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McNeill, Richard H.

Richard “Dick” Heustis McNeill, a resident of Roslindale for 87 years, died Wednesday, November 11th, 2009 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Brighton.  He was 90.  Dick was born March 12, 1919 in Medford, Massachusetts, the only child of Stanley Heustis and Hattie Elizabeth (Tucker) McNeill.  Richard served in the US Army during World War Two.  He earned his bachelor degree in business management from the Boston University School of Management.  Dick worked for Automotive Distributors Inc of Brighton from 1954 to 1977 and then worked as a clerk at the Suffolk Superior Courthouse until his retirement in 1993.  He was a former Boy Scout leader for Troop 3 in Roslindale, and an active member of the Roslindale Congregational Church where he served as a Sunday School Teacher, the Superintendant of the Sunday School, a Deacon, Trustee, Moderator, and member of the Rosco Club.  He is survived by his wife, Joan K. (Pearson); his son, Richard  J., and his wife Linda, of Franklin; two daughters, Patricia Finlayson, and her husband Rick, of Norwood, and Barbara Gatto of West Roxbury; and seven adored grandchildren, Kyle McNeill, Scott Gatto, Stacie and Deanna Finlayson, and David, Joshua, and Hannah McNeill.  Dick was the father of the late Charlene McNeill.  Visiting hours will be held Sunday, Nov 15 from 2-6 PM at the Folsom Funeral Home, 63 Belgrade Avenue, Roslindale.  His funeral will be Monday, November 16 at 10 AM at the Roslindale Congregational Church, 25 Cummins Highway, Roslindale followed by burial in Fairview Cemetery, Hyde Park.  In lieu of flowers donations to the Roslindale Congrgational Church, 25 Cummins Highway, Roslindale, MA 02131 or to the Geneva Point Center, 108 Geneva Point Road, Moultonboro, New Hampshire, 03254 would be appreciated.

Guestbook Entries

  1. james k pla
    November 13th, 2009 | 6:29 am

    i’m sad for all who new him
    he was a great man in my heart he made me feel that i was always part of the faimly his faimly from day one when we met
    my dad was lost early in life so i understand about missing your dad
    its a sad day to know he is gone

  2. Mr. & Mrs. David Franklin
    November 13th, 2009 | 9:32 pm

    Uncle Dick was a highly inteligent, very kind, sweet man in my minds eye and we will forever remember him that way. I will remember always the many many Thanksgivings and Christmases spent with my uncle, aunt, and cousins growing up and even long to return, sometimes, to one of those happy happy days. He was a wonderful man. We shall miss him greatly. My heart felt sympathies to Aunty Joan, Richie, Patty and Barbara as well as their spouses and kids.

  3. Pat Fay
    November 14th, 2009 | 11:15 am

    My heart is heavy with sorrow at Dick’s passing. I know that Joan and the family is very close and will pull together to help each other thru this sadness. Hold onto the fact that he is at peace now. He had lived a long and loving life.

  4. Robert M Lister
    November 14th, 2009 | 4:26 pm

    I knew him only slightly but could tell from many conversations with family and friends that he was a wonderful person who will be missed by many.
    Bob L

  5. ray and pat doeg
    November 15th, 2009 | 10:11 am

    I am sorry for your loss. Dick was a good man. You were both always very kind to us during our time in Roslindale. My mom is joining him on his journey. I am sure they will both be accepted and loved as much there and they were here

  6. Michelle Coakley-Quilty
    November 15th, 2009 | 11:34 am

    Patty and Family,
    So sorry for your loss. May cherished memories get you through this tough time. Thoughts and prayers with the entire family.

  7. Kathy Dion
    November 16th, 2009 | 9:54 am

    Patti,Barbara,Richie,extended Family

    My Thoughs & Prayers are with you all at this difficult

  8. Tom Weston Jr.
    November 16th, 2009 | 1:03 pm

    Dear Joan and family,

    Again, I express my sorrow at the passing of Dick McNeill. I am sorry I was not able to attend the service today. I remember Dick as a most caring, friendly, supportive, involved person who made your day better, just by sharing a greeting or a visit. All of our Winni community has been made more by his living and profoundly diminished in his passing. Prayers are with you all.

    With love,


  9. Hal & Barbara Shankle
    November 24th, 2009 | 2:42 pm

    Joan and Family

    Dick was a wonderful man–we loved him and will surely miss him. Our thoughts and prayers are with the you and the family

  10. Joe Natola
    March 16th, 2010 | 7:25 am

    To the McNeills,
    Just a quick note of sympathy to the entire family with the passing of Mr. McNeill. I remember him very fondly during our days as boy scouts growing up in Roslindale and the many visits during the holidays. Our prayers and thoughts are with everyone. Dick is now with both Marie and Carlo in a more peaceful place.

    Joe Natola

  11. Tony Natola
    March 16th, 2010 | 7:47 pm

    Heavy condolences to Mr. McNeill’s family. He was a cool guy.

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