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Richard Abecunas

Richard Abecunas

Saturday, June 6th, 2020
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Obituary

Of Medfield, MA, unexpectedly passed away on June 6 at the age of 67. Born in New Britain, CT, he was the son of the late Victor Abecunas and Joan Carlson.

Richard is survived by his loving wife of 30 years Jean Nizinkirck, son Lee, daughter Cara, and his dog Missy. Richard is also survived by his siblings Sandi Kastner (husband Ray) of Southington, CT, brother David Abecunas (wife Roseanne) of Telford, PA, siblings-in-law Gail Ann, Janice, and Doug Nizinkirck (wife Barbara) of Troy, NY, as well as many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and -nephews, and many friends.
He graduated Saint Vincent’s School of Anesthesia in 1978 with honors as a CRNA. Having more than 42 years of diverse experience, Richard was affiliated with Milford Regional Medical Center, Atlantic Anesthesia, and Newton-Wellesley Hospital.

At work, Richard was an avid environmentalist reminding people to recycle and setting up collection bins. Richard deeply cared about the Medfield community and spent countless hours supporting the Medfield Music Association, Boy Scouts, Green Street and Dale Street playgrounds, and All Night Graduation Party. In 2013, he was nominated for the Medfield Foundation Volunteer of the Year Award for his various efforts raising funds for the Lowell Mason House. He was also active with the United Church of Christ soup-kitchen, feeding the homeless in Boston.

His favorite pastimes included cooking, biking, hiking, skiing, and most recently playing golf.
A Celebration of Richard’s Life will be held at a later date.

Donations in Richard’s memory may be made to Best Friends, http://support.bestfriends.org/goto/RichardAbecunas
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Debra Gursha

Posted at 08:55pm
The Gursha family is deeply saddened by the passing of Rick. We have fond memories of volunteering with him, building the Dale Street playground and attending church with him at UCC Medfield. Rick, you will be greatly missed and Medfield is a better place from all of your community efforts. With deep sadness and prayers for the Abecunas Family, the Gursha Family
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Raymond Sepe

Posted at 11:00am
Rick was a great person that I met at Boy Scouts working with Troop 89. He was a pleasure to be around and always encouraging. One of my memories of Rick was working toward the Life Guard Certification at Camp Squanto. It was a week long ordeal and Rick was determined to get his certification and make it through that mile swim. He went through the training tirelessly with others from Troop 89 and completed the course. I am very sorry to hear about his passing and would like to express our sympathy to his entire family.
Raymond Sepe
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Richard Sauro

Posted at 11:08am
Rick was an outstanding member of the Medfield community donating his time and always lending a hand, hard working and reliable Rick was a man you could count on. I meet Rick thought Medfield scouting, troops 89 in particular were we shared many nights of camping. As Rick Schaub stated already I too remember his adult cooking skills and remember that coffee encrusted pork loin that he cooked on a camping trip at Hale Reservation.
Heart felt sympathy at this difficult time, Rich Sauro
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Rick Schaub

Posted at 02:37pm
I met Rick while serving as Scoutmaster in Medfield Boy Scout Troop 89. Rick was a tireless volunteer who could always be counted on no matter what the task. He was a fine campfire cook and I will always remember the coffee encrusted loin of pork that he cooked on a camping trip at Hale Reservation. The high point of my times with Rick was our 2007 high adventure backpacking trip to the Philmont Scout Ranch in the southern Rocky Mountains in New Mexico. Alongside our sons, we trekked 100 miles of "super-strenuous" trails over ten days including five peaks between 10,000 and 12,441 feet above sea level. I extend my condolences to Jean, Cara and to Lee who achieved the rank of Eagle in Troop 89.
With deepest sympathy,
Rick Schaub
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MJ Phillips

Posted at 05:45pm
Rick was a great guy to work with, sharing recipes, talking about his family. And his plans of travel. A day with Rick was always filled with his quick wit and great music. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to his wife Jean, children Lee and Cara.Rest in peace my friend. Mjphillips
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