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Richard R. “Dickie” Powers, Jr.

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Of Revere.  Died on Tuesday, November 14th following a two-and-a-half-year battle with lung cancer at 75 years of age. Dickie was born on September 14, 1948, in Everett to his late parents, Ret. USMC Major Richard R. Powers, Sr. & Louise M. (Nazzaro) Powers. He was raised & educated in Revere along with his siblings. Dickie attended Immaculate Conception grammar school and was an alumnus of Boston College High School, Class of 1966. After graduation, Dickie enrolled in the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD and then served as a Naval Reserve where he was then honorably discharged as a midshipman. Dickie earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Boston University, as he worked and went to school. Dickie was married to Louise (DeStefano) and together raised three children of whom Dickie was most proud. During this time, Dickie told the story of Revere for over two decades as the Editor of the Revere Journal. In the second act of his career, he served as the Director of Communications for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Executive Office of Health & Human Services. Dickie was influential in creating policy at the inception of the Massachusetts Health Connector. He spent more than two decades with state government before retiring. Dickie was a devoted Boston sports fan and among the Fenway Faithful for 20 years as a season ticket holder. Dickie loved life and treasured the moment. He truly loved the City of Revere. Above all else, Dickie loved his family, they were his everything.

He is the loving father of Kristen Powers & her partner Dirk Bohse of Corinth, TX., Richard R. Powers, III & wife Susan of Beverly, and Ryan M. Powers & wife Katie of Wakefield. He is the cherished Papa of Sophie, Lily, Jacob, Jackson, & Lucy. The dear brother of Cynthia “Cindy” Barnard & husband Chester of Boxford, Stephen J. Powers & wife Laura of Topsfield, & Laura Williams of NC. Also lovingly survived by his former wife Louise (DeStefano) Powers of Revere and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces & grandnephews and his beloved companion, Jo Irvine, of Montgomery, MA.

Family & friends are respectfully invited to attend visiting hours on Saturday, November 18th from 12 – 3 pm in the Vertuccio Smith & Vazza Beechwood Home for Funerals 262 Beach St. Revere A funeral service will follow the visitation at 3 pm. Interment will be held privately. At Dickie’s request and in lieu of flowers, take a friend or loved one for a drink, dinner, or both.

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