Richard W. Packer

Date of Passing:

February 12, 2012

Packer, Richard, W., 87, of Alfred Drowne Road, died peacefully on Sunday February 12, 2012 at home surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of Lillian M. (Grish) Packer.

Born in Brooklyn, NY, a son of the late August O. and Anna G. (Riggs) Packer, he lived in Barrington for 58 years.

Mr. Packer was the former CEO of Dieges & Clust, a Providence based manufacturer of school rings and emblematic jewelry including the Heisman Trophy, The Congressional Medal of Honor, Major League Baseball Most Valuable Player Award and the Service Academy class rings.

Richard was a graduate of Holy Cross College Class of 1949 and Fordham University School of Law Class of 1952.

Mr. Packer was a communicant of St. Luke’s Roman Catholic Church where he was the chairman of the 1995 ‘Vision of Hope Campaign.’ He assisted with the Parish’s late Pastor Rev. William Jenkinson in the rebuilding of St. Luke’s Church.

Richard was Chairman of the Barrington School Committee from 1972-1976. He was a member of the Barrington Zoning Board of Review from 1981-1992. He was a member of the 1994 Barrington Charter Review Commission.

Mr. Packer was a member of the New York State Bar Association and former member of the 24 Karat Club of New York and the Providence University Club. He was a United States Army Veteran serving during World War II in Europe with the 104th Infantry Division. He was awarded the Purple Heart. He was commissioned in Fontain Bleau, France in 1945.

Besides his wife of 62 years, he is survived by his children; Dr. Thomas M. Packer D.M.D. and his wife Joanne of Wakefield, Donald J. Packer Esq. and his wife Mary Ann of Kingston, Bobbie Anne (Packer) Bentsen and her husband Paul of East Greenwich, Karen M. (Packer) Perry and her husband Dennis of Barrington, Richard A. Packer and his wife Cori of Westboro, MA, L. Clare (Packer) Bianco and her husband Christopher of Riverside, fourteen grandchildren and one great granddaughter.

His funeral will be held on Thursday February 16, 2012 from the W. RAYMOND WATSON FUNERAL HOME, 350 Willett Avenue, Riverside at 8:45 am with a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Luke Church, Washington Road, Barrington at 10 am. Burial with Military Honors will follow in Gate of Heaven Cemetery.

Calling hours are Wednesday 4-7 pm. Flowers are respectfully omitted. Contributions in Richard’s memory to the De LaSalle Christian Brothers, 635 Ocean Avenue, Narragansett, RI, 02882 would be deeply appreciated.

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