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ANDOVER: Mr. Richard O. Aumais, a resident of Andover for more that 59 years, and beloved husband of Mary T. (Brennan) Aumais, died at Blair House Nursing Center in Tewksbury, on Friday evening, October 24, 2014. He was 83-years-old.

Born in Lawrence on January 30, 1931, Richard was the beloved son of the late Herve and Blanche (Hugo) Aumais. He was a graduate of Lawrence High School, Class of 1949, where he was a star baseball pitcher. He proudly joined the Andover Police Department in October of 1958 and worked diligently for 37 years until his retirement in January 1996. He was a lifelong member of the Massachusetts Police Association and Knights of Columbus, Andover.

Among his many accomplishments: in May of 1991, Richard received a Lifesaving Award Medal from the Andover Police Department for helping to save the life of a construction worker who hit an underground power cable while using a jackhammer. Richard quickly jumped in the work site hole and lifted the worker to safety, seconds before the power came back through the line. It was his ability to lead by example, along with his caring, which made him a perfect fit for an Andover Policeman.

In his retirement, Richard took great pride in caring for the Andover High School Baseball Field, named after his son, Peter T. Aumais. He often planted, watered flowers and made sure the American Flag waved over the park. He especially enjoyed the many people who would stop and talk while he was there; some he knew and some were strangers, but all shared either compliments or a story about his son, Peter.

Besides his beloved wife, Mary, Richard will be missed by his loving children, Rosemary E. and her husband, Geoffrey MacDonald of Andover, Maura A. Aumais of Boston, Richard M. and his wife, Ann M. Aumais of Andover, Matthew A. and his wife, Anne M. Aumais of Groton, and Stephanie A. and her husband, Sean Ross of Marshfield; siblings, Marie Aumais of Lawrence, Claire Lord of Dover, N.H., and Leon P. and his wife, Linda Aumais of Lawrence; grandchildren, Meghan and Lauren Keefe, Bridget, Christine, Molly, Matthew, Peter and Olivia Aumais and Brendan, Ryan and Kerry Ross; sister-in-law, Sr. Alice Brennan, SND; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. He was also the loving father of the late Peter T. Aumais; and brother of the late Herve Aumais Jr.

His funeral Mass was celebrated in St. Augustine Church, 43 Essex Street, Andover, on Wednesday, October 29, at 10 a.m. Calling hours were held in St. Augustine Church on Tuesday, October 28, from 5:15 to 9 p.m. Interment will be privately held. For additional information, please visit, www.burkemagliozzi.com. Please make donations in memory of Richard O. Aumais, to Hoops for Hope/Peter Aumais Park, Mr. Glenn Verrette, 46 Porter Rd., Andover, MA 01810, or to St. Augustine's School Centennial Gymnasium Fund, c/o Mrs. Paula O'Dea, Principal, 26 Central St., Andover, MA 01810.
Published on  October 26, 2014
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