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Richard R. Kezima

May 27, 1946 - March 13, 2023


Obituary For Richard R. Kezima

Kezima, Richard R., of Bedford, passed away peacefully in his home on March 13th. Son of the late Robert Kezima and Sylvia (DiPerna) Kezima, brother of the late Roberta (Kezima) DeFeo. Survived by his son Eric and his wife Kim of Bedford and Bryan and his wife Jenn of Dracut and his beloved grandchildren; Alyssia, Mia, Stephanie, TJ and Adriana. Uncle of Keith Coburn of Arlington and Sylvia (Coburn) Stevens and her husband Brook and great uncle of Robert and Kaid of Arlington. Also survived by many loving cousins, extended family, and dear friends. Richard was a resident of Arlington in his youth, graduating from Arlington High School in 1964. He settled in Lexington in the early 70s where he raised his family, before moving to Bedford in 2010 where he was surrounded by his children and grandchildren. Sports was a major passion of Rick's. He began playing baseball as a child in Arlington and continued playing baseball and hockey and coaching well into adulthood.
He went on to become a beloved coach for many years in various youth leagues throughout Lexington. He had an impact on so many young athletes throughout the years in the Lexington Bedford area. His sports memorabilia collection was legendary and is remembered fondly by all who were lucky enough to spend time at Rowdy Rick's Bar. Relatives and friends are invited to visit in the DeVito Funeral Home, 1145 Mass. Ave., ARLINGTON on Monday from 9:00 - 11:00 am and to a funeral home service at 11:00 am. Burial to follow in Shawsheen Cemetery, Bedford. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in memory of Richard to: The Jimmy Fund at Please visit to view an online guestbook.


20 Mar


09:00 AM - 11:00 AM

DeVito Funeral Home - Arlington 1145 Mass. Ave. Arlington, MA 02476 Get Directions »
20 Mar

Funeral Service

11:00 AM

DeVito Funeral Home - Arlington 1145 Mass. Ave. Arlington, MA 02476 Get Directions »
20 Mar


11:45 AM

Shawsheen Cemetery 15 Shawsheen Road Bedford, MA 01730 Get Directions »
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  • 03/16/2023

    As we go through life we realize that there are only a few true friends. Rick was one of those to me. I could count on him any day or night. We often debated on a number of sports issues. Willie Mays was his favorite ball player. We grew up in different parts of town so we never played together in the town youth sports. He was a fierce competitor but always a friend. We drifted apart as we raised our families but always reconnected. I will miss my best friend but now we have another angel to watch over us. Our prayers, hugs and love go out to his family Steve & Linda

  • 03/15/2023

    Rick, He was a true friend growing up and a role model at the same time. Many great memories at the Cutter School. Jack Fahey

  • 03/15/2023

    Uncle Rick, I cannot begin to say how much I will miss you and what you meant to me. You stepped in to take Mom and I to my 6th grade graduation banquet and then six years later, did the same thing at my High School Graduation banquet. You let me play Atari 2600 as a kid, got to swim in your swimming pool, called me Bean and Meatball when I was growing up. Your sense of humor was always first rate, coming down for Thanksgiving Dinner and late night Christmas Eve, and then watched you become a Father and Grandfather. I know that Mom, Dad, Nana and Granddaddy welcome you with open arms as you entered the Kingdom of Heaven. Thank you for everything. God Bless. Love, Keith

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