In Memory

Richard Guerin

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05/19/13 05:30 PM #1    

Dianne May (Stoehrer)

Taken from his obituary in the Lawrence Eagle Tribune

Richard J. Guerin, 59, died December 20, 2004 at Caritas Holy Family Hospital in Methuen.

He was a store manager at F.W. Woolworth’s in Lawrence and Lowell for 30 years.

Born in Lawrence, Mr. Guerin attended schools in Andover.

He served in the Navy during the Vietnam War.  He was a member of Sacred Heart Church in Lawrence.

He lives his wife of 36 years, Mrs. Marie E. (LaPointe) Guerin of Lawrence; daughters Kim M. Toupin and her husband Michael of Salem, NH, and Melinda K. Avolio and her husband Drew of Haverhill; sisters, Geraldine Warren of Las Vegas, Joyce Kisiel and Rosemary Mills both of FL, four grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

08/09/13 02:36 AM #2    

Ronald Keith

Richard Guerin without a doubt was my best friend in High School. His family are and were remarkable people who treated me like a part of their family. Dick and I would spend lots of time at his home playing board games or chess. Now I can understand getting my butt whooped at chess but I could never beat him at Monopoly. I remember overhearing his mom telling him to let me win once in awhile. That didn’t make me feel any better at the time. I think he cheated. I just could never figure how?

There are lots of other stories concerning the decimation of frogs using high power rifles. And wild rides in pickup trucks on backcountry roads, but the best story is a trip to Lawrence from Andover in a blizzard on foot. Dick convinced me we should walk over to Lawrence and get a "Philly Cheese Steak". Sounded good to me so off we went. We reached our destination and the sandwich was really terrific. The trip back was a bit like Napoleon’s Retreat. We were passing a Honeywell office and I said let’s just duct into the entryway and get warm before we keep going. Seemed like a perfectly good idea at the time until the security guard came through and asked "you guys are working late". We nodded our heads in the affirmative. Must have not looked convincing because he then demanded ID. We bolted for the door and never stopped until we were back in Andover. I can still hear the security guard yelling "come on back you guys, you are going to get me fired"

The last time I met Dick was after meeting his dad at the McDonalds restaurant in Andover. It was a chance meeting and I recognized his dad immediately. He said I should call Dick and I did. I met his family and enjoyed some time in their outdoor pool.

My condolences and sentiment of he will be missed to the family.

Ron Keith

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