Worcester - Rich Larue loved science fiction…anything Star Wars or Star Trek and might willingly agree when called a geek knowing full well it was a term of endearment by family and friends. He loved Turner Classic Movies and his beloved New England Patriots. He loved the unconditional companionship of his three feline friends, Crazy, Papi and Pretty Girl. And on the beaches of his native Rhode Island in Newport and Cape Cod he loved being near the water. But most important…he loved his wife and best friend, Sandy.
Rich died somewhat unexpectedly on Thursday, December 16, 2021 after a period failing health. He was 73.
Richard R. Larue was born May 11, 1948 in Woonsocket, Rhode Island a son of the late Lucien and Germaine (Cote) Larue. He was a graduate of Mount Saint Charles Academy and then earned his Bachelor's degree from Loyola University. Rich then entered the seminary and graduated from Saint John's Seminary in Brighton. He was ordained a priest in the Diocese of Worcester and served at the former Holy Name of Jesus Parish on Illinois Street in Worcester. He was also a veteran of the United States Air Force.
He worked as a facilities manager for Digital Equipment in Boston and later for South Station when its building was constructed.
Rich was blessed with the sacrament of matrimony and married Worcester native Sandra J. Hunt on November 23, 1984 and together along life's journey they remained each other's companion and best friend.
He worked in sales for Imperial Motors in Mendon until sickness prevented him from continuing work. With the wonderful care of Sandy…Rich managed his best in spite of many medical maladies. He became quick friends with Russ Eames, his roommate at Holden Nursing Home and to whom Sandy and family remain grateful for all Russ did to help Rich.
In addition to his wife, Sandy he leaves his brother, Lucien Larue (Lorraine) of Woonsocket, Rhode Island; his sister-in-law, Susan Hughes of Sutton; nephews and nieces including Adam and Joseph Hughes; his three cats and close friends.
FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS ARE INCOMPLETE.
Memorials in his name may be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place. Memphis, TN 38105 orwww.stjude.org
Arrangements by James & John Heald.