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“Richard is still strumming that guitar and singing in a low voice not far from the pool table. Talked with him on doing a tune in front of everyone,...Read More »
1 of 35 | Posted by: Paul Shew - Franklin, MA

“Rich was the most passionate gentlemen for Truth and Peace that I have ever had the pleasure to know. I am proud to have had him as friend. The...Read More »
2 of 35 | Posted by: RJ Nadeau - Milford, MA - Friend

“Rich joined our peace vigil in Waltham in 2007. He was an inspiration. I've never met anyone else with such a whole-hearted commitment to peace and...Read More »
3 of 35 | Posted by: Sue Burkart - Waltham, MA

Ward 8 results in 2001. The voters lost that day. “Rich was one of the most intelligent, friendly and humble people I have ever known. His passionate advocacy for liberty was delivered with a...Read More »
4 of 35 | Posted by: Dan MacKenzie - WALTHAM, MA

“Rich as we stand with heavy hearts , May your family find solace in knowing you were loved by many . When I hear your name, I will not bow my head...Read More »
5 of 35 | Posted by: Cheryl McCarthy - Franklin, MA

“One evening last year Richard was playing his guitar and singing very softly at the Franklin R&G Club. He took a break, and it was a chance to speak...Read More »
6 of 35 | Posted by: Paul Shew - Franklin, MA

“To the family of Richard P. Aucoin. My family sends their deepest sympathy to you. Our thoughts and prayers goes out to you. ”
7 of 35 | Posted by: Nancy Young - East Cleveland, OH

“I wish to extend my condolences to the Aucoin Family and all who will miss this great human being. The world will miss his joy of living and his...Read More »
8 of 35 | Posted by: Janet Aldrich - Hamilton, MA

“What a breathtaking setting Joyce Funeral Home provided for our family to grieve. So beautiful with so many special touches. Thank you. ”
9 of 35 | Posted by: Julie Ladner - Malden, MA

“I was shocked and saddened by the news of Rich's passing. We spent many afternoons picking guitar at the club. He was so easy to like. He will be...Read More »
10 of 35 | Posted by: Bill Trainor - Wrentham, MA

“I met Rich just after joining the Franklin Rod and Gun Club in 2010. He contacted me, as a new member, to work some service hours at one of the semi...Read More »
11 of 35 | Posted by: Chuck Benziger - Mansfield, MA

“Rich was the baby of our family. He was the healthiest and always happy. I recently asked him why he was so happy all the time, and he said he had...Read More »
12 of 35 | Posted by: Julie Ladner - Malden, MA

“I will miss you dearly Richard. You were a real patriot, and I will never forget you. ”
13 of 35 | Posted by: Leo Tozian - Franklin, MA

“Rich was great to work with. He was extremely competent, helpful, and liked his job. My condolences to his family. ”
14 of 35 | Posted by: David Kay - Reading, MA

“We are so sorry to hear of Rich's passing. Our family has lost a truly special person and Heaven has gained an extraordinary Angel. Our hearts and...Read More »
15 of 35 | Posted by: Phil and Susan D'Olimpio - MA

“I knew Rich through gatherings of like-minded activists concerned about peace, freedom, and truth in media. Rich was very involved with preserving...Read More »
16 of 35 | Posted by: James Perloff - Burlington, MA

Rich and Carla at 2000 US Senate Election Night party where he received an award for his activism. “Rich was a political soul mate of mine and an extraordinarily talented, generous, fun, loving and kind man. I so appreciate the passion and...Read More »
17 of 35 | Posted by: Carla Howell - Springfield, VA

“Richard is the heart and soul of our family. He could never make anyone mad, no matter what he said. He was always happy, and had a bounce in his...Read More »
18 of 35 | Posted by: Julie Ladner - Malden, MA

“To Rich's parents, Family and friendsI give you all my sincere condolences. I knew Rich through the 9/11 truth movement. I first met him about 12...Read More »
19 of 35 | Posted by: Joseph Lopisi - Arlington, MA

