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Richard Pierce
  • October 21, 1954
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  • April 06, 2020

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Richard Merlin Pierce, of North Ft. Myers, FL, passed away peacefully on April 6, 2020, with his loving wife by his side. He was 65 years old. Richard was born in La Rochelle, France, on October 21, 1954, to Merlin Gerald Pierce and Jacqueline Cecile (Didier) Pierce.  

Richard was born into a military family in France. He lived in France, Germany and Ethiopia as well as Louisiana and New York before his parents settled in North Haven, CT. There, he completed high school and one year at Quinnipiac University before making a career in the railroad industry. He later moved to Southwick and Granville, MA.  

Richard spent 41 years working for multiple railroad companies and specialized in fixing derailments in Massachusetts, Connecticut and parts of New York. He worked for Penn Central, Conrail, Amtrak and retired from CSX in 2014. He was the former owner of The Cleaning Wizards in Westfield, MA.  

In 2014, Richard and his wife, Marla, retired to Myrtle Beach and later moved to North Ft. Myers, FL, in 2018. He was an RV enthusiast and loved exploring. He and Marla visited 47 of the U.S. states and the Canadian Maritimes in their 5th wheel RV. He was especially fond of Maine for its beauty, lobster and blueberries. He also loved to kayak.

Richard was a member of Heron’s Glen Men’s Golf Association, Heron’s Glen Softball team and a former member of Heron’s Glen Couples Bocce League. He played goalie for Quinnipiac University for the 1973-74 season. He also played on numerous travel hockey teams in Connecticut and in numerous championship playoffs in the northeast and Canada until his late 50’s. He played on numerous travel men’s softball teams in Connecticut and resumed playing in Florida after a 20-year hiatus. He played on both the Heron’s Glen team and Over 50 Men’s League in Ft. Myers. Richard was also an avid golfer in Massachusetts, Myrtle Beach and North Ft. Myers.

Richard is survived by his wife, Marlene “Marla Meehan” Pierce of North Ft. Myers, FL; daughter, Chelsea Sopet (Robert) of Feeding Hills, MA; stepdaughter, Sabrina Bull and her son Max, (preceded in death in 2011 by their mother Carol Pierce) of Westfield, MA; stepsons, Matthew Meehan (Lindsay Carvalho) of Chester, NH and Patrick Meehan (Patricia Pope) of Oxford, MA; sisters, Patricia Pierce of Brookfield, CT and Claudia Rusk (Lawrence) of Crestwood, KY; one niece and four nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to Hope Hospice, 2430 Diplomat Pkwy, Cape Coral, FL 33909.

It was Rich’s final wish that family and friends do not gather in his name during the current pandemic.

Funeral services will be held at a later date.

Instead of flowers, the family would prefer if you would make a donation to
Hope Hospice, 2430 Diplomat Pkwy, Cape Coral, FL 33909

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  1. Barry and Pam Bush says:
    21 Oct 2020
    Well, Rich, it’s been awhile, you and Marla, and the fur babies came into our lives and then you were gone . But in spirit you’re still with us , quiet and unassuming. I miss that.

  2. Enrico lit a candle:
    21 Apr 2020
    Lit since April 21, 2020 at 4:56:45 AM

  3. Bea Bové says:
    20 Apr 2020
    My dear Marla, I know and trust that Our Lord and Richard will be watching over you each day. Sending you a heart filled with love.

  4. Bill & Pam Bedore says:
    20 Apr 2020
    The last time we all talked at any length, was at the ball teams fan appreciation gathering. It was evident Rich was in discomfort, but we marveled at his continued sense of humor. Our thought are now turned to you Marla, as we wish good health & what ever happiness you can find in your he future!

  5. Linda Robinson says:
    19 Apr 2020
    Rest In Peace Rich. “Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some stay for a while, leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never, ever the same.” Flavia
    Thanks for the footprints Rich.

  6. Karen Carvalho says:
    15 Apr 2020
    Rich was a kind, sweet man! I admired and respected him, as I knew what a loving husband he was to Marla. Rich will be missed by many!

    Karen Carvalho

  7. Lindsay Carvalho lit a candle:
    14 Apr 2020
    Lit since April 14, 2020 at 4:18:59 PM

  8. Lindsay Carvalho says:
    14 Apr 2020
    Rich was such an amazing man and a very kind father-in-law to me. Matt and I are missing him terribly and are thinking of everyone else who was touched by his life too.

  9. Dave & Kathy Kenney says:
    13 Apr 2020
    Our prayers are with you during this very difficult time. Rich’s battle was valiant and we are certain he will be rewarded with eternal peace in paradise.

  10. Dave & Kathy Kenney lit a candle:
    13 Apr 2020
    Lit since April 13, 2020 at 4:37:00 PM

  11. Mary Koenig says:
    12 Apr 2020
    I can't express how sad we are for you and how hard we prayed for Rich to beat his disease. You were both such a gift to me when I was going thru Paul's cancer. Though my problems were small compared to yours, you both gave me insight and a shoulder to lean on. I hope my prayers helped at the end

  12. Frank and Penny Dellojoio says:
    12 Apr 2020
    Our hearts are broken. Rich was a wonderful friend and we are proud and grateful to have had him as our dear friend. Our lives were enriched with the happy, warm friendly and welcoming, and helpful ness. We will forever miss him. Rest In Peace, dear Rich.

  13. Marla lit a candle:
    11 Apr 2020
    Lit since April 11, 2020 at 4:03:05 PM

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