Richard E. McClure WWII & Korean Veteran


Richard E. McClure, 91, of Tyngsboro formerly of Chelmsford, MA passed away on October 3, 2017 at his home with his loving family by his side.

He was the beloved husband of Joan F. (Scanlan) McClure for the past 61 years. Born in Lowell, MA on December 2, 1925, he was the son of the late William and Sarah (Herrity) McClure.  Richard grew up in East Chelmsford, MA and attended Chelmsford High School, leaving before graduation to enlist in the United States Navy.  He served proudly in World War II and participated in the invasion of Normandy and the battles of Okinawa and Iwo Jima.  He re-enlisted with the United States Navy for the Korean conflict from 1951-1955.  Richard worked as an electrician for the Boston & Maine Railroad upon discharge from the navy and retired in 1985.

Besides his loving wife, Joan, Richard is survived by his six children and their spouses, Ann and Jack Clancy of Chelmsford, Richard and Martha McClure of Chelmsford, James McClure and Gail Thursby of Chelmsford, Michael McClure and his partner, John Castro, of Nashua, NH, Stephen and Victoria McClure of Hudson, NH and Karen and Shaun McCarty of Tyngsboro, MA.

Richard is also survived by sixteen grand-children, Jennifer, Sean, Michael, Kelly, Kaitlyn, Christopher, Colleen, Carah, George, Denice, Cameron, Brenna, Shannon, Sarah, Sydney, and Shaun; 2 great-grandchildren, Ellie and Lucy, who he loved dearly and many beloved nieces and nephews.

Richard was pre-deceased by his brother, William, and two sisters, Rita D’Amato and Hazel Furey.

Visiting hours Friday 3 to 7 P.M at the DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 106 MIDDLESEX ST. CHELMSFORD. A private graveside service will be held at the convenience of the family; burial in St. Patrick Cemetery, Lowell. ARRANGEMENTS  BY DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 978-251-4041.


October 6, 2017
3 PM - 7 PM
Dolan Funeral Home
  1. Judy O'Connor says:

    To the McClure Family,

    I’m so sorry to hear of the passing of “Mr. McClure, as he was known to us kids in East Chemsford, until the family moved to the other side of Chelmsford! I’m so happy I got to say, “Hello” to him at the Tyngsboro High School Graduation, he should be proud of the wonderful family he raised with Mrs. McClure, so sorry for your loss.

  2. Linda Molleur says:

    Karen and family may you always hold on to the wonderful memories you have of your father. This will be your strength and comfort in the days to come. Thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

  3. Stacie Olsen Sanborn says:

    What a great man he was. I will never forget how wonderful he was to me growing up. My sincere condolences to the whole family.

  4. Danielle & Jim Johnson says:

    Karen and family, we are so sorry for your loss ❤️ Lots of love to all of you a this time.❤️

  5. Sheila Furey Bournival says:

    Love and prayers to you Joan and family he will be missed.

  6. Claudia Antolini says:

    Karen and family, my sincere condolences for your loss. May all the love and strength of your family help you during this time.

  7. Paul & Kazia Tagliamonte says:

    Kazia and I are so sorry for your loss, and the loss of a member of The Greatest Generation.
    Thank for your service, Sir.

Write a Condolence

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *