WEBSTER – Richard M. Berry, 60, of Negus Street, passed away on Wednesday, July 5, 2023, in his home after a long illness. He is survived by his mother, Joyce A. (Perron) Nilson of North Oxford; two sons, Michael Berry of Worcester and Austin Berry of Northampton; his sister, Sandra Brown and her husband David of Millbury; his brother, George Berry and his wife Laurie of Auburn; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Mark Berry who died in 1997. He was born in Worcester, son of the late Richard M. Berry, and lived in Worcester, Auburn, and Deerfield, before moving to Webster several years ago. He graduated from Auburn High School in 1980, and received a certificate as an N.A.H.B. Certified Insulation Contractor from Big Bend Community College in Moses Lake, WA. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving with the Special Forces as a paratrooper.
Mr. Berry removed asbestos and installed insulation throughout his life. In addition, he remodeled homes with his father. He was a former member of the Auburn Elks and enjoyed collecting native American art of wolves.
A graveside service with military funeral honors will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, July 14, 2023, at the Massachusetts Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 111 Glenallen St., Winchendon. Please meet directly at the cemetery for the service. Calling hours are Thursday, July 13, 2023, from 5-7 p.m. at Paradis-Givner Funeral Home, 357 Main St., Oxford. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Veteran's Inc., 69 Grove St., Worcester, MA 01605.