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Richard Stephen Ferri

January 2, 1956October 5, 2021

Richard Stephen Ferri, 65, of Brewster, passed away peacefully on October 5, 2021, at his home in Brewster.

Born January 2, 1956, in White Plains, NY, he was the son of Henry Peter Ferri and Margaret Grace (Boerio) Ferri. Rick lived in Manhattan for many years, settled in Provincetown, and lived in Brewster for the remainder of his life.

He is survived by his husband, James Lear, his sister Lisa Ferri Lanni, and his brothers Bernard and Ronald. He was predeceased by his beloved aunt Marie Boerio, and his brother Robert. He is also survived by loving family members Mary, Barbara, Kathy, April, Amanda, Christopher, Robert, Alicia, Adrian, Ryan, and Rebecca.

Rick led a varied and accomplished life. He obtained an associate of Applied Science degree in Nursing, a Bachelor of Science degree in Healthy Education, a Master of Science degree in Counseling and Adult Education, a PhD in Counseling and Education, and a Master of Science degree in Nursing, which he felt was his greatest accomplishment.

As a nurse practitioner, Rick worked in the fields of general practice, HIV and infectious disease, rehabilitation, and addiction medicine. He was a past president of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, as well as a contributor to many journals and scholarly texts. He also wrote two novels, including the award-winning Confessions of a Male Nurse.

Rick was an avid traveler, loved theater from an early age, enjoyed gardening, and was a great animal lover. He is also survived by his current family of 3 dogs, and 4 cats.

Visitation will be held on Saturday October 9, 2021 from 2-4pm at Doane, Beal and Ames, 729 Rt 134, South Dennis, MA.


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Ron Doucette

October 24, 2021

I was lucky enough to have had Richard as my prescriber. He helped me find a path to better mental health and for that I will always be great full. Where no one could help me before he did. Sympathetic and kind. We would always talk with about our animals and he was easy to connect with. Thoughts and prayers to his husband and family. He will always be missed.

Ron Doucette

Matthew Daly

October 20, 2021

I was touched in a very positive way by Rick Ferri.. He was my doctor for a brief time. Authentic, and a quality person. Saddened to learn of his death. Am grateful to be able to contribute some words. I'm sure his family will feel this loss greatly and hope they are continually comforted. Amen
Matt D.

Judith Lavigniac

October 10, 2021

Rick, such a good friend, I miss you. I will never forget the time you first met with Dr M and you said “ I know you’re kind“ you were so brave! You won my heart that day❤️😘 love you. I’ll see you in my dreams.

Abigail Bellmar

October 9, 2021

Richard helped me manage my life. He was compassionate and he was brutally honest when I needed it most. Richard made sure I had the best plan, medically, so I could succeed at being a single mother of two young children. I think of him fondly, always admired his aesthetic and his personality. He spoke lovingly about his husband and his pets. I will miss him greatly, sending love to his husband. Richard was an amazing person ❤ my children will thank him for years to come whether they know how much he helped us or not.

Candace Sinins

October 9, 2021

Richard was the one person I connected with and had helped me open up and process so much Trauma and Anxiety Ive endured in my life. Richard had a quirky sense of humor and was a mentor and one of biggest supporters in following my path into my career and continuing my education. He saw something in me that I did not. He helped so many people and I hope that I will make him proud as I continue to help others in the Addiction field. Richard you will be missed.

Lin Hood-Glidden

October 9, 2021

I was so sorry to hear of Rick's passing.
We worked together for a few years, most recently at Cape Behavioral Health Services in West Yarmouth, where his clients recognized and appreciated his excellent skills...they spoke of how he really listened and treated them with respect, and would not give up until together they found the right medications to help, and they trusted him.
Years ago I worked with a number of his clients who were living with HIV/AIDS, and I was struck by their deep gratitude that he had really studied the sources of their pain and would prescribe what was necessary to alleviate it, which was very different from their experiences with other prescribers.
Rick really cared about his clients...they knew it, and as a therapist, I knew it as well. He was very approachable if I wanted to discuss client issues or if I had questions, and I loved his kindness and sense of humor. His loss is really huge for all whose lives he touched.
My deepest sympathy to his husband and all of the loved ones he leaves behind.

Gail Meyers Lavin

October 9, 2021

Sending deepest condolences. I had the privilege of working with Rick in the nineties while I was Grant Coordinator for the Town of Provincetown’s home health program and the Ryan White grant through the Ptown AIDS Support Group. I knew how to write grant applications to the feds, foundations, and municipalities, and how to stress the importance of record keeping and the hard data needed to secure funding in any field. But at a time when clients were afraid of the stigma, and there was little sympathy or understanding in the broader community, Rick patiently taught me enough about the facts of the disease to effectively obtain funding support and to become an advocate for HIV/AIDS education, universal healthcare protocols, and more. Rest in Peace, Rick.

Donna sorensen

October 8, 2021

I meet richard 3 yrs ago after my husband passed he told me I would find love again.He was always positive and I enjoyed speaking with him such a kind soul.

Jeanne Keefe

October 8, 2021

I originally met Rick about 25 years ago and I still remember his kind and empathetic care. A truly fine man.

Jane Greene

October 7, 2021

Dear Jim,
Rick had many titles and a sting of letters behind his name, but the title he loved the most was husband. He loved you with all his heart and was so proud of you. Your life together made him so very happy!
Rick was an icon to me as a new nurse. It was a joy to work with him at Medicenter Five and then at Crossroads Medical. We laughed so much but somehow we managed to deliver really great health care. I will forever miss his sarcasm, but most of all his friendship! No one can take his place. Rest In Peace, dear friend.
You will always be loved and remembered. Love, Janie Greene