BARRE- Richard (Dick) Rice Gariepy 84, devoted husband for 59 years to the late Shirley (Scott) Gariepy, passed away on June 18, 2021, following an illness. Born in New Rochelle, NY, he was a son of the late Armand and Elisabeth (Rice) Gariepy and was a longtime resident of Barre.
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He received his bachelor’s degree in psychology, from Middlebury College in Middlebury, VT. Prior to his retirement, Dick was a self-employed motivational speaker, who presented Gariepy Seminars, in all 50 states. For twenty years he sent a stimulating monthly newsletter ActionThoughts to subscribers and wrote two books on motivation, Manage Your Way to Success and Your Child Is Dying to Learn. Prior to his motivational career he ran the Barre Gulf Station for several years in the early 60’s.
Dick was a member of the Barre Historical Society, the Barre Planning Board, and served on the Board of Directors at Stetson Home. He enjoyed coaching his grandchildren's youth basketball team. He was passionate about fixing anything and after purchasing his home on James St in 1965 he took great pride in all of the carpentry work that he did himself.
An avid motorcycle racer, in 1962 he was the North American Scrambles Champion. He was in his 70's when he won back-to-back championships racing vintage motorcycles in 2011 and 2012. His wife Shirley was always there to cheer him on.
He leaves his loving family, 2 sons, Craig and his wife Patricia Gariepy of Barre, Derek and his wife Jennifer Gariepy of Belchertown; two brothers, Gerard and his wife Carole of Phillipston, Roger and his wife Joy of Allentown, PA; brother-in-law Charles Fullam of Barre and a sister-in-law Irene and her husband Dana Bergman of Stamford, VT, five grandchildren, four great grandchildren. He was predeceased by a loving sister Suzanne Fullam, a sister-in-law Roberta Lawrence, a brother-in-law Stanley Lawrence and a grandson Micah Savage.
A memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations may be made to: The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, PO Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741 or the Barre Historical Society, 18 Common St, Barre, MA 01005.