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Richard (Dick) Stearns

PORT CHARLOTTE, FL: Richard (Dick) Stearns, 80, formerly of Groveland, MA died Saturday, March 15, 2008 at his residence.

He was born November 16, 1927 in Dedham, MA. He was a veteran of World War 11, U.S. Navy, serving as a Pharmacist’s Mate in the Pacific Theatre. Dick graduated from Lowell High School in 1944 and the University of Connecticut in 1951 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration. He worked for the Liberty National Life Insurance Co. in Boston after graduation from college and as Membership Director of the YMCA in Worcester from 1957-1962.

Dick served as Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Haverhill YMCA from 1962 to 1968 returning as Chief
Executive in 1969 and retired in 1985. He also served as C.E.O. in Greenwich, CT and Framingham YMCAs. Dick was always active in sports and introduced racquetball to the Haverhill area and was city champion for many years. He was a competent tennis player and an avid fisherman who won many prizes in competition in Martha’s Vineyard Island Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby. He also enjoyed boating, golf, photography and gardening.

In 1985 he was presented a citation for Distinguished Community Service in Haverhill by Mayor William Ryan. He was a charter member of the Haverhill Council on Aging. He served as Executive Director for the Greater Haverhill Industrial Management Club and was a Trustee of the Langley Adams Library, serving as Chairman for several years. Dick was a member of the Haverhill Rotary Club and Monday Evening Club. He served as Moderator of the First Congregational Church of Haverhill and after marriage Sr. Warden of the St. James Episcopal Church in Groveland. He was active in many United Fund campaigns serving on the Speaker’s Bureau. Dick was Superintendent of Riverview Cemetery in Groveland from 1986 to 2001 and was a member of the Employees Insurance Advisory Committee of Groveland.

He was active in the Professional Societies of the YMCA and served on the National Council of YMCA’s. He was a former Chairman of the Eastern MA Collaboration of YMCA Executives and a past President of the Regional Assoc. of YMCA Directors. After his retirement he served with his wife as Secretary/Treasurer of the New England Chapter of Retired Directors.

Dick moved to Port Charlotte in 1994 with his wife and daughter from Groveland. He was a member of the Port
Charlotte Rotary Club and a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International; a member of the Port Charlotte Elks Club; Deep Greek Golf Club; the New England and Florida Willis Chapter of the National Assn. of Retired YMCA Directors; American Legion Post #248 in Groveland and Post #110 in Port Charlotte.

He is survived by his loving family, his wife of 37 years, Elizabeth Ann (Parker) Stearns of Port Charlotte; two sons, Mark (wife Suzi) Stearns of Fairview, TN and Scott (wife Jennifer) Stearns of Groveland; a daughter, Elizabeth Rebecca Stearns of Port Charlotte; two sisters, Phyllis Crane of Millington, NJ and Helen Oliver of Readfield, ME; a step-sister, Alice Burpee of Old Orchard Beach, ME; and 8 grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held at a later date in Groveland. Interment will be in the Riverview Cemetery in Groveland. Memorial contributions may be made to Tidewell Hospice and Palliative Care, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238 or the YMCA, 81 Winter Street, Haverhill MA 01830 or the American Cancer Society, 992 Tamiami Trail, Unit C, Port Charlotte, FL 33953. Arrangements by Dole, Childs & Shaw Funeral Home,
148 Main Street, Haverhill. Friends may visit at to sign the guest book and extend
condolences to the family.


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