Richard Bruce “ Dick” Fennelly, 67, retired Quincy Fire Department, of Quincy, died Jan. 21.
Richard Bruce was born in Boston and was a graduate of Quincy Trade School, Class of 1965, in cabinet making. He joined the U.S. Coast Guard in 1966 where he was awarded the Coast Guard Commendation Medal for rescuing the crew of the vessel Sea King in high seas.
Richard was a dedicated firefighter for the Quincy Fire Department for Engine 2 and Engine 7 for 32 years before retiring in 2002. He was a gourmet cook at the firehouse and the highlight of his career was having delivered a baby while on his shift. He was both a Quincy Youth Hockey and Soccer coach. He enjoyed gardening, cabinet making, fishing, traveling, cruises, cooking and made the best banana bread ever!
Most of all Richard Bruce loved his family who were the cornerstone of his life. He will be missed by all who had the pleasure to have known him.
Beloved husband of Beverly C. “Zinkus” Fennelly of Quincy. Loving father of Sean C. Fennelly of Quincy. Devoted son of Norma R. Fennelly of Port Orange, Florida, and the late Canice J. Fennelly, Ret. BFD. Brother of Donald Fennelly and his wife Ginny of Edgwater, Florida. Brother-in-law of John P. Zinkus Jr. and his wife Marie of Milton. Uncle of Glen Zinkus and his wife Tuen of Eugene, Oregon, Lee Ann Lee and her husband Kenneth of Methuen, Mark Zinkus of Hingham, Darlene Fennelly of Weymouth and Wendy Fennelly Begley of Lyons, Colorado. Richard is also survived by many great nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the visiting hours on Monday 4-8 PM in the Keohane Funeral Home, 785 Hancock St., QUINCY. A celebration of life service will be held in the funeral home Tuesday at 10:15am prior to the Service Tuesday at 11am in Wollaston Congregational Church, 48 Winthrop Ave. Quincy, MA 02170.
Interment will be at Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne, MA, at a later date.
Donations in memory of Richard Bruce may be made to Quincy Fire Department Relief Association, 40 Quincy Avenue, Quincy, MA 02169.