In Our Care

Briand, Richard J., "Dick" age 89, of Arlington,MA., passed away peacefully March 16 in his home. Beloved husband of Anne F. "Nancy" Briand (McMenimen). Devoted father of Rosemary Vincent of Amesbury,MA., Richard J. Jr. and his wife Margaret of South Burlington, Vt, Gail Buck and her husband Richard of Winchester and Lawrence and his wife Carol of Simsbury, CT. Grandfather of Brian and his wife Roberta, Katherine, Joanna and John Vincent, Fran, Matt and Will Briand, Nicole and Jeffrey Briand. Father in law of Donald Vincent. Brother of Rhea Perreault, Exeter, NH and the late Paul L. and Lester Briand.

Dick, a Military Veteran, enlisted in the U.S. Marines after graduating from Rindge Tech High School in 1946, still a time as part of the WW II theatre, and served two years, afterwards, he joined the Marine Reserves where he was called back into service in 1950, to serve as part of the Korean War.
Dick grew up in North Cambridge, MA, a predominantly French community with an abundance of family and friends. Dick’s fondest memories as a youth and later was playing hockey on the ponds with friends and relatives. His hockey skills were honed on the ponds and he and his friends played for Rindge Tech H.S., a State Championship team in 1946, known as the “Flyin Frenchmen”. Dick was an outstanding hockey player, a high scoring forward, High School League and State All Star and college prospect.
Dick moved to Arlington with his wife Nancy in 1953, building their home to start a family raising their four children.

Dick was a dedicated employee of the Boston Globe for 38 years and retired in 1994, he started as a tradesman printer, operating linotype machines , then progressing with the technological advances of putting a newspaper together, working with his team in the Composing Dept.

Dick was a dedicated parishioner of St. Eulalia Church, and served as an usher and volunteer for the Food Pantry charity for many years. Dick loved golfing and socializing with friends in different organizations such as The Touchdown Club, and the Retired Mens Club of Arlington, he was also a member and past president of the Rindge Tech Alumni Assoc.

Relatives and friends will gather for visiting hours on Sunday 2:00 to 6:00pm at The DeVito Funeral Home, 1145 Mass Avenue in ARLINGTON. A Funeral Mass will be held Monday at 11:00am in St. Eulalia Church, Winchester. Interment to follow at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Arlington.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Dick's memory to: St. Eulalia Church, 50 Ridge St., Winchester, MA 01890 or The Marist Fathers 698 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02215