Richard E. Letourneau, Sr.

  • Born: February 6, 1924
  • Died: February 13, 2020
  • Location: Haverhill, Massachusetts

Driscoll Funeral Home

309 So. Main Street
Bradford, MA 01835

Tel. (978) 374-0000

Tribute & Message From The Family


HAVERHILL - Mr. Richard E. Letourneau, Sr., resident of Haverhill passed away peacefully on February 13, 2020 at the ripe old age of 96.

Mr. Letourneau is predeceased by his beloved wife, Mary Letourneau, his son Lawrence Letourneau, and daughter in-law Susan Letourneau. Rather than leaving anyone behind, Richard has left a little piece of himself in each of his family members. His love and laughter live on through son Richard E. Letourneau Jr., daughter Beth Letourneau and partner Louise Gemmell, daughter in-law Denise Letourneau, 5 grandchildren, Megan, Rachel, Canaan, Skylar and Caitlyn, and 8 great grandchildren, Tyler, Jason, Madelyn, Dexter, Hope, Riley, Abby, and Camden.

Mr. Letourneau was a lifelong Red Sox fan, and was never seen without his trusty baseball cap. Richard even got to see Babe Ruth play once when he was a kid.

Like many young men in the 1940's Richard joined the Navy, and was stationed on the Wyoming as a medic. He had two great military accomplishments during his service. One, was being on the vessel that fired the most rounds in WWII (but none at the enemy), and two, managing to survive living on a boat when he couldn't swim.

Richard married the love of his life Mary Sullivan in 1948 and began their family in 1950. Many years, and many grandchildren and great grandchildren later, Richard and Mary retired and spent over 20 years traveling the country in their motorhome hitting every casino along the way. They never saw a slot machine they didn't like. Even when age began stealing Richard's eyesight, he would still love the sounds of "getting a hit" on one of the penny machines.

His family will remember his stories most of all. Richard was the kind of person who could talk to anyone, and because he was such a great story teller that often meant talking for hours with him about his childhood growing up in Lawrence, when he and Mary met and fell in love at the Crystal Ballroom, the hard times, and the ultimate joy of being a father, grandfather and great grandfather. Up through his early 90's he would still crawl on the floor to play with his youngest great grandchildren who lovingly called him Papapa.

Richard was a peaceful loving man, and didn't want to shout, but he had a hat when he came in, and he'll have a hat when he goes out!

Visiting hours will be Monday, February 17 in the Driscoll Funeral Home, 309 So. Main Street, Haverhill from 4:00 to 7:00 PM. Services will be held Tuesday in the funeral home at 10:00 AM. Interment with U.S. Navy Honors will follow in Linwood Cemetery, Haverhill. His family would like to thank the caregivers and staff at Hannah Duston Healthcare Center in Haverhill for their care, kindness and compassion they gave Richard. Please make contributions in his name to the Hannah Duston Resident Activity Fund, 126 Monument Street, Haverhill, MA 01832. For guestbook, visit www.driscollcares.com