Richard Porter of East Boston, formerly of Abington,passed away unexpectedly on May 27, 2021. He was 58 years old.
On Friday, June 18th, from 4:00-8:00 p.m., the family will be celebrating Richie’s life with prayer, food, and music at The Lewis V Dorsey/America Legion Post at 1027 Washington Street in Abington MA. Friends and family are invited to share this special time.
On Sunday, June 20th at 10:30 AM during the public open Sunday morning worship, Pastor David Searles of the Central Assembly of God Church at 50 Bennington Street, East Boston, MA will say a few words and a prayer to honor Richard. His ashes will be at the church with his friends and neighbors and all others to receive Pastor Searles’ prayers, and he will be lifted in spirit to God.
Richard leaves behind a very large and beautifully diverse family. He was a son, a husband, a father, a grandfather, a great grandfather, a brother, an uncle and a great uncle. He was a friend to many and a volunteer. He loved his family as he did the Lord.
Rich was also an avid fan of the Boston Bruins. He loved going to games, held season tickets, and would take many of us to catch a game with him. He would always be sure we left with an amazing memory of being up at the glass during warm-ups, getting a puck for the kids, or getting us behind the scenes for an autograph from many of the players.
His passion for hockey influenced his siblings and his nieces and nephews. Rich loved going to their youth hockey games whenever he could, and he always had a tip to share before the game and an honest opinion after the game. At Abington High School he, himself was a chippy hockey star all four years.
Richie loved the Boston Red Sox, too. This was another event he shared with the people he loved most in his life. It was always an adventure! “Take Me Out to The Ball Game” was a favorite song of his and of course “Sweet Caroline!”
Rich was a very talented painter, following in the footsteps of his late father, John Porter. He volunteered at food banks, homeless shelters, and he donated to Toys for Tots. He also assisted in rehabilitation programs to help others when he could. He had a beautiful heart. Richard struggled with alcohol and addiction himself, but he met many wonderful people in his life that helped him, as he helped others. He will watch over us all now.
Rich considered Guatemala to be his second, paradise home. He was loved and respected by so many friends and family there, which was mutual. Having learned to speak Spanish, he was able to help many people there, as well.
Richard will be missed by his wife Lesbia J. Porter and the five children they raised together: Genesis, Christina, Claudia, Karla, and Bianka, along with nine grandchildren and one great-grandson. He is also survived by his step-mother, Helen Porter, his sisters Justine Makein, Leah Sheridan, Lisa Morse and Paige Lawrence his brothers, John Porter, David Porter Jim Porter, Daniel Porter, Joe Fernandes and Michael Fernandes. He was predeceased by his father, John Porter, his mother, Elaine Fernandes, and his sisters, Lorraine Fernandes and Michelle Fernandes. He loved all of his siblings, their spouses, his beautiful grandparents, all of his aunts, uncles, cousins and all of their families, too. Rich also had a total of 20 nieces and nephews who had more children, making him a great uncle.
REST IN PEACE NOW RICH and WATCH OVER US ALL. WE LOVE YOU and YOU WILL BE MISSED. You will always live on in our hearts.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to your personal place of worship in his name and send up a prayer to Heaven, or a donation can be made in his name to Teen Challenge in Brockton, who alway helped Rich in so many ways as he fought to obtain and maintain his sobriety.
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