We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Downing Cottage Funeral Chapel
Richard Lewis Tellier of Marshfield passed away on August 21, 2022, in Hingham, surrounded by his loving family.
He grew up in Quincy Point on 5th Avenue. His parents were the late James Tellier and Clara (Stefanini) Tellier. Richard graduated from Sacred Heart High School in Weymouth and was a proud graduate of Boston College. Throughout his life, Richard’s passion was playing sports. While playing basketball in high school, he was the highest scorer in the South Shore Catholic League. He was known as a great shooter and rebounder; teammates noted that during his senior year, there was “no better player on the South Shore—he was that good.”. He also played intramural basketball at Boston College and recreational baseball. One of Richard’s professors at Boston College commented on his excellent baseball skills when he looked out of the class window that Richard was skipping. Richard stayed in touch with his Sacred Heart High School classmates and enjoyed their lasting friendships and reunions. He worked in store management for many years for businesses such as Sears, Lechmere, and Casual Male. Richard told many stories of his days in retail and enjoyed reminiscing through the years. Though the best story is that he met his future wife, Gail, while working at Casual Male.
Richard was married to the love of his life Gail Ruth (Davis) Tellier, for 35 years. He had a wonderful life with Gail—full of activities like camping, biking, and concerts. A special memory included taking two trips to Jamaica together.
He was the devoted father of Joy Lynch and husband Tom, Rodney Tellier, Richard Tellier, Brittany Francis and husband Michael, Jillian O’Sullivan and husband Kevin. He was a loving grandfather to Nicholas Lynch and Nathan O’Sullivan. He is also survived by his brother Ronald Tellier and sister-in-law Joyce Davis and brother-in-law Gary Davis.
Richard loved music and was an avid reader—two traits he passed down to his children.
Brittany fondly recalls her dad waking up with her at 5:00 a.m. every weekday to drive her to Boston for her classes at Emerson College. They would pop their favorite CDs in and belt out the lyrics to their favorite songs.
He shared a love of mystery novels with his daughter Jillian. Jill enjoyed hanging out with her dad, whether they were at softball practice, watching movies while sharing their favorite candies—licorice and Jujubees, or when he was helping her with math homework and school projects.
Richard enjoyed spending time with Ricky, Joy, and Rodney. They spent many summers camping at Nickerson State Park, went to the annual St. Anthony’s feast in Boston on Labor Day weekends, and attended multiple Boston sporting events. He took Joy to see the band Chicago with her five friends on her twelfth birthday.
Richard loved his two grandsons, Nicholas and Nathan. Nicholas inherited his love for all sports from his Grandpa. He enjoyed his new grandson baby Nathan’s sweet smile and playfulness, and dreamed of Nathan’s future playing for the Boston Celtics.
Richard was outgoing, kind, and had an uncanny memory. He loved to laugh, had a heart of gold, and will be missed by all who had the privilege of meeting him.
Services will be private. Memorial donations can be made to Pat Roche Hospice Home, 120 Longwater Drive, Norwell, MA 02061.