Richard W. "Dick" Dion

Born: Mon., Oct. 25, 1926
Died: Tue., Mar. 17, 2020

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Whitinsville- Richard “Dick” W. Dion, 93, died Tues. March 17, 2020 after a period of declining health. He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Chesterline C. (Cichonski) Dion.  

        He is also survived by 3 daughters, Andrea Sandler and her husband Neil of Rocky Hill, CT, Pamela Dion of Jaffrey, NH and Kathleen Ursch of Douglas; 9 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren, 5 sisters-in-law, and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a grandson, Michael Paul Ursch, and 2 siblings, Clifford Dion and Rosalie Czarapata. Born in Whitinsville on Oct. 25,1926, he was the son of William and Emma (Dupont) Dion and grew up in the Linwood section of Northbridge.

       Dick was a graduate of Northbridge High School class of 1947 and later proudly joined the U.S. Army during the WWII era, where he served as a Utilities Technician, and rose to the rank of Sergeant. After his service, Dick worked in the construction industry for many years, then became the Maintenance Director for the Northbridge Public School System, retiring in 1988. Dick was a member of the Knights of Columbus Mumford Council # 365, as well as a longtime parishioner of St. Patrick's Church in Whitinsville.

       He loved spending time at his beautiful lakeside property that he built in Ashburnham, MA, and their family home on Great Island in Point Judith, RI. He also enjoyed gardening, fixing things in his workshop, following the N.E. Patriots, and the Boston Red Sox. Most of all, Dick treasured spending time with his family camping and going to the beach. He was a great role model to his grandchildren whom he loved deeply. He will be sorely missed. His family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at St. Camillus and Jewish Healthcare Center Hospice for their excellent care and support shown to Dick during his illness.

       Richard’s services will be privately held by his family. Burial will be held in St Patrick’s Cemetery, Whitinsville.  In lieu of flowers, donations in Dick’s memory may be made to either The Wounded Warrior Project, P.O Box 758516, Topeka, KS 66675-8516 or to the Cerebral Palsy Foundation, 3 Columbus Cir., 15th Fl. NY, NY 10019.  To leave a condolence message for his family please visit:

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Donna Scherer
   Posted Thu March 19, 2020
So sorry to have heard of the loss of your father. I fondly remember Uncle Dick.

Pat Underwood
   Posted Thu March 19, 2020
Andrea Just read in the paper that your dad had passed at St. Camillus. I am so sorry for your loss. Especially during these difficult times, it is so hard to say good bye to a loved one and I'm sorry I couldn't express my sympathy in person to you due to the quarantine, but I could see the love you had for your dad. May God be with you all.

Pat & Roy Underwood

Martha and James Buma
   Posted Thu March 19, 2020
Chesterline and family,
So sorry to read about Dick’s passing - may your many wonderful memories of your years together sustain you at this difficult time.
Please know that we will keep all of you in our thoughts and prayers.
With sincerest sympathy,
Martha & Jim Buma

   Posted Fri March 20, 2020
Dear Chesie and Family,
Our deepest sympathy and condolences on the passing of Dick. When growing up as neighbors on Hunting Ave., Whitinsville I remember Dick as being a kind, friendly and good person. Later when my parents were elderly, he and you Chesie were very kind, caring and thoughtful when it was most needed and necessary. This was very much appreciated by our famliy. You were great neighbors in many ways. You are in our thoughts.
All our best wishes,
Phil and Sandy Vandersea

George Courville
   Posted Wed March 25, 2020
Dear Chet and family, I was very saddened to see that Dick had passed, I loved you all very much,
you were our friends and neighbors for a good 20 years!! I remember when we first moved onto Dudley Ave. across the street from you I was in the front yard with my dog Coco and Dick came over to me, the first thing he ever said to me was, you know, we have a leash law in this town, I looked at him and said, well, I never tie my dog up!! He accepted that and we were friends from then on and you both gave my dogs Coco and Bandit so much love over the years on top of the love you gave myself, Mariellen and our children!! I also remember when I was adding on to the house we were talking about how I could do the front porch and he told me to take the ridge beam and move it over to the left and I would have a cover over the front door!! I said, wow, that's a lot of work, and he said if you built that garage, I know you can do that!! So I did and it came out very well, I remember the two of us looking at it one day, and he said I told you you could do it!! It was our pleasure to share our lives on Dudley Ave. with you both for so many years, I have missed you both very much since we've been gone, you were very much our family too!! Dick was like a father to me, I will miss him very much more knowing he is no longer here for me to come and see him!! He is with Mariellen, Coco, and Bandit in heaven now, and I trust in God that I will see him again someday along with the rest of my family!! Lots of love, George

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