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Richard Bennett

 Rich Bennett, 63, beloved husband of Joan (McPartlin) Bennett,  died on Friday, October 30, 2015 at Massachusetts General Hospital after an extended illness.
 Rich was born in Lancaster, PA. He attended Towson State University in Maryland. He went on to obtain a Master’s degree at the University of Connecticut and his doctorate in psychology from Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology.
 For many years Rich had a private psychology practice in Westford. He was very proud of the work he did with his clients especially those dealing with issues of substance abuse. He was very active in the Westford Rotary Club where he served as President and was a Paul Harris Fellow.  In addition, he was a former trustee of the J.V. Fletcher Library and an Officer of the Friends of the Library.
 Later in his career, he worked for RHR and Plaut as an organizational consultant to Fortune 500 companies dealing with issues of change management.
 Eight and a half years ago Rich was fortunate enough to be the recipient of a heart transplant. As a result he treasured each day. He was a huge promoter of encouraging everyone to become an organ donor when they renew their driver license. Please consider doing this in his memory.
 In addition to his wife with whom he would have celebrated thirty years of marriage in February, he is survived by his loving son, Keith Boulanger, his daughter in law Cyril and his grandson, Zacch, of Billerica. He is also survived by his mother, Jeanne Bennett, of Cornwall, PA., his sisters Nancy Brown and her husband Charles of Newtown, PA, Suzie Greiner of Stroudsburg, PA, Barbara Herr of Los Angeles, CA and a special cousin, Sarah Spillane, of Upton, MA.
 Funeral Services will be private. E-condolences may be made at Because the library was such a special place to him, if you wish to make a contribution in his memory gifts may be made to the J.V. Fletcher Library Memorial Book & Gift Account, 50 Main St., Westford, MA 01886. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – Lowell (978) 458-8768.
Condolences (8)
  • Rachael McDermott  - So sorry
    Dear Joan, I'm so sorry to learn of your husband's passing. Your family is in my thoughts.
  • Lynn Cohen  - My condolences
    Dear Joan, I'm so sorry to hear of Rich's passing. I didn't know him well but whenever I ran into him he was always so warm & kind. My thoughts are with you & your family.
  • Gwen (Bennett) Sunderson  - Our condolences
    My husband, John, and I were saddened to hear of Rich's passing. He was a very special person and the world is a better place for his passing through it. Our condolences to you and family.
  • Barry Block  - The brother I never had...
    From third grade through ninth, we lived about a mile apart, and spent many out-of-school hours together. I was something of an outcast in those years; if someone were to write my biography, there would be at least a chapter about Rich. We were out of touch, for many years, but I treasure the time I had, with the truly amazing man he grew up to be.
  • Dave & Edna Dziczek  - Our Condolences
    Joan, we are sorry to hear about Rich's passing. Our thoughts & prayers with you & family. In my short time living along side both of you has been enjoyable & I will miss his love for conversation.
  • Holly Sheridan-Pritchard  - You are in our heart and prayers
    Dear Joan and family, May you take comfort in family, friends and faith during this very difficult time. Please know that you are in my humble prayers. Fondly, Holly (Library)
  • Rick Bedell
    Joan, I'm so sorry to hear of your husbands passing. My wife an I will keep you in our prayers.
  • jim Barnie
    Joan: Though I never met Richard just reading about his life and his many accomplishments tells me he was a very special person. Anyone who serves the less fortunate of our society, as he has, deserves special recognition for their devotion to those in need.
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