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Richard Arthur Yardley

October 27, 1948February 9, 2020

Yardley, Richard “Dick” Arthur, 71, of Sandwich, MA passed away unexpectedly of a heart attack February 9, 2020 at Cape Cod Hospital. He was born on October 27, 1948 to the late Arthur and Dorothy Yardley (Mathewson) in Providence, RI.

Dick grew up in North Easton, MA. He graduated from North Eastern University and began a lifelong career in commercial insurance where he met his wife Christine and married on a warm February day in 1976. He had a soft spot in his heart for all creatures great and small and was very excited and proud of his son, Jonathan, who is an equine veterinarian. Dick spent his hours during retirement reading lots of books on world and US history so much so he sometimes would forget he was living in current times. Dick enjoyed his retirement on the Cape where he smoked cigars on the porch much to the chagrin of Chris. He was an avid model railroad enthusiast like his own father and modeled the historic railroads of New England. Dick was an avid fan of the Red Soxs and New England Patriots. Dick is survived by his wife Christine (Carco) of 44 years, his beloved 1973 Triumph TR-6, his son Jonathan and wife Heather Yardley of Columbus OH, his grandpups Mr. Sweaters and Andy Pants, his sister Janet Rinehart and husband Ed, of Houston, TX and his nieces Stephanie (Ward) and Pamela (Klein) and their families.

A Celebration of Life will be held in the future.

In lieu of flowers please donate in memory of Dick to The Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University: https://tuftsgiving.org/giving-form.html?id=4&appeal_code=V0750.

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Peter Russell

February 19, 2020

Excellent broker, even better person. Always enjoyed working with Dick. Sadly, not many like him left in the business.
You will be missed, Richard.

Carol Chafee

February 14, 2020

I am so sad to hear of Dick's passing. He was a brilliant and kind man. Always helpful and ready to listen. Our jolly SRC Santa will be missed. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Carol Chafee.

Mike Simpson

February 14, 2020

Dear Chris,

I think I was the only person that called him Richard. What a pleasure and an honor to have known Richard Yardley. I first met him twenty plus years ago at SRC and we remained friends ever since.

We worked hard together and laughed even harder. He always made time to listen and to assist anyone when needed, despite being busy himself.

I learned so much from him and how treat people with respect and dignity. He was so down to earth and easygoing but had such a wealth of knowledge. What I will remember about Richard, is that he was true friend with a kind soul.

In closing, I don't think I will ever meet another Richard Yardley in my lifetime because he's simply irreplaceable.

Thanks for sharing him with me, yours truly
Mike Simpson

Priscila Coughlin

February 13, 2020

I am proud to have had the opportunity to work with Dick for many years. I remember him fondly for being incredibly smart, knowledgeable and just an overall good person.
I love the picture you used for his obituary. Although I have not seen Dick in several years that picture is the face and smile that I will always remember and cherish. A gentle giant is gone but not forgotten.

Denise Kelleher

February 11, 2020

Christine, Jonathan and Family, I am so sorry to hear of Dick's passing I worked with him for many years he was such a kind, jolly, man who will surely be missed, you are in my thoughts and prayers

Denise Kelleher

Marianne DiGiampaolo

February 11, 2020

Dear Christine and family,

Please know that Lou and I have been thinking about you Jonathan and Heather. Your in our thoughts and prayers. This is just too sad.

With all our love
Marianne and Louis DiGiampaolo

Pat Reeve

February 10, 2020

Chris, Jonathan, and Heather,

I haven't taken in that Dick has passed - I can only imagine what you must feel. I always enjoyed my time with Dick; he said it like he saw it. I appreciated his straightforwardness. Dick was also kind, gentlemanly, and genuinely interested in his friends' lives.

May memories of Dick be a blessing to you.

Pat Reeve