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Shrewsbury, MA 01545
Phone: 508-845-6226
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Richard Hastings

Richard B. Hastings

Sunday, June 12th, 1927 - Sunday, June 7th, 2020
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Richard B. Hastings, Sr., 92, of Auburn, died Sunday, June 7th, 2020 in the comfort of his home, surrounded by his loving family. He was predeceased by his wife of 53 years, Catherine S. (Sullivan) Hastings.

Richard (Dick) leaves his four children, Catherine Mitchell & her husband Robert of Plymouth MA, Richard B Hastings Jr., and his fiancé, Kellie Porter of Doylestown PA, Michael Hastings of Auburn, and Mary Hastings of Auburn; his six grandchildren, Brian and his wife Kristen, Christopher, Richard, Sean, Brendan, and Kaitlyn; four great-grandchildren, Emma, RJ, Riley, and Connor; as well as many nieces and nephews. He was also pre-deceased by his two brothers, Daniel and Gerald, and three sisters Ann, Mary, and Patricia.

Dick was born on June 12, 1927. He was raised in Worcester, son of the late Daniel J. and Annie (O’Brien) Hastings. Dick graduated from Classical High School in Worcester. In time, he made his home in Auburn where he lived for over 60 years. Dick was active in town affairs. He was a member of the Auburn Housing Authority and a Town Meeting Member. He was also active in the Knights of Columbus, having achieved the rank of Fourth Degree Knight, the highest honor within the fraternal service order. Prior to his retirement, Dick was employed by Crompton and Knowles for a number of years. He later worked in banking, eventually retiring from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Department of Public Utilities.

Dick, a kind, thoughtful, and gentle soul, loved Irish music, reading and traveling. Of his many trips, he always enjoyed returning to Ireland with his wife, and on several occasions, with friends and relatives. In his later years, Dick loved spending time with his favorite companion, a black lab, Molly. Always sneaking treats to her, Molly knew him as the ‘biscuit man.’

The entire family would like to extend their sincerest appreciation to Peter, his personal care attendant, and to the staff of VNA Care Hospice of Worcester, especially Sharon, all of whom so lovingly and gently cared for Dick. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to St. Peter’s Parish Rectory, 929 Main St., Worcester, MA 01610 or Auburn Fire and Rescue, 47 Auburn St., Auburn, MA 01501.

Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Dick’s family between the hours of 5:00 to 7:00 PM on Friday June 12, 2020 - which would have been his 93rd birthday - at the BRITTON-WALLACE FUNERAL HOME, 91 Central St., Auburn. His funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 AM on Saturday June 13, 2020 at St. Peter’s Church, 935 Main St., Worcester. Appropriate social distancing measures will be taken and masks will be required upon entering the funeral home and church. Burial will be with his wife, at Hillside Cemetery in Auburn.

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  • Visitation

    Friday, June 12th, 2020 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Friday, June 12th, 2020 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Britton-Wallace Funeral Home
    91 Central Street
    AUBURN, MA 01501
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    Social distancing measures will be taken and face masks are required upon entering the funeral home.
  • Service

    Saturday, June 13th, 2020 | 10:00am
    Saturday, June 13th, 2020 10:00am
    Saint Peter's Church of Worcester
    929 Main Street
    WORCESTER, MA 01610
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    Social distancing measures will be taken and face masks are required upon entering the church.
  • Interment

    Hillside Cemetery of Auburn
    65 Central Street
    AUBURN, MA 01501
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Private Condolence

Gary Burnett

Posted at 10:09pm
I enjoyed being his neighbor and being friends with Micheal ,we had some good times,my maiden name was Cynthia Hamilton.

Tommy Lynch

Posted at 05:33pm
Rich, Mike and family, your Dad was such a good guy. I feel truly lucky to have known him.

Jeff Ulevich

Posted at 09:20am
Hands down one of the best of us all.
Peaceful rest to you Uncle Richard. Enjoy your reward for a life so well lived. You guidance, compassion, concern and love have helped shepherd so many of us. I just hope I made you feel close to as important as you always made me feel.
Thank you for being part of my story and letting me be a very small part of your's.
I Love you Uncle Richard!

sharon narel

Posted at 10:59am
Mary, I am sorry to hear of your Dads passing. I am sure he is dancing with your Mom now. Hold onto all your memories and he as well as your mom will always be in your heart- Sharon Narel

Bridget Howrigan Rivet

Posted at 10:46am
Rich, Mary and Mike, my sincere condolences on the loss of your Dad. he always had a twinkle in his eye! Bridget

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