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“My deepest sympathies to your family. I only learned recently of Mr. Fennell'sI can't see myself using any other titlepassing. I have fond memories...Read More »
1 of 24 | Posted by: John Felleman - Arlington, VA

“I am sorry to hear abouth the loss of Dr. Fennell. My condolonces to the family members. I have worked for Dr. Fennell for 2 years and have nothing...Read More »
2 of 24 | Posted by: Eric Ghazaryan - South Yarmouth, MA

“Our condolences to the family of Mr. Fennell. Our family lived nearby in South Chatham and we admired the investment he made in Harwich from Thompson...Read More »
3 of 24 | Posted by: Martha Muldoon Marquand - Harwich, MA

“Dick always had a warm smile for me when we ran into each other. My condolences to you, Shirley, and your family. ”
4 of 24 | Posted by: Ralph Diamond - West Harwich, MA

“So sorry for your loss Shirley. He was a good man. ”
5 of 24 | Posted by: stephen wallace - Westminster, MA

“Shirley and Linda and the rest of the Fennell extended family, I am so sorry for your loss. My condolences, thoughts and prayers go out to you. I...Read More »
6 of 24 | Posted by: Ward Brown - Chatham, MA

“My thoughts and sympathies are with the entire Fennell family. I went to Brandeis with David and have fond memories of Dr. Fennell and family. The...Read More »
7 of 24 | Posted by: Drew Brodsky - Osterville, MA

“Mrs Fennell, Linda, Susan and Family. I am so sorry for your loss. When I think of Dr Fennell, I see a vision of a man with so much energy. He...Read More »
8 of 24 | Posted by: Charlie Tenney - Sandwich

“Dr Fennell was bright light. He was a man who challenged you and forced you to be better. I feel honored to have known him. My sincere sympathy...Read More »
9 of 24 | Posted by: Christopher J Morser - New York, NY

“I just wanted to say how sorry I am for your lost. I knew Dr Fennell from working at his house in Dennis and the condos in Harwich and every time I...Read More »
10 of 24 | Posted by: Don Hebert - cotuit, MA

“Remembering Dick - I always likened Dick to a Grand Oak tree, a tree which over all the years has stood upright at a central point in a community, a...Read More »
11 of 24 | Posted by: Hon. Francis J. Larkin & Family - MA

“Dear Shirley, Linda, and Family, Sorry to hear about Doctor Fennell. He did more for my children and me then I can even express. I will always hold...Read More »
12 of 24 | Posted by: Jim Boucher - San Diego, CA

“Shirley & girls-We were so sorry to learn of Dick's passing and your loss. As you know, we have so many fond memories of Wychmere that we share. ...Read More »
13 of 24 | Posted by: Jim & Donna Cox - Harwichport, MA

“I wish to express my deepest condolences and sympathy to the family at this sad time. ”
14 of 24 | Posted by: Benjamin T. Nickerson - Chatham, MA

“Dear Shirley, Linda, Tricia and Kathy, Dick has a special place in my heart. His hug brightened up my day! My prayers for strength and healing. love...Read More »
15 of 24 | Posted by: Noopur Raje - Newton, MA

“We will always remember Dick with Happy Smiles...that's how he was when we got to see him. Just a very down to Earth Lovable guy that I don't know...Read More »
16 of 24 | Posted by: Virginia Buccaroni - Orange, MA

“My deepest sympathy to the family for their loss. Dr. Fennell gave me opportunities that I will never forget. He believed in me. God bless. ”
17 of 24 | Posted by: Clara Lee - Wayland, MA

“Dear Shirley and family so sorry for your loss. Dick was a wonderful man so genuine and always had a smile. He will be missed by all who new him...Read More »
18 of 24 | Posted by: Becky Coffey - owensboro, KY

“with deepest sympathy and prayers to Shirley, and Dick's extended family. Dick's kindness, demeanor and intelligence will be missed at the College...Read More »
19 of 24 | Posted by: gary kerr - somers, CT

“Shirley, Some time has passed but the memories are still there. We will miss him and we will pray for both you and Dick.Remember those early days at...Read More »
20 of 24 | Posted by: Bill and Bev Cullinane - Chatham, MA

“Dick Fennell gave me an opportunity to develop talents I never knew I had He rewarded hard work and loyalty with generosity and encouragement. He...Read More »
21 of 24 | Posted by: joe wall - mt pleasant, SC

“Out thoughts and prayers are with the family. Thank you for making our neighborhood a beautiful place to live ”
22 of 24 | Posted by: Bill Burton - East Dennis, MA

“The warmth and love my uncle Dick shared with his family was amazing. He genuinely adored them, treasuring every moment. He was a wonderful, down to...Read More »
23 of 24 | Posted by: Bonnie DiBacco - Billerica, MA

“It was a pleasure to have know and been a employee of Dr. Fennell and the Fennell family.Dr. Fennell's leadership, guidance and wisdom had a...Read More »
24 of 24 | Posted by: Bruce Pelczarski - Mashpee, MA


Weston – Mr. J. Richard Fennell, of Weston, East Dennis and Palm Beach, Florida passed away peacefully on July 4th. He was 84 years old.

Dick is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Shirley (Forest) Fennell; his four daughters, Linda M. Fennell of Weston, Kathleen M. Fennell and her wife, Victoria, of Weston, Patricia A. Mordas and her husband, Michael, of Wellesley and Susan E. Forest of Santa Barbara, California and his grandchildren, Nicholas Shea, Alexandra Khoury, Samantha Khoury, Lindsay McEachern, Meghan McEachern, Caitlin Shea, Sophie Fennell, Olivia Fennell and Alexa Mordas.

He was the father of the late David F. Fennell and brother of the late Edward Fennell and Harriet Fennell.

Born on April 7, 1931 in Waltham, he was the son of the late Helen and Edward Fennell. A 1949 graduate of Waltham High, Dick went on to receive his bachelor's degree and master's degree in science from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy in 1954 and 1956. After earning his Ph.D. in pharmaceutical chemistry from Purdue University in 1958 Dick worked at Johnson and Johnson followed by McNeil Laboratories, becoming head of pharmaceutical development and clinical production.

After purchasing Moran Pharmaceuticals in Cambridge in 1964 Dick transformed the business in 1968 to Bioran Medical Laboratory, specializing in clinical laboratory testing for hospitals and physicians. Bioran Medical Laboratory would grow to become the largest independent clinical laboratory in New England. In 1994 Dick sold Bioran to Corning, Inc.

In 1982 Dick purchased Thompson's Clam Bar, Snow Inn and the Wychmere Harbor Club in Harwich Port, Cape Cod. He also went on to open Nick and Dick's Ice Cream, the Harbor Watch Room and Thompson's Farm Market.

Dick proudly served as a trustee of MCPHS University, as well as an overseer of the BSO and the MFA. Dick enjoyed being a member of the Weston Golf Club, Eastward Ho! Country Club in Chatham, the Dennis Yacht Club, as well as Club Colette and The Beach Club in Palm Beach, Florida.

Family and friends will honor and remember Dick's life by gathering for calling hours in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), Waltham on Wednesday, July 8th from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. and again on Thursday morning in Saint Julia's Church, 374 Boston Post Road, Weston where his Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Multiple Myeloma Research Fund, Mass. General Hospital, 55 Fruit Street, Boston, MA 02114.