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Richard R. Minichiello
October 31, 1921 ~ December 29, 2023 (age 102) 102 Years Old
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Richard R. Minichiello, 102, of Winthrop passed away peacefully at home surrounded by loved ones on December 29, 2023. The third youngest of 10 siblings, Richard grew up in the West End of Boston where his family ran the Mass Spa general store for decades. An Army Air Corps Veteran of World War II, Richard piloted flights over “the Hump” to bring supplies to American bases in China. He played baseball near the Charles River with his younger brother Bob whom he admired and continued a close and protective relationship with up to Bob’s passing on December 25, 2023. As a salesman of scholastic materials for half a century, Richard shared a passion for art and education. He received his Masters in Childhood Education in his 60s, which allowed him to substitute teach in the schools of Boston into his 90s.
Richard was predeceased by his beloved wife Helen Tobin Minichiello, his daughter Joanne Minichiello Darcy and namesake Richard Minichiello II. He is survived by his son Robert Minichiello and wife Sari of Nova Scotia. Richard was a proud, interested, and supportive grandfather to his grandchildren: Richard III (and Tracy), Antoinette (and Todd), Thaddeus (and Kerri), Bryony (and Stephane), Jaime (and Devin), Alexa (and Brian), Nathaniel (and Kathryn) and great-grandchildren: Marcus, Moira, Joe and Ryder. Richard is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and friends.
Richard was an eloquent philologist, avid card player and golfer and ran the New York Marathon at age 58. He swam in the “invigorating” waters off Point Shirley, Winthrop up to his 101st year. He enjoyed a cold Budweiser on ice in a wine glass when watching his favorite team, the Boston Red Sox. He will be missed by all who love him but will be remembered for living his life according to his favorite Cyrano quote “to sing, to laugh, to dream; to walk in my own way and be alone, free, with an eye to see things as they are.”
A funeral mass will be celebrated on Saturday, January 6, 2024 at 10:00 AM in St. John the Evangelist at 320 Winthrop St, Winthrop MA. Services will conclude with burial in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, West Roxbury. Reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Richard’s memory to All Care Hospice Grateful Patient and Family Program: https://allcare.org/donate. See direct link at bottom of page.