“I consider myself lucky to know Rich. He was an excellent man, a man of great passion, and a real mensch. I wish we had many more of his kind, the...Read More »
20 of 35 | Posted by: Joshua Ashenberg - Friend

“I met Rich through our common work in citizenship. Rich was an inspiration and a tireless, honest, trustworthy, non-stoppable, ethical, generous...Read More »
21 of 35 | Posted by: pf soto - Cambridge, MA - Friend

Rich was always proud of living in the city the REALLY launched the American Revolution (Google it) “My dearest friend: I know now as irascible as you could be, it was always born out of the love of and vision for lasting peace. I, we, will carry...Read More »
22 of 35 | Posted by: Susan Serpa - Worcester, MA

“Richard always seemed to be a deep thinker. He always seemed to have a way of becoming introspective. When I knew him he was older than me. He always...Read More »
23 of 35 | Posted by: Anthony Esper - Boston, MA

“Denise, we are so sorry to hear of Rich's passing. He was truly one of the good guys. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family at this...Read More »
24 of 35 | Posted by: Donna Zagami - W. Newton, MA

“I am shocked and saddened to hear of Rich's sudden passing. Although I hadn't seen him for nearly a year, we spent a lot of time together working in...Read More »
25 of 35 | Posted by: John Garrett - Woburn, MA

“I'll miss you forever, my dear brother. I don't know how i will live the rest of my life without you in it. ”
26 of 35 | Posted by: Denise Annunciata - Framingham, MA

“Denise and family, so saddened about the passing of your brother Richard. I'm sure Heaven needed another angel. Although I hadn't seen him in years...Read More »
27 of 35 | Posted by: Janice LeFort-Phillipo - MA

“I knew him as "Orange Man" and as an outspoken lover of Freedom, Liberty and the Bill of Rights, but reading his Obituary he was all that and so much...Read More »
28 of 35 | Posted by: Christopher Pinto - Worcester, MA

“Rich was amazing activist for Liberty, championing the Constitution, and defending our Bill of Rights.Rich's guidance based on principle was...Read More »
29 of 35 | Posted by: Brad Wyatt - Boylston, MA

“I didn't get to know Rich very well, but I'll always remember how he never came in to work without saying hello and a "how are ya" and he never left...Read More »
30 of 35 | Posted by: Tyler Girard-Meli - Woburn, MA

“Rich was not a candle but a torch of truth, justice and deep decency. Thank you for enriching our lives, Rich. You have well earned a better one. ...Read More »
31 of 35 | Posted by: Robert Cable - Somerville, MA

“I met Rich at the Franklin Rod & Gun Club.His passing is difficult to understand. I'm grateful I got to spend time with him, laughing, joking around,...Read More »
32 of 35 | Posted by: John GRiffiths - Lincoln, RI

“We are truly saddened by the loss of Richard. Sending thoughts, prayers and love. Michael, Bunny and family. ”
33 of 35 | Posted by: Cecilia LaVangie - Abington, MA

“I knew Rich from the Franklin Rod and Gun club. When I joined he was the first member to come up to me and introduce himself. From that moment he and...Read More »
34 of 35 | Posted by: Gregory Weir - Franklin, MA

“Rich was always helping out. I will give one example that i have never forgotten. One winter day when Rich was living in an apt on Emmons St. in...Read More »
35 of 35 | Posted by: Bob Wheeler - Franklin, MA

Richard P. Aucoin, 56, died unexpectedly on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at his home in Worcester. A native of Waltham, Rich also had roots in Franklin where he lived for seven years, and more recently, Worcester had become home. Rich had a multitude of friends from many walks of life because he was someone anyone would be blessed to call their friend. All those who had the pleasure of knowing Rich were made instantly comfortable with, or comforted by, his genuine and caring nature; sometimes with the words he spoke, and sometimes simply with the warmth of his presence. He was someone you could always depend on to be there with a helping hand or a ready smile, whenever it was needed. A true humanitarian, Rich generously, and silently, distributed his time and money to anyone in need.

