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“Our thoughts and prayers are with you in these moments of pain and heartache. We are sending you, your family and friends who are suffering this loss...Read More »
1 of 13 | Posted by: Frederic & Dena Parisot - Friend

“Dear Ruth and Family, I was so sorry to hear of Dick's passing.My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this very sad time.SincerelyMichelle...Read More »
2 of 13 | Posted by: Michelle McGwin - Bristol, NH

“Dear Ruth-- I am the classmate of Richard at Northeastern University who drove your wedding car from church to celebration--making a tough turn while...Read More »
3 of 13 | Posted by: A friend

“I am sorry to here of your lost my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family ”
4 of 13 | Posted by: James Pringle - Hyde park, MA

“Sorry to hear about your brother. He will be missed by all of you. Bernadene Haslam ”
5 of 13 | Posted by: A friend

“Richard's passing brings back a flood of memories of good times spent together. He was my husband Bob's best friend for all these years since they...Read More »
6 of 13 | Posted by: Bunny Morse - Englewood, FL

“My sympathy to the family. I had the honor of working with Richard at RH Stearn while I attended college. I can honestly say we was the kindest fair...Read More »
7 of 13 | Posted by: Richard Carlson - Yarmouth Port, MA

“Fred my friend. I once was reminded that there is no real death! What seems so is but a transition. My faith tells me that this life of mortal...Read More »
8 of 13 | Posted by: A friend

“AM VERY SORRY THAT YOU HAVE LOST YOUR BROTHER, FRED. IT GETS A LITTLE MORE DIFFICULT, AS WE AGE TO LOSE THE ONES WE LOVE. OUR MEMORIES ARE THE BEST...Read More »
9 of 13 | Posted by: A friend

“Rick so sorry to hear of your loss. I often think of you. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.Joan Williams List ”
10 of 13 | Posted by: Joan Williams List - Manchester, NH

“As a friend and classmate of Dick's, our relationship goes back a long way. He was always a straight-shooter and good person.He shall be missed by...Read More »
11 of 13 | Posted by: Lew Rodrick - Centre Hall, PA

“Richard, and his Dad before him, were the most ethical, principled owners of a repair facility and used car lot I ever met. I bought cars from him,...Read More »
12 of 13 | Posted by: John Sullivan

“Our condolences to the family of Richard. He was a true gentleman and an honest businessman. We had many interactions with him at his auto repair...Read More »
13 of 13 | Posted by: Marge and Jack O'Leary - MA


Mr. Richard A. Sawin, 81, of North Reading, MA, formerly of Wakefield and Lynnfield, passed away peacefully on July 2, 2017, with his family by his side at The Kaplan Family Hospice Home in Danvers.

He was the beloved husband of Ruth Sawin, with whom he shared sixty years of marriage.

He was the devoted and loving father of Deborah A. Sawin of Somerville, Richard A. Sawin, Jr. of Boston, and Linda A. Jones and her husband Bradley H. Jones, Jr. of North Reading.

He was the cherished and adoring grandfather of Alexis R. Jones and Nicholas B. Jones.

Mr. Sawin is also survived by his brother Frederick G. Sawin and his wife Cynthia of Salem, NH, his sisters-in-law Mary K. Taddeo of Malden and Virginia K. Falzarano of Lynnfield, his brother-in-law Alexander Fraser of Burlington, and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister Carol Fraser.

Born in Melrose, the son of the late Arthur H. and Constance L. Sawin, he was a graduate of Stoneham High School, Class of 1953, and of Northeastern University, Class of 1958. Mr. Sawin worked for RH Stearns Company in Boston and then both oversaw the construction of and managed its branch stores at the Chestnut Hill, North Shore, and South Shore Malls. He later ran his family business, Sawin Motors in Wakefield, until his retirement.

He was a past president of the Wakefield Chamber of Commerce and very active in the Wakefield community. He was a member of the Quannapowitt Rod & Gun Club, the Andover Sportsmen Club and the Pemigewasset Fish and Game Club for many years. He loved the time that he spent at his New Hampshire home and his travel with his family, especially his frequent trips to Saint Bart's in the French West Indies. He was an avid sportsman and gardener. Despite all of his accomplishments and community involvement, Richard was most passionate about his family and spending time with his grandchildren.

His funeral will be held on Friday, July 7, at 9:00 am at McDonald Funeral Home, 19 Yale Avenue, Wakefield, followed by a Funeral Mass at 10:30 am at the Church of Saint Theresa, 63 Winter Street, North Reading. Family and friends will honor and remember Richard by gathering for Calling Hours at McDonald Funeral Home on Thursday, July 6, from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the Church of Saint Theresa, 63 Winter Street, North Reading, MA 01864.