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Richard P. Dedinas

May 31, 1931 ~ August 17, 2020 (age 89)


Richard Paul Dedinas, 89, of Bernardston Rd., died unexpectedly on Monday, August 17, 2020.

Richard was born in Northampton, MA on May 31, 1931 the son of Michael and Anne (Cominsky) Dedinas. He was a graduate of Holy Trinity School and Greenfield High School.

In 1951 he enlisted in the United States Air Force and served during the Korean Conflict. Following his four years of service and honorable discharge, Richard remained with the Air Force as a Reservist. He began as an Air Reserve Technician at Bradley Field in Connecticut and later transferred to Westover Air Force Base. He retired as Chief Master Sgt. after 39 years of service.

Richard was married to the former Alvis (Tetreault) on August 10, 1957 at Holy Trinity Church in Greenfield. Alvis predeceased Richard on August 30, 2018 celebrating 61 years together.

Richard volunteered his time as a Little League Baseball coach for the TFAC and was also a Boy Scout leader. He belonged to many organizations including the Montague Elks, the V.F.W., the American Legion, the Air Force Association among others. He was a big fan of the NY Giants.

He was a life time communicant of Holy Trinity Church.

In his retirement Richard enjoyed projects around his home such as gardening, building model airplanes, and gifting his family with his paintings.

Survivors include his loving family, sons Steven (Rene) Dedinas, Alan (Brenda) Dedinas, Mark (Matthew) Dedinas, daughter Laurie (Alan) Lapointe, grandchildren; Stephanie (Tanner), Sam, Christopher (Katherine), Erica and Rachel, great grandchildren; Lauriel, Zyla and Alvie Mae, sisters; Margaret (Guy) Stevens and Theresa Leete, as well as many nieces and nephews.

In keeping with Richard’s wishes, services will be private and military honors will be provided.

In lieu of flowers, Richard requests donations be made to the Wounded Warriors Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675

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