Richard was born in Boston on December 5, 1928, son of the late Gaetano and Lena Rossetti Fuccillo. He was raised in the famous North End section of the city, an area he fondly reminisced about until his final days. After attending Boston English High, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps and was stationed in Hawaii.
In 1952, he married the late Gloria A. Boudreau Fuccillo, whom he met while visiting his parent’s cottage in the Lost Lake area of Groton. Their marriage lasted for 49 years, until her death in 2011.
Rich was employed at the Hollingsworth and Vose paper mill in West Groton for almost 40 years, where he held several jobs in the paper making process until his retirement in 1991. He was affectionately known around the mill as “The Gov,” a name that came about early in his employment due to the similarity of his last name and the then Governor of Massachusetts, Foster Furcolo.
In his earlier years, Rich was an avid hunter and fisherman, and was a member of the Squannacook Sportsmen’s Club. He could often be found hunting for deer in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont, and fishing in the local lakes and streams around Groton.
He was also skilled in working with stained glass, and made several professional quality lamp shades and smaller items.
Richard is survived by his son, Richard M. Fuccillo of Groton, and his sister. Dorothy Fuccillo Capraro, also of Groton.
A visitation will be held Monday, August 11, from 5-8 p.m. at the Badger Funeral Home, 45 School Street, in Groton. Services will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday, August 12, at 10 a.m., with burial in Groton Cemetery.