Richard Paul Hamel, age 91, formerly of Haverhill, Massachusetts, died on November 14, 2021 in Vero Beach, Florida.
Richard was born on November 8, 1930 to the late Hazel Mary (Foisey) and Herbert Charles Hamel. He graduated from Saint John’s Preparatory School and Merrimack College. From 1951-1953, Richard served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
For the majority of his professional life, Richard worked for the family-owned business L.H. Hamel Leather Company located in Haverhill. He was a tanner and an executive there and when the family business closed he continued to be employed in the leather industry. As an executive, what he enjoyed most was his ability to help others, which was further reflected in his contributions to Community Action during the early years and as a Guardian ad Litem in his later years.
In 1992, he retired to Vero Beach with his wife Adele. They were married 62 years. Together with family and numerous friends, he enjoyed card games, beach walks, cruises, and watching the full moon rise from the ocean horizon. Those who enjoyed his friendship will remember him for his generosity, quiet sense of humor and a wonderful appreciation for life. Some will remember him for his love of poetry, others will remember him as an adventurous skier and some for his story-telling. A calm, humble and gentle soul, he will be dearly missed by his family and friends.
Richard is survived by his wife, Adele (Byron) Hamel; daughters, Ruth (Bruce) Stevens and Jane (Lawrence) Hamel-Lambert; sisters, Shirley (Harold) Wyman, Arlene Hamel, and Barbara Roche; grandchildren, Daniel Byron Lambert and Katherine Nicole Hamel; two great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his son, Stephen Paul Hamel and brothers, Herbert Charles Hamel, Jr. and Donald Hamel.
The family of Mr. Hamel would like to express their heartfelt appreciation to the nurses and staff of the VNA Hospice.
At the request of the family, there will be no services. In lieu of flowers, charitable contributions to agencies serving children, or to any other preferred charity, are appreciated.
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