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Richard M. Adley

1940 ~ 2021 (age 81)


Richard Myles Adley of Kingston, formerly of Hingham and West Yarmouth,died peacefully at home on Friday, October 22 at the age of 81, surrounded by his loving family.

Devoted husband of the late Joan Helen Frizzell.  Loving father to sons Richard Adley Jr. of Cohasset, Kevin Adley and his wife Caroline of Plymouth, Deborah King and her husband Matthew of Weymouth, Patrice McDermott and her husband Vincent of Braintree, Sharon Landers and her husband Thomas of Halifax. “Papa” was adored by his 11 grandchildren; Jessica Adley, Kevin Jr. and Bridget Adley, Meridith, Kaleigh and Shaelyn King, Sarah and Myles McDermott and Thomas, Dylan and Ryan Landers.

Born in South Boston and raised in Braintree, Richard was the son of the late Marion O. (Weaver) Adley and Frank A. Adley. Cherished brother of Frank Adley, Jean Fay and Patricia Lea all from Fl; Judy Kaplan of MA and M. Gail Castellano of RI.

Richard graduated Braintree High School, a star athlete and football captain, attended UMASS Amherst on scholarship. Marrying the love of his life and high school sweetheart, Joan, whom he met at the age of 14. They later went on to become Mr. and Mrs. B.H.S. Class of ’58, marriage, a beautiful home full of love and laughter; a true fairy tale dream. There is great comfort knowing they are reunited in Heaven both healthy and in each other’s arms once again.

For many years, Richard had incredible success owning and managing Travelers Transportation of Boston’s Seaport District, a national refrigerated foods distribution company. Later he became the owner and operator of Horsefeather’s Restaurant in Pembroke.

Always wanting to better himself, receiving his pilot’s license was one of his fondest achievements. The peace and solitude of flying was one of his greatest pleasures.

Amongst his greatest talents was becoming a master woodcarver. Richard’s town signs, quarter boards, pineapples, scallop shells, trunks, stools and many other designs have made hundreds of people cherish his unique pieces. We all hold a piece of him in so many ways. 

He loved traveling to North Conway to hike, hunt and canoe with his family, where there was always a story, whether true or a “long tale”. Holiday walks to Triphammer Pond in Hingham was a favorite along with his children and beloved grandchildren. Time spent in West Yarmouth at the beach and riding in his jeep are treasured moments for everyone. 

Richard never missed his grandchildren’s various sporting events, shows and concerts, no matter where or what the weather was. He was the loudest, most boisterous and supportive fan, somehow always front and center.  

Richard was the epitome of grace. Attentive, intuitive, with an uncanny perceptiveness, a true nature lover and a fighter to his last breath, he will be beyond incredibly missed by all those who loved and cared for him. 

In memory of Richard, if choose to do so, donations may be made to the Prader-Willi Syndrome Association at  or PWSA, 8588 Potter Park Drive, Suite 500, Sarasota, FL  34238.

A very special thank you to all the persons who tended to Richard and provided invaluable assistance to the family especially Erica Moore at Hospice of Massachusetts, whom we now consider family. This journey to eternal life could not have happened without your caring, professional manner and we are forever grateful to you. Bill Zuck and Bill Louie, words cannot express how significant your roles played with Richard’s well-being.  You both are true gems. Daisy, Luanne, Carleen, Dolly, and Yvette, you were our eyes and ears while caring for him. Thank you for treating our father with dignity, respect and love.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend visiting hours on Monday November 1, from 5pm-8pm, at the Downing Cottage Funeral Chapel, 21 Pond Street, Hingham (due to COVID protocols masks must be worn).  A funeral mass will be celebrated at St. Paul’s Church, 147 North Street, Hingham on Tuesday, November 2 at 10 a.m. burial to follow at St. Paul’s Cemetery.

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