Richard ShannonJanuary 04,2014
BARRE — Richard Shannon, 86, of North Billerica, Mass., passed away Dec. 28, 2013, at Life Care Center of Billerica, after a 10-year battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
Richard was born in Barre, Vt., July 16, 1927, to Arthur and Alice (Lawliss) Shannon.
He graduated from Spaulding High School in 1945 before enlisting in the U.S. Navy. He served for two years, including a journey to the South Pole, led by Adm. Byrd as part of Operation Highjump on the USS Philippines Sea.
He worked as a radio man for the Vermont State Police and as an engineer with Sanders in Nashua, N.H. In 1966, he started working for M/A Com, until he retired as a systems engineer in 2003.
Richard was a Shriner and a 50-year member of the Masonic Lodge of Barre, Vt.
He enjoyed reading, history, travel and family reunions. He was a smart, funny and generous man to all he knew.
Richard is survived by his wife of 43 years, Jean (Robb) Shannon. He was the beloved father of three daughters, Debra LeBlanc and her husband, Christopher, of Chelmsford, Mass., and Kristi and Amy Shannon, of North Billerica. He was also the proud grandfather of Ava and Sean LeBlanc.
He was the oldest of seven, whom he always looked out for, including Howard Shannon and his wife, Patricia, of Phoenix, Ariz., Donald Shannon and his wife, Kathleen, of Barre, Vt., Earlene Blais, of Barre, Vt., John Shannon and his wife, Joyce, of New Hartford, N.Y., and Barbara Shannon, of Barre, Vt. He was predeceased by his youngest brother, Michael Shannon, of Concord, N.H. He was also a doting “Uncle Dickie” to many nieces and nephews.
A funeral will be held this spring in Barre, Vt. The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, you please make a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association.
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