Richard Byrd

Richard Byrd
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Woonsocket — Richard “Dickie” Byrd, 74, of Priscilla Rd, died Tuesday, January 22, 2018 at St. Antoine Residence in North Smithfield with his family by his side. He was the husband of Josephine “Josie” (Dandy) Byrd.

Born in Greenville, South Carolina, Richard was the son of the late Will and Maggie (Ebo) Byrd.

Richard worked as a security guard for Securitas EMC in Franklin for 10 years. Prior to EMC, he was a United Auto Worker for General Motors for 24 years. He was also owner and operator of the New Dad’s Place in Woonsocket for 13 years.

Richard was a member of St. James Baptist Church in Woonsocket and served as treasurer and trustee for several years. He was a member of the Masonic Temple - The Masons, Tyra Club, United Auto Workers Union, and the NAACP.

Richard is survived by his four children, Kevin Coleman of Woonsocket, Freddie Coleman of North Carolina, Ryan (Tonia) of Los Angeles, CA, and Jeanne Byrd Adams (Bryce) of New York, NY; four sisters, Marlene Sutton and Marcia Holmes both of Pennsylvania; Dora Wilson of Woonsocket, Ida Jones and one brother, Freddie Byrd, both of Norristown, PA; and five grandchildren - Candace Ellis, Rodney and Alleyah Byrd, Kyerrah Byrd, and Jordan Adams. He was also the father of the late Rodney C. Byrd and brother of the late William Ebo and Margie Mathis.

Calling hours are on Saturday, January 27, 2018 from 4-7 PM at the S. DiPardo Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 1583 Diamond Hill Rd, Woonsocket, RI 02895.

Funeral service will be held on Sunday, January 28, 2018 at 3 PM at St. James Baptist Church 340 South Main St, Woonsocket, RI.

Burial will be on Monday, January 29, 2018 at 10 AM at Union Cemetery, Smithfield Rd, North Smithfield, RI. Relatives and friends are invited.


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  –Ethan Henderson (2018/03/11)

Aunt Joe, you are such a strong woman of God. The first time I saw you in church after your husband died. All I could notice was your strength and the peace that only God could bring you. You are an inspiration. I’m keeping you in prayer.
with Love

  –Holly Perry (2018/02/24)


I was very sorry to hear about your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

-Antonio Sousa

  –Antonio Sousa (2018/02/14)


I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your father. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.


  –Becky (Fox) Blanchard (2018/01/29)

I can still hear Dickie laughing and yelling with pleasure as we rocketed down the back roads of Florida passing 140 mph. What fun memories!

  –Pat Siemion (2018/01/28)

We are so grateful to have known Dickie. His legacy will be one of family, joy, and a million smiles.

  –Barbara and Pat Siemion (2018/01/28)

There was no one like Dickie Byrd. Always smiling and super sweet. A loving father, grandfather and husband.

He will be missed.

Rest well Dickie Byrd.

  –Dedrie Boykin (2018/01/26)

An Oak of a man with strong roots in his faith and family. I’ll never forget his warmth and soft welcome to the family griin when we first met. God must have smiled when Dicky entered this world and I’m sure he gave him a huge hug when he entered his eternal home. A life well lived, a man well loved.

  –James (2018/01/26)


  –Kimberly Cook (2018/01/26)

Our Hearts go out to you and your family in your time of sorrow.


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