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Richard Paul Hamel

November 08, 1930 ~ November 14, 2021

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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Leslie Searl

November 15, 2021, 10:59 pm

Adele Ruthie Jane and families
So sorry for your loss you have our sincere condolences and know you’re in our thoughts and prayers
Les and Patty

Patricia M Brokaw

November 16, 2021, 11:48 pm

Adele,Ruth,Jane and family me and Carolyn and max would like to extend our sincere sympathy

Gerry Hamel

November 16, 2021, 11:49 pm

I was saddened to hear of the death of my cousin and friend Dick Hamel; but I he was a good and very kind soul and fortunate to have lived a long life.
My condolences to Adele and his entire family.

Tom & Sandra Perrault

November 17, 2021, 12:35 pm

Adele – We were so sorry to hear about Dick. Tom and Sandra Perrault

Susan Hamel

November 17, 2021, 12:40 pm

My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

Bruce Stevens

November 17, 2021, 7:10 pm

Dick will be sorely missed by family and friends! He was a very nice man and extremely kind father in law!
May he Rest In Peace!

Ann Hamel

November 18, 2021, 2:49 am

In our house, Dickandadele was one word. Never one without the other and so my first thought is that I cannot imagine a world with them separated. Uncle Dick was a man of integrity, humble, and kind. Heaven has gained a good man this week and he will be missed greatly. My heart goes out to Aunt Adele, Ruth, Jane, and their families. I will mourn this loss, but I will also celebrate a life well-lived.

John and Mary Lynch

November 19, 2021, 11:43 pm

So very sorry for your loss of this great guy. The Lynch Families of Haverhill are sending prayers and hugs your way.

Edward Thomas Bourque

November 23, 2021, 12:59 am

sorry for your loss. dick hamel sent a very nice letter a number of years back when my father passed. Roy henry bourque. I remember it and it was nice of him. He was my godfather and my father was friends with him growing up and talked very highly of him.

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