Conrad P. Richard
Conrad P. Richard
  • May 19, 1924 - July 14, 2017
  • Acushnet, Massachusetts

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Conrad P. Richard, 93, of Acushnet, passed away peacefully with family by his side on Friday, July 14, 2017. He was the son of the late Evariste and Anna (Lacourse) Richard, and the beloved husband of Shirley (Silver) Richard, with whom he shared 66 years of marriage.

Mr. Richard graduated from New Bedford High School in 1942 and served as an Aviation Fire Controlman in the United States Navy during WWII. After completing his military service, he attended the New Bedford Institute of Technology and the Rhode Island School of Design.

Early in his career, Mr. Richard moved to Detroit, Michigan, where he worked for General Motors Company's Truck and Coach Division as a Research and Development Engineer. It was as a professor at Henry Ford Community College in Dearborn, Michigan where he discovered his love for teaching.

Upon relocating home, Mr. Richard was a professor of engineering for over thirty years at UMASS Dartmouth and served as the Chairman of the Departments of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering. He was a founding partner of GH&R Engineering in New Bedford and Dartmouth Cranberry. Always keen to apply his engineering knowledge to real-life situations, he co-authored several technical reports on the New Bedford fishing industry and designed mechanical equipment for harvesting and processing cranberries.

Mr. Richard was a Registered Professional Engineer and a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and a member of the American Legion Post #166 in Fairhaven for 68 years. He enjoyed spending time with his family, friends, neighbors, and colleagues and was always on hand to help them work through a conundrum - engineering or otherwise. He will be remembered for his intelligence and generosity, his love of local seafood and saltwater fishing, and his countless tales of adventure.

He is survived by his wife; three daughters, Susan Amaral and her husband Keith of Fairhaven, Kari Richard and her companion Brian Thomasett of East Freetown, and Janet M. Borges and her husband Fred of Acushnet; grandchildren, Valerie Stanwood and her husband Thomas of Raynham, Bradley Amaral and his wife Mary Beth of Acushnet, Keith Amaral, Jr. and his wife Heather of East Greenwich, RI, and Melanie Jarvis; as well as several nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Conrad Richard '48 may be sent to: UMass Dartmouth Foundation, 285 Old Westport Road, Dartmouth, MA 02747. These funds will go to support student scholarships at UMass Dartmouth.

His services are private and under the direction of the WARING-SULLIVAN HOME at FAIRLAWN. For online tribute