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DiLuzio Foley And Fletcher Funeral Homes

33 Marlboro Street, Keene, NH

OBITUARY

Richard Charles Berry

December 9, 1943June 19, 2020

With his family by his side, lifting him in love, Richard Charles Berry passed away peacefully at his home on June 19, 2020 after a courageous battle with cancer.

Richard was a husband, a Dad, a Granddad. He was an engineer, a dedicated Rotarian, a community volunteer. He was a gardener and a tinkerer, and a perfectionist at both. He was meticulous and careful, a thoughtful advisor. Richard was a friend, a mentor, a 50-year dance partner. His absence leaves a hole in the hearts of a loving family and a wide circle of friends.

Richard was born on December 9, 1943 in Hartford, CT, the son of Wolfred G. and Marjorie C. (Cook) Berry. His early childhood was spent in Windsor, CT. In 1957 at the age of 14, Richard moved with his family to Keene, NH. As a youth, he played baseball, enjoyed cars and met lifelong friends. In high school, he also met his future wife Barbara Farina, with whom he would happily share the rest of his life.

After graduating from Keene High School in 1962, Richard studied at Northeastern University in Boston, MA, where he earned a degree in Chemical Engineering. While a student at Northeastern, he was offered a co-op position at Markem Corporation in Keene. Upon graduation, the company offered him a full-time job, which he enthusiastically accepted. Richard worked for Markem for four decades, rising to the position of Director of Environmental Health and Safety, before retiring in July of 2008.

Richard and Barbara married on January 14, 1967. Just nine months later, he was drafted into the United States Army. After basic training, Richard was stationed at Fort Belvoir in Virginia, where he spent two years with the Army Corp of Engineers.

In October of 1970 upon his discharge from the Army, Richard and his family moved back to Keene, where he resumed full-time work at Markem Corporation. In 1979, Richard moved to North Carolina to establish a new Markem manufacturing plant, so he and his young family lived briefly in Charlotte, NC. But within two years, the Berrys returned to Keene, where they built a family home on Moore Farm Road – with much of the work done by Richard himself.

Richard immersed himself in community work, serving as a Keene City Counselor and a member of the Keene Planning Board. He was appointed to the city’s College/City Commission, was a Vice Chair of the Southwest Region Planning Commission and served on the organization’s Transportation Advisory Committee. He coached youth baseball and basketball, was a Ward 5 Selectman and worked with the Friends of Open Space in Keene. In addition, the Keene Rotary Club was a large part of Richard’s life: He was a Paul Harris Fellow, and was instrumental in the club’s Student Exchange and Success By Six programs.

Richard’s greatest joys in life were traveling with Barbara (particularly to America’s National Parks); his annual Peaks Island reunions with college friends Glenn Robinson, Mike Russillo, Peter Moseley and Len Perham; and especially spending time with his children, grandchildren and extended family. A jack of all trades, master of many, Richard was his family’s “go-to guy.” He got a kick out of being a bit of a dry-witted provocateur, and nobody could make his wife Barbara laugh more.

He loved, and he was loved.

Survivors include his wife Barbara; his sister, Carol Lynch and her partner, Arthur Gaudio; his daughter, Christine Houston, along with her children, Olivia and Avery and their father, Jason Houston; his son, John Berry, along with his wife, Suzanne, and their children, Seth, Eliana, Sadie Jane and Noah; and his daughter, Suzanne Berry, and her partner, Mark Schwab. Richard was predeceased by his parents, Wolfred and Marjorie Berry.

A celebration of Richard’s life will be held on Thursday, June 25, 2020 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM and 6:00 to 8:00PM in the Fletcher Funeral Home, 33 Marlboro Street, Keene. Due to the current COVID-19 precautions, those in attendance are requested to please wear a facemask and to maintain the six-foot physical distancing requirements. In addition, due to the limitation of the number of people allowed in the funeral home during this time, we are asking that after offering your condolences to the family, you exit the funeral home via the side door. There will be staff to assist you with this egress.

A graveside service with military honors will be held on Friday, June 26. 2020 at 2:00pm in the Monadnock View Cemetery, Park Avenue, Keene. Those in attendance are requested to please wear a facemask and to maintain the six-foot physical distancing here as well.

