His entire life centered around his beloved wife, BJ, to whom he was married for 53 years; his two children, Richard Beretta Jr. and Elizabeth Beretta Perik; and his five grandchildren, Jack, Michael, Matthew, John and William; as well as his many nieces and nephews, and grand-nephews and grand-nieces.
In addition to being survived by his wife and children, he will also be missed by his dearly beloved brother Norman; his sisters-inlaw Joyce, Ruth, Serena, Jean and Gail; his daughter-in-law Amy Beretta, and son-in-law Michael Perik. He joins in heaven his brothers Joseph and David, his sister Ann and his parents David and Bianca.
Richard was a URI graduate in civil engineering who used his skill as a town engineer for Lincoln and with the Rhode Island Department of Transportation. He also served his country as an ROTC lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserve. Dick was an avid golfer who belonged to Wanumetonomy Country Club in Middletown and Sailfish Point Country Club in Florida. He was also a devoted member and committee member at St. Mark Church in Jamestown.
His passions in life included cheering on his grandsons at their sporting events, playing golf with his friends, and analyzing every play run by his beloved New England Patriots.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Friday, Jan. 11, at 10 a.m. in St. Mark Church. Burial in St. Mark Cemetery will be private. Relatives and friends are invited to visitation on Thursday, Jan. 10, from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Fagan- Quinn Funeral Home on Boston Neck Road in North Kingstown.
In recognition of the superior care that Dr. Schiffman gave Richard for years, the family asks that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Miriam Hospital Cancer Center in Providence.