Mr. Richard E. "Richie"  Stokes
  • Hallmark Health Hospice
    178 Savin St.
    Malden, MA 02148

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“joanne, Linda & family our prayers to you all. god bless !! debra roy trevor ”
1 of 25 | Posted by: debra - pepperell, MA - friend

“Colleen and Family, Our deepest sympathy our with you at this time. Know that your father is now looking down on you watching over you .He will...Read More »
2 of 25 | Posted by: Charlene Zanellis - NH - friend

“Linda & Colleen, Very sorry to hear about the passing of your Dad..I hope all your fond memories of him will help give you strength during this time...Read More »
3 of 25 | Posted by: Mary Laughton - Peabody, MA

“Dear Colleen and family I/we are all so saddened to learn of your enormous loss. Your dad was such a wonderful kind man who will be sadly missed. Its...Read More »
4 of 25 | Posted by: Cathy Ragusa Owen - Lynnfield, MA

“To all the Stokes we are all so very sorry to learn of your huge loss.. Richie has always been such a big part of the family and such a loving...Read More »
5 of 25 | Posted by: cathy ragusa owen - lynnfield, MA

“To all the Stokes girls wife and Richie I am so sorry for the lose of your dad and husband. He was such a nice man. I would always see him when I...Read More »
6 of 25 | Posted by: Annette Higgins Edwards - Melrose, MA

“With our deepest sympathy to everyone in the family. All of our prayers and thoughts are with you. Kenneth, Monique, Kenny Jr., & Joey Brown and Mrs....Read More »
7 of 25 | Posted by: Monique Rousseau-Brown - Newton, MA

“Colleen and FamilyYour in my thoughts and prays. I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of Richie. May He Rest In Peace. Love Eileen Buckley Guzman. ”
8 of 25 | Posted by: Eileen Buckley Guzman

“Auntie Colleen and Family, I was so sorry to hear of Uncle Richie's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Love, Maria ”
9 of 25 | Posted by: Maria Marchetti - Gorham, ME

“To Colleen and all the Stokes family: I am so sorry to hear about Richard. He was a great man, a wonderful family man and wonderful husband. It was...Read More »
10 of 25 | Posted by: Josephine Kiklis - Melrose, MA

“Colleen, Corey, Corey Jr and Michael, please accept our condolences in the death of your beloved father and Pa; it wasn't until last night when I...Read More »
11 of 25 | Posted by: Anne Ardita - Everett, MA

“We were so very sorry to hear about Richie's passing. Richie and Joanne were our neighbors and one of our first friends at Pinehurst. We have...Read More »
12 of 25 | Posted by: Jeanie and Art Norton - Danvers, MA

“Worked with Richie for 17+ years @ Davidson Chevrolet. One of several instrumental people who "broke me in" to the business. Had the pleasure of...Read More »
13 of 25 | Posted by: Stephen DeSimone - Bigfork, MT

“As brother-in-law to his daughter Dianne, and uncle to two of his grandchildren, Joshua and Jessica, I'm very sorry to hear that Richie has left this...Read More »
14 of 25 | Posted by: Joe Brown - Lowell, MA

“We are so sorry to hear of Richie's passing. We have many fond memories of Richie and family at Alan and Diane's house. He always made us feel...Read More »
15 of 25 | Posted by: Debbie Brown McClelland & Family - IL

“We are so sorry for your loss. We shared many memories around the campfire at Old Orchard Beach in Maine! May God be with you during this time until...Read More »
16 of 25 | Posted by: Patty & Scott Rosselli - Melrose, MA

“We have shared many happy times with Richie & Joanne at holidays, birthdays aand cookouts at Dianne & Alan's house. He will be missed. Our prayers go...Read More »
17 of 25 | Posted by: Dave & Eleanor Brown - Saugus, MA

“Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you. ”
18 of 25 | Posted by: LOVE NINA AND DONNIE CAMERON - MA

“i will never forget all the laughs we had going to different restaurants for dinner,and thank you for my beautiful wife,your daughter linda everytime...Read More »
19 of 25 | Posted by: charlie - melrose, MA

“So very sorry to learn your enormous loss..He was such a wonderful person and will be sadly missed by all. Such a family man. You all will be in our...Read More »
20 of 25 | Posted by: cathy ragusa/owen

“We know Richie as a devoted husband and father as well as a loyal employee for many years. He was wonderful with the customers, fair with them and...Read More »
21 of 25 | Posted by: Greg and Cindy Davidson - Essex, MA

“A loving husband, father, grandfather and friend. His family was his life. You will greatly be missed by all. May the sun always shine on you. ...Read More »
22 of 25 | Posted by: JANET - MELROSE, MA

“Rich was such a kind, happy and inviting person. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. You are all in our prayers during these challenging...Read More »
23 of 25 | Posted by: Paul and Nicole Zerola - Weston, MA

“May you never wait for a tee time in the big country club in the sky. I am deeply sorry for your loss Junior, Joanne, Kenny, and all of Richie's...Read More »
24 of 25 | Posted by: Andy Metcalf and family - Avon, MA

“The Gately Family and Staff wish to express our sincere sympathy to you. It is our hope that we may be able to make a difficult time more bearable....Read More »
25 of 25 | Posted by: John W., John H. Gately, Fred Sprague & Steve Bartholomew - MA

Richard E. "Richie" Stokes of Melrose died on Thursday, February 14, 2013 at the Melrose Wakefield Hospital at the age of 77 years old. Born in Malden on March 10, 1935, he was the only child of Francis & Dorothy (Smith) Stokes. He was raised in Everett and a 1953 graduate of Everett High School. He loved his wife, children, grandchildren and all of his family. Mr. Stokes worked as an ASE Certified Mechanic & then as the Service Manager with Davidson Chevrolet of Malden for 52 years. He enjoyed golfing and at one time had a 6 handicap. For many years he enjoyed and loved his summers spent at Old Orchard Beach with family and friends. He also loved to read books and he was a member of the Melrose Elks. Richie was the devoted husband of Joanne C. (Lane) Stokes with whom they shared 56 years of marriage. He was the loving father of Joanne Driver & her husband Kenneth, Dianne Brown & her husband Alan, all of Melrose, Gail Novak & her husband John of TX, Linda Perullo & her husband Charles of Melrose, Colleen Ragusa & her husband Corey of Lynnfield & Richard Stokes, Jr. of Malden. Cherished "Pa" of Kenny & Stephanie Driver, Joshua & Jessica Brown, AJ & Joseph Novak & Corey & Michael Ragusa. Caring brother-in-law of Rita Walsh of Malden. Funeral from the Gately Funeral Home 79 W. Foster St., Melrose on Wednesday, February 20th at 8AM. Mass of Christian Burial in St. Mary's Church Herbert St. Melrose at 9AM. Relatives & friends respectfully invited. Visiting hours Tuesday 4-8PM. Interment in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody. Arrangements by The Gately Funeral Home of Melrose. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Richie's memory may be made to Hallmark Health Hospice 178 Savin St., Malden, MA 02148. For directions or to sign Richard's guest book, please visit