The family has asked that, in lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in memory of Richard C. Berry to support cancer research and patient care at: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284, or via www.dana-farber.org/gift.

  • FAMILY

  • Barbara L. (Farina) Berry, Wife
  • Christine Houston (Jason), Daughter
  • John Berry (Suzanne), Son
  • Suzanne Berry (Partner, Mark Schwab), Daughter
  • Olivia Houston, Granddaughter
  • Avery Houston, Grandson
  • Seth Berry, Grandson
  • Eliana Berry, Granddaughter
  • Sadie Jane Berry, Granddaughter
  • Noah Berry, Grandson
  • Carol Lynch (Partner, Arthur Gaudio), Sister
  • Wolfred G. Berry, Father (deceased)
  • Marjorie C. (Cook) Berry, Mother (deceased)

Services

  • Visitation and Celebration of Life

    Thursday, June 25, 2020

  • Graveside service with military honors.

    Friday, June 26, 2020

Memories

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Barbara DeMatteo

June 30, 2020

How can one not smile when thinking of Richard. He always had that twinkle, even when he fiercely protected our neighborhood night sky! Barbara, my heart is full for you now. You, your children and grandkids have my deepest sympathy.

Ed Coppola

June 30, 2020

A life truly well-lived GD. You will be missed but your legacy is strong. RIP.

Tammy and John Waddell

June 29, 2020

Uncle Dick. How can one put into this small space a lifetime of memories? Driving me home after babysitting for Chrissy and John, talking with me about life and politics while helping me think about different perspectives (our conversations were civil and intelligent and calm), talking with John about tools and building and engineering and inventing (we never did send you the part numbers to get those NH roller ball bearings from Peterborough), mapping out Megan’s run during a summer trip (I was so worried she would get lost in West Keene, yet you assured me she could do it), helping me make the perfect boiled eggs with a technique that would let the shells come off easily (ok-so maybe we skipped a step, yet you stood there and peeled every last one, bit by bit), and finally that enormous smile and kiss hello every trip we traveled back to Keene. I missed that part the most last week.

Doug Treat II

June 26, 2020

It was always good talking with Dick as he always had a smile.

Carl DeMatteo

June 25, 2020

Richard was a wonderful neighbor of ours for many many years. We worked together closely several years ago on what we considered to be a neighborhood crisis which involved street lighting. He was an excellent partner to work with and a kind man with a great sense of humor. I'm sorry to hear of his passing and the loss this represents to the Barry family and our community .

Lori Pitsas Farina

June 25, 2020

I hold dearly my memories of Uncle Dick. He was a loving supportive intellectual who often challenged me to look at life from a different perspective. I grew up watching his easy demeanor and the tight respectful loving relationship he had with my Aunt Barbara and cousins Chrissy John and Suzy. He was a rock and I’ll miss his presence. May he rest peacefully; may his memory be eternal and God bring peace and comfort.

Paul and Sussan Henkel

June 25, 2020

Paul remembers Richard as a valued friend and colleague at Markem Corporation and interacting with him regarding early childhood programs of the Rotary Club. Sue and Paul send their condolences to the entire Berry family.

Muriel Robinette

June 25, 2020

To the Berry Family,
Please accept my condolences on Dick's passing. I first met him at BIA meetings in the early 90's and he was such a gentleman and powerhouse of knowledge in the environmental field when I was just starting out as an OM at GEI. We would meet early for coffee before the BIA meetings to talk, sometimes missing the meetings. I remember once telling him how excited I was about interviewing a young chem engineer from WPI. Dick's grin was so wide, as he clearly was proud of John going into the environmental field after graduation.
Dick will be missed. I am sorry for your loss....a loss for all of us.
Muriel Robinette

Jackie and Donny Metivier

June 24, 2020

We have known each other for many years. It has been so much fun to find a good movie to see and go out for dinner. We loved being with Barb and Dick so much.
Loved hearing about their children and grandchildren. What a loving family. Dick will be missed
greatly.

Frederick and Karen Parsells

June 24, 2020

A true gentleman and a leader. He was quick to share well reasoned thoughts and opinions on a host of issues and always made the matter under discussion more interesting. God rest sir.

FROM THE FAMILY