Richard "Dick" Stephenson, Sr.

July 9, 1942 ~ December 15, 2018 (age 76)

Richard “Dick” Stephenson, Sr., 76, of Salem, beloved husband of Virginia “Ginny” (Day) Stephenson, passed away unexpectedly Saturday (Dec. 15, 2018 with his beloved family by his side.

Born July 9, 1942 in Pawtucket, RI, he was the son of the late Gifford and Nellie (Wheatly) Stephenson.

Dick studied at both Bacon Academy in Colchester and Norwich Tech.  After 40 years, with Local 33 as a Heat & Frost Insulator, he was part of the maintenance crew at Fox Hopyard in East Haddam for the past 10 years.

Dick was a member of the Salem Lions, B.P.O.E. in Groton and had coached baseball and Little League in Salem for many years.  In his spare time, Dick enjoyed playing guitar with his friends and was an avid sports fan.

In addition to his loving wife of 58 years, he leaves four children, Richard, Jr. and his wife, Michelle of Salem, Robin Surprenant and her husband, Scott of Oakdale, Michael and his wife, Karen of Summerville, SC and Raymond of Colchester; his beloved niece, Wendy Warner and her husband, George of Mystic; 10 grandchildren, Robert, Elizabeth, Brandon, Jonathan, Nathaniel, Micah-Ann, Luke, Ashley, Christopher and Daniel; one great granddaughter, Ella; two siblings, Robert and wife, Marsha of Cumberland, RI and Raymond of Providence, RI; and numerous extended family member and friends.

The family will receive guests from 4 to 7 PM Friday (Dec. 21st) at the Aurora-McCarthy Funeral Home, 167 Old Hartford Road, Colchester.  A Celebration of his Life will be observed at 6:30 PM.  Burial will be private.  For online condolences, please visit

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