May 24, 2022

Richard J. Mercier


It is with profound sadness that the family of Richard J. Mercier announces his unexpected passing into eternal life on December 28, 2021 at the age of 68.

Born in Providence on February 25, 1953, he was the son of the late A. Donald and Virginia (Lovett) Mercier. Richard was a 1971 graduate of Smithfield High School. He spent over a decade as the owner of “Richard’s Shell” in East Providence. The self-proclaimed “greatest paperboy” worked for several publications over the last thirty years, including The Pawtucket Times, Newport Daily News, Providence Business News, Auto Mart Magazine, and Dominion Distribution.

Richard leaves behind his beloved wife Michaela Clancy Mercier, to whom he was married for 43 years, and their children Justin R. Mercier and his wife Marah of Seekonk, MA; Neil F. Mercier and his wife Erica of Seekonk, MA; Timothy J. Mercier & Michael D. Mercier, both of Riverside.

He was also the loving Grandpa/Papa to four granddaughters: Aly, Hannah, Elizabeth & Emily Mercier. Additionally, he leaves his affectionate “Clancy-in-law” clan of 11 brothers- and sisters-in-law, 13 nieces and nephews, and 13 great nieces and nephews whom he welcomed anytime to his house for family gatherings and summer swims.

Richard was a resident of East Providence for over forty years and gave back in many roles, including President of the Carousel Commission, Scout Master, East Providence Umpires Association, Riverside Ward 4 Democratic Committee, and various coaching roles for his children.

He loved all New England sports teams, none more than the Boston Red Sox, and, like so many other fans, the 2004 World Series held a special spot in his heart. Known for the gift of gab, “Rich from Riverside” truly had a passion for talking with family, friends, and colleagues on many subjects, his favorite of which was singing the praises of his granddaughters.

His Funeral will be held on Wednesday, January 5, 2021 from the W. RAYMOND WATSON FUNERAL HOME, 350 Willett Avenue, Riverside at 9:45 a.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Brendan Church, Turner Avenue, Riverside at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Calling hours are Tuesday from 4-7 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, in Richard’s memory, have a conversation with someone you’ve lost touch with to let them know you care.

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