Mr. Richard Pantier of Taunton passed away on August 16, 2018 at the age of 81. Born on September 23, 1936 in Boone, Iowa. He is the son of the late Delphia and Orville Pantier.
Richard entered the Air Force at the age of 17 and became a jet engine mechanic. He served in many parts of the world and became a top flight mechanic. Often he told stories of working on B52’s and having a taxi certification to move the giant planes.
After the service, be became an auto mechanic working in and around the Boston area. He was everyone’s ‘Guy’ if you wanted your car fixed the right way – you took you car to the shop and made sure only he touched it.
He met his wife Elizabeth 49 years ago and they spent all of their time at each other’s side. Both enjoyed time at the flea markets, working in the garden and a little casino time now and then. Bowling was his true love and in the early years – he would help open new bowling alleys and demo the game to newcomers when the sport was at its prime. He won many tournaments in the day. Our family all became bowlers. Richard was a quiet man who never seeked attention, but was always helping a friend with car troubles or plowing their driveway in the winter.
Later in life he really enjoyed making is own special relish fresh from the garden and brought it to the many doctors and nurses who kept him with us all these years. Richard was an avid Yankee’s fan, but didn’t wear this Yankee ‘ware in enemy territory. Peanut – his orange kitty stayed by his side these last many years. His body failed him long before his mind and he was as sharp as ever when he passed.
One of his favorite doctors called him a lovable curmudgeon – a tribute to who he really was.
He leaves behind his wife Elizabeth his kitty (Peanut) and an extended family.
A service will be held in the Riendeau-Mulvey funeral home, 467 Bay St. Taunton MA on Monday August 20th 20 18 at 7PM.