester on Thursday, January 7, 2021. Although he was a fighter when it came to recuperating after a severe illness and even surviving his bout with COVID-19, he succumbed to cardiovascular and renal complications.

Rich was born in Holyoke on October 1, 1948 to Henry P. & Doris E. (Couture) Renaud. He was the eldest of five and grew up in South Holyoke where he lived a carefree life, enjoying family, friends, reading, and sports. He attended Morgan Elementary School, H.B. Lawrence Jr. High School, and Holyoke High School, graduating in 1966. He was the goalie on the HHS Soccer team, being selected to the Springfield Republican All Star Soccer Sports team as goalie in his senior year. He then attended Western New England College in Springfield, graduating in 1970. While in college, he worked alongside his Dad at Dreikorn's Bakery in Holyoke.

Rich began his teaching career as a student teacher in Monson High School and never left until his retirement after 43 years! He was doing what he loved: helping to form and expand young minds; opening students' minds to literature, especially Shakespeare (all of his cats had names from literature: Chaucer, Shakespeare, Romeo, Juliet, Ophelia, Othello, and Macbeth), and mentoring new teachers to the high school and, in particular, the English Department. He was that department's chairperson.

Looking at the sympathies that have been pouring in for him one can tell how special he was to so many at the school....."mentor, caring & gentle, favorite teacher, amazing, smart, funny, planting the seeds of love for learning, sweetest and most understanding teacher, wonderful colleague, role model, passion for teaching, inspiring, loved it when he read to us during class because he was so involved with the characters you couldn't help but listen." And on and on... Rich had many yearbooks dedicated to him. He loved the Drama contests that he directed and the teams he coached. He still had contact through facebook with many of his former colleagues and students.

Rich was predeceased by his parents Doris (2015) and Henry (1998) and his beloved youngest sister Karen (1977) whom he has now joined for eternity in heaven. Rich is survived by his wife of 25 years, Regina (Reg, Reggie, Gina); sons Joseph Renaud of Holyoke, Jeffrey Renaud of Palmer and Michael Chesnis and his wife Amy of Fort Myers, Florida; sister Linda and her spouse Kathy Probst of St. Louis, MO; brother Robert and his wife Denise of Westfield; sister Janice and her husband Russell of Holyoke; grandchildren Arthena Ellis Renaud of Palmer, David and Christine Nguyen of Florida, April Starbard of Lady Lake, Florida. His nieces and nephews Karen Fay and her husband Shaun of Holyoke, George Renaud and his wife Melissa and daughter Chloe of West Springfield, Christina Menard and her husband Karl and their sons Colin and Kamrin of Westfield; sister-in law Teresa (Terry) Grant of Worcester; niece Jennifer Castro and her husband Steve and their children Lily and Logan; nephew Jeffrey Grant and his wife Jessica and their children Emily and Jeffrey.

Rich was a single father to his boys from when they were young, basically giving up all of his life for them until they were both grown and then he finally said it was time for him and he met the love of his life, Gina. She brought such joy to him. Travelling over the world, his favorite being England and cross-country, his favorite being California, as well, cruises, his favorite being Alaska.

A graveside service for Rich will be held on Thursday, January 14,2021 at 11:00AM in Worcester County Memorial Park in Paxton. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Monson High School, English Department, for an English major scholarship, 55 Margaret Street, Monson MA 01057.
Read Less

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Richard H "Rich" Renaud, please visit our Heartfelt Sympathies Store.

Service Details

  • Interment

    Location
    Worcester County Memorial Park
    Address
    Richmond Ave
    Paxton,ma, MA
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Notes
    Thursday, January 14,2021 at 11:00AM

Condolences

We encourage you to share your most beloved memories of Richard here, so that the family and other loved ones can always see it. You can upload cherished photographs, or share your favorite stories, and can even comment on those shared by others.

Private Condolence
Flowers
Jim Peters sent flowers to the family of Richard H "Rich" Renaud.
Guaranteed hand delivery by a local florist
JG

Jane grammo

Posted at 04:18pm
MR Renaud was my teacher 39 years ago at Monson High School. He was a great teacher and was loved by many students. May you rest in peace
Jane (Preissler) Grammo

Heather Owen

Posted at 01:45pm
What a wonderful teacher, who left a mark on Monson forever. You will be miss Mr Renaud, until we meet again.
MP

Mark Perry

Posted at 12:51am
Mr.Renaud thank you for being such an amazing teacher! I was not a easy student but you knew exactly how to get me interested in something I hated. I joined the Army because of the career placement test I took in your class. Thank you Mr.Renaud. -Mark Perry
PL

Pete Lecours

Posted at 01:23pm
So sorry to here about Mr. Renaud, a great teacher and mentor at Monson Jr. Sr. high School. Condolences to the family.
JP

Jim Peters

Posted at 08:41am
Dear Gina and family, Rich was a tremendous teacher, outstanding school leader, loyal colleague, and friend. With deepest sympathy... Jim Peters
Flower Image

Jim Peters purchased flowers and planted a memorial tree for the family of Richard Renaud. Send Flowers

Loading...

Photos & Videos

Photo Album

Upload up to 10 images at a time, max 8MB each