Richard, “Rich” ,“Richie”, “Ricky” Raymond Duval, beloved husband, of 50 years, of Concetta “Connie” F. (Marletta) Duval, passed away peacefully in the comfort of his home in Springfield on Thursday July 9, 2020, at the age of 72.
Preceding Rich in death are his parents, Emma (Mallette) and Arthur Duval; his Brother, Raymond R. Duval; his sister, Dorothy (Duval) Keane; his nephew, John Keane.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Connie of Springfield; his daughter Michelle M. Duval and Son-in-law Carlo Baraglia of Cambridge, MA; his daughter Renee L. Duval Fairchild and son-in-law Michael Fairchild of Virginia Beach, VA; his son Steven R. Duval of Springfield; his six grandchildren, André, Mathys and Quentin Baraglia; Reilly, Lilah and Sadie Fairchild; nephew, Barry Keane of Vernon, CT; niece, Kathy Keane of Florida; and several great nieces and great nephews.
Rich was a lifelong resident of Springfield and graduate of East Longmeadow High School and later received his Associates Degree from Springfield Technical Community College. Rich served his country honorably, serving over 22 years in the U.S. Navy. This included 4 years in the Sub Service Unit and the remainder of his service as part of the Seabee Reserves Unit – until retiring in 1994. He was employed as a Tractor Trailer Operator for over 45 years for the U.S. Postal Service. Rich was a Lifelong Elks member and served on the Pioneer Valley Federal Credit Union Board of Directors for many years.
Many family vacations were spent in the car to find the best campground near or far. Rich & Connie later enjoyed camping in their fifth wheel camper and traveled throughout the country. They enjoyed traveling together and were working on filling the US map on their Montana. He could also be found fishing with his friends. This is where he was most at peace, and had always dreamed of a salmon fishing trip in Alaska. Rich loved home improvement and spent many years as his own carpenter, which included the lifelong “projects” going on at the family home. He never met a stranger and many hours were spent talking about current events, cars, camping, fishing, anything really. He will be greatly missed by all who had the honor of knowing him.
Calling hours for Rich will be held on Wednesday July 15th from 4-7 PM at the Hafey Springfield Chapels, 494 Belmont Avenue.
Due to COVID-19 the family will have a private Military Funeral Service.
As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be sent in Rich’s name to - The Pancreas and Liver Cancer Fund - Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, c/o Philanthropy, 41 Mall Rd, Burlington, MA 01805. You may also donate online at support.laheyhealth.org/LHMCgive
The Soldiers’ Home Holyoke, 110 Cherry Street, Holyoke, MA 01040
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