Lionel Richard



Lionel Joseph Richard, survived by his wife of 64 years, Ann (DeWolfe) of Moncton, formally of (Newcastle) Miramichi passed away Monday March 30 just 28 days shy of his 92nd birthday, at the Moncton City Hospital with his daughter by his side.


Born in Acadieville NB on April 27, 1917 he was the second oldest son of the late Amedee and Emelinne (Thibeau) of Nordin. Lionel joined the Canadian Army in 1943 and was shortly moved to the Merchant Marines until the end of the Second World War. He was employed with the CNR for over 40 years. He worked in Newcastle, Chipman and Moncton, his last years being a conductor, on the Moncton to Campbellton line. He has been retired for the last 26 years. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, a hard-worker and was a kind man with a loving heart. He cherished the great outdoors and spent most of his spare time enjoying the elements of nature.


He had a great love for his family and many close friends and will be sadly missed by his 10 children: Brian (Vicky) of Miramichi, Keith (Norma), of Winnipeg Manitoba, Linda Beal (Reg) of Coverdale, Larry (Ruth) of Boundry Creek, Judy Russell (Brian) of Moncton, Diane Stacey (Kevin) of Moncton, Paula (Ted Cole) of Shediac, Wanda McLean (Doug) of Pennfield, N.B. Ralph (Debbie) of Miramichi and Joan Poitras (Marcel) of Moncton. He leaves behind 17 grand children and 20 great grandchildren, a sister Rosie (Louis) LeBlanc of Miramichi, brothers Ray (Peggy) of Ottawa, Art of Miramichi, and Bobby (Monique) of Elliott Like, Ontario and brother-in-law Harmon Savage Miramichi and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by brothers Leo, Tony, and Alfred, sisters Doreen Savage and Edna Sullivan and grandson Jesse McLean.


Lionel was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church in Moncton. Resting at Northumberland Funeral Home, 102 Pleasant Street Miramichi, no visitation requested by the family. Funeral service will be at St. Samuel's Roman Catholic Church in Douglastown, Miramichi on Friday, April 3 at 11am with Father Maurice Swift officiating. Cremation will follow the service. Internment will be in St. Samuel's Cemetery in the spring. In Lionel's memory donations to the Children's Wish Foundation or Diabetic Association.