Richard W. Fossa, Sr.

Died: 2019-11-08
Resided in: Beverly, MA
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Richard W. Fossa, Sr, 91 May 3, 1928 November 8, 2019

Beverly, MA Mr. Richard W. Fossa, Sr, 91, of Beverly, MA died peacefully Friday afternoon, surrounded by his family. He was the beloved husband of the late Betty A. Fossa, with whom he shared 65 years of wedded bliss.

He was born in Danvers on May 3, 1928, the son of the late Harry and Evelyn (Nestor) Fossa. He was raised in Danvers and played football while attending Danvers High School. He left school early to join the US Navy and serve his country during WWII in the Philippines. Mr. Fossa retired from Danvers State Hospital and Hogan Regional Center in 1988 after 34 years of service.

In his early years he was an avid sportsman, playing softball, golf, bowling, boxing, tennis and ping pong. His passion was billiards and he was a multi time North Shore Three Cushion Billiard Champion. During his retirement years he enjoyed the company of his friends at the Liberty Tree Mall walking club, the Beverly Senior Center and Jaclyn Towers. He could often be found with his beloved wife enjoying the sights and concerts at Salem Willows and Lynch Park. His most cherished tradition was making the Fossa ravioli each Christmas with his family who were the most important thing in his life.

He leaves behind his daughter Terry Shepherd and her husband Bruce of Beverly; his son Richard Jr. and his wife Donna of Beverly; his daughter Cynthia Frusteri and her husband Robert of Beverly; his son William and his wife Lisa of Peabody; his grandchildren Alyshia Kelleher and her husband Daniel, Justin Shepherd, and Drew and Alex Fossa. He also leaves behind his sister-in-law Nancy Call. He is predeceased by his brother James and his wife Dorothy, and his brother Robert Call.

Funeral arrangements will be private. The Mackey Funeral Home is assisting the family. To leave condolences kindly visit


Terry, my deepest condolences to you and your family. I often thought about your Dad these past few years. I used to occasionally see him around but its been awhile since Ive seen him. Your Dad was such a nice man, both your parents, sweethearts. From reading this obituary, it seems your mom has passed. It must have been hard on Dick after losing Betty. Sincerely, Katie Mackay
Bill & Lisa, Our deepest condolences to your family at this time. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Ed & Gayle Dullea

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