Born in Waltham on February 14, 1962, Rich was the last child of the late Edmond F. and Lillian D. (D'Olimpio) Aucoin. Rich attended St. Charles School, South Junior High and graduated from Waltham Vocational High School and I.T.T. Technical Institute. He worked for Speedline Technologies in Franklin for 21 years. Following that, he became a long-time contractor of Pro Source Inc., and was most recently placed as a CAD Engineer at Terrafugia Corporation in Woburn, where he was held in high esteem for his integral role on their flying car composite design team. He assumed that challenge with his "own brand of quiet determination", professionalism and dedication.

In addition to being a treasured friend, brother and uncle to so many, Rich was dedicated to the preservation of freedom and was a two-time recipient of the Lights of Liberty Award by the Advocates for Self-Government. He delivered dozens of speeches at high schools and colleges across Massachusetts, including the Kennedy School of Government and the Cambridge School of Weston. Since 1998, Rich was one of Massachusetts' busiest antiwar and civil liberties warriors, supporting dozens of local, legislative, congressional and presidential campaigns, including Massachusetts Oath Keepers, aimed at reducing government abuse of power. Rich was also passionate about restoring peace. In 2006, he spearheaded a successful legislative ballot measure the 10th Middlesex House District which instructed then, Democratic State Representative Peter Koutoujian, to sponsor a resolution demanding Congress to bring home the troops from the undeclared wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Committed to making a difference, Rich also ran for several public offices. In 2002, he was the Libertarian candidate for Lt. Governor of Massachusetts. On a platform of taxpayer justice, he ran, twice, for Waltham City Council. In 2011, Rich also ran for the Franklin Board of Health working to end forced fluoride medication in the town's drinking water. Most recently, he was known as "Orange Man" in the City of Worcester for his efforts with Act Now Worcester that supported a civil rights resolution guaranteeing full Bill of Rights protection for all, regardless of race, creed or color. He was also a frequent guest speaker on the Peter Blute Show on WCRN.

In his work towards peace and justice, Rich was steadfast and lived by the words of Rosa Parks: "We had no way of knowing that all our hard work and struggle would eventually pay off; we just kept putting one foot in front the other." By doing so, Rich created quite a long path of footprints that will be long-remembered and hard to follow.

Aside from investing his time in his passion for peace, justice and ever-present activism, Rich enjoyed mountain biking, Friday nights with friends at the Franklin Rod & Gun Club, music of all kinds, playing his guitar anytime and anywhere, and simply being active, whether it was playing Frisbee with his nieces and nephews or pushing his great-nieces and nephews on the swings in the exciting way only Uncle Rich could do, and spending time with his family and so many close friends.

He was the kind of son, nephew, cousin, brother and uncle anyone would be lucky to have. He was predeceased by his parents and older brother, Bernard F. Aucoin. He was the beloved "little" brother of Julie R. Ladner and her husband, Richard of Malden, Denise M. Annunciata and her husband, James of Framingham, Gerard J. Aucoin and his wife, Helene (Provencher) of Waltham; and brother-in-law of Angela (Zagami) Aucoin of Concord. He was the cherished Godfather and uncle of Darlene (Aucoin) Umina and her husband, Andy. He was the beloved and ever-youthful uncle of Matthew Ladner, Brian Ladner and his wife, Mandy, David Ladner and his wife, Aimee, Katie (Aucoin) Magni and her husband, Danny, Thomas Aucoin, Georgette Aucoin, Alicia Annunciata, Amy Annunciata and Louise Provencher. He was the super-fun, full-of-surprises, great-uncle of ten adoring great-nieces and nephews, ages eighteen months to ten years.

Family and friends will honor and remember Rich's life by gathering for calling hours in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), Waltham on Friday, February 23rd from 4 to 8 p.m. and again at 10 a.m. Saturday morning, before leaving in procession to the Andover Newton Theological School – Wilson Chapel at 234 Herrick Rd, Newton Centre where his Funeral Service will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Burial will be private.

A period of memory sharing will begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the funeral home.

Memorials in Rich's name may be made to the American Heart Association ( and The Soup Kitchen at John Street Baptist Church (