BARRE- Richard Paul Jankauskas,60, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, March 31,2021.
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Richard was the son of the late Edward and Dorothy (Nicholson) Jankauskas. He was a lifelong resident of Barre and graduated from Quabbin Regional High School in 1978. He worked 30 years as a working foreman for the Barre Department of Public Works, retiring in 2015. He served 30 years as a volunteer firefighter, 10 years as a member of the Board of Selectmen, and 2 years on the finance committee.
Richard was an avid outdoorsman. He loved to hunt, and enjoyed taking his friends out on his boat to fish and to learn about nature. For several years he participated as a volunteer in the Special Olympics, taking people with intellectual disabilities out in his boat on the Quabbin Reservoir to enjoy a day of fishing.
Richard especially loved charter fishing on FV Nor' Easter in Kennebunkport, Maine with his dear friend Captain Michael Perkins, who will be honoring Richard with a burial at sea in the near future. Richard enjoyed talking and spending time with his friends, who are too many to mention, but they know who they are.
Richard leaves behind his partner of 31 years, Kathleen Howard; children, Krissie Thomas, Raymond Howard and his wife Laurie, and Jeffrey Howard; grandchildren, Tyler, Sadie, Odin, Sophia, Nikoli, and Lola Howard; sisters, Catherine Ericson, Nancy Collett, Kimberly Salvadore, and sister-in-law Kate Jankauskas; nieces and nephews Adam, Tyler, Kelly and Heidi Jankauskas, Heather Hagerty, David Ericson, Dawn Ericson-Taylor, Jennifer Favreau, Christopher Parsons, Jamie Parse, Sarah Bourque, Michael and Nicholas Paydos, Jessica and James Gallery, Hannah, Grace and Jacob Salvadore, all whom he loved very much. Richard is predeceased by his brothers Edward and Thomas (his soulmate), and sisters, Elizabeth Aiken and Janet Gallery. He will be missed by all.
Friends and family are invited to attend memorial calling hours on Wednesday, April 14,2021 from 5-8PM in Pillsbury Funeral Home 96 S. Barre Rd. In Barre. Burial will be private.In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the JDRF or Barre Sportsman's Club, P.O. Box 111, Barre, MA 01005