February 6, 1925 - August 10, 2020
CHICOPEE Richard E. Boisvert, 95, of Chicopee, was lovingly called home on Monday, August 10, 2020 at Holyoke Medical Center. Born on February 6, 1925 in Holyoke, he was the only son of the late Eugene J. and Regina (Brouillard) Boisvert. His career as a lithographer was spent at Phillip Hano and Curtis Business Forms, both in Holyoke. Simultaneously, he ran his own photography business, Dick Boisvert Photography, which specialized in wedding photography, and he subcontracted as a photographer for the Springfield Newspapers. Throughout his working years, he also maintained a part time business, Chicopee Graphics. In his retirement from lithography, Dick was a clerk at Stop and Shop on Memorial Dr., Chicopee for approximately 20 years, retiring on his 90th birthday. He was a communicant of St. Rose de Lima Church. Richard was a veteran of WWII in which he served in 3 major theaters in Europe, receiving the Bronze Medal of Honor for his service in the Air Force 123rd Unit. He was a member of the Chicopee Lodge of Elks 1840, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the American Legion, Post 353. One to always enjoy a good chat, his persona enveloped people and drew them to him. He frequented many local establishments such as Charlie’s Lucky Strike and Dunkin Donuts on Memorial Drive where he held court with his many friends.
Dick is predeceased by his wife of 57 years, Shirley T. (Scoville) Boisvert and his sister, Pearl Sansoucy. He is survived by his four daughters, Patricia Hurley and her husband, James, Caryl Valego and her husband, Francis, Pam Sergienko, Joyce Dunklee and her husband, Charles; ten grandchildren, Kathleen Hurley, Brett Valego and his partner, Carolyn Ruszala, Joseph Sergienko and his wife, Maureen, Kerry Hurley, David Sergienko and his wife, Paulina, Derek Valego and his wife, Meaghan, Pami Sergienko, Elizabeth Sergienko, Abigail Rappa and her husband, Robert and Charles (Chad) Dunklee and his wife, Rebecca; and five great grandchildren, Aiden and Lillian Sergienko, Ian and Emery Valego and Alice Ruszala Valego. His family also includes his sister-in-law, Joan Bourgeois, niece Liane Pueschel and her husband, Robert, nephews Harvey Sansoucy and his wife, Carol, Michael Bourgeois and his wife, Pam, Matthew Bourgeois and his wife, Angeline, and Marc Bourgeois and his wife, Pamela.
Dick taught us to love with all your heart and not take life too seriously.
He will be forever missed by his family and friends.
Cierpial Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Richard’s family will receive guests at the 69 East Street location on Thursday, September 3, 2020 from 4 to 7 pm. Richard’s funeral will be held on Friday, September 4, 2020 at 8:30 am at the funeral home, followed by a Liturgy of Christian Burial in St. Rose de Lima Church, 600 Grattan St. in Chicopee, at 9:30 am. Interment with military honors will follow at the Massachusetts Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Agawam at 11 am.