Shrewsbury –Richard D. “Dick” Vigneault, 91, of Shrewsbury and most recently Upton, died suddenly on Sunday, March 20, 2022 at UMASS Memorial Medical Center, with his loving family by his side days before his 92nd birthday. His beloved wife of 50 years, the late Theresa A. (O’Toole) Vigneault, died in 2008.
Dick leaves behind his children, Richard A. Vigneault and wife Gail, of Worcester and Port St. Lucie, FL, Janet A. Vigneault, of Shrewsbury, and Lois A. Vigneault and son-in-law Mark Eaton, of Upton; her granddaughter, Rosann Bentley and her husband Brandon; her great-grandchildren, Levi and Isabella; and his niece, Jean Thompson, of West Springfield. He was also predeceased by his great-grandson, Alexander; his sisters-in-law, Sr. Mary Redemptus, Rose, Josephine and Lillian; her brother-in-law, Ralph; and his parents, Alexander and Jane (O’Mara) Vigneault.
Dick was born, raised and educated in Laconia, NH. He was a graduate of Laconia High School where he learned to play football and was eventually recruited to try out for College of the Holy Cross. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of New Hampshire, also completing the ROTC there. After college, he enlisted in the US Air Force during the Korean conflict in 1953, where he served as an air police officer, until 1955, when he was discharged to Reserve. It was in 1965 that Dick was honorably discharged from the reserves, where he held the title of captain.
He met Terri when they both worked at Travelers Insurance in Boston. They married in 1957 at St Lawrence’s Church in Chestnut Hill before moving to Shrewsbury in 1960 to raise their family.
Dick then worked for Parke-Davis Pharmaceuticals for 25 years where he was the number one sales representative for several years, and at the same time he obtained a real estate brokerage license. After his departure, he joined the hospital equipment department, before returning to school at Anna Maria College where he obtained his master’s degree in business administration. He eventually ventured to start his own business Central Mass Med Care for the next 30 years until his retirement at the age of 87.
Dick was a football enthusiast and particularly enjoyed supporting the Patriots. He loved being outside, looking at nature and feeling the sun on his face.
Dick was a faithful parishioner of St. Mary’s Church for over 60 years, alongside Terri. His family was his world, and he was the most devoted husband and father.
Relatives and friends are invited to visit the Vigneault family between 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 26, 2022 at the BRITTON-SHREWSBURY FUNERAL HOME, 648 Main Street, Shrewsbury, with a funeral mass to follow at 11 a.m. AM at St. Mary’s Church, 640 Main St., Shrewsbury. Burial, with full military honors, will be in Mountain View Cemetery, Shrewsbury.