Wrisley Funeral Home
90 Sugarloaf Street, South Deerfield, MA 01373
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Richard A Walton Sr.
Calling hours will be held on Friday (8/12/2022) from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Wrisley Funeral Home, 90 Sugarloaf Street, South Deerfield. Funeral services will be on Saturday (8/13/2022), beginning at 9:15 a.m. at Wrisley Funeral Home, processing to Holy Family Church for 10:00 Liturgy of Christian Burial. Burial with military honors will follow at St. Stanislaus Cemetery
Hadley, MA — Richard A Walton Sr. passed from this life too soon, with family by his side, after a battle with Cancer on Friday August 5, 2022, at Cooley Dickinson Hospital. He was born in Greenfield on May 25, 1955 to his parents, Herman and Hazel (Benedict) Walton. He graduated from Greenfield High School in 1974 and joined the United States Marine Corp shortly after graduation becoming a Vietnam era veteran. He left the service in 1980, and upon his return, he attended GCC.

He married the love of his life Suzanne (Comstock) Walton, in 1975 at St. Mary's Church in Turners Falls. Richard worked at Millers Falls Tool for several years and then at Hardigg Industries (Pelican Products) until his retirement after 41 years in April 2021.

He spent many years coaching his son, along with many others, over the years. He started with T-Ball, little league (including many all-star teams), Babe Ruth, Mantle, and then on to Frontier Regional (Middle school, JV, and Varsity). He also coached football, including Pop Warner, and Frontier Regional (Middle School, JV, and Varsity). He continued to coach both sports well after his son graduated. It became a passion for him, and he felt he was making a difference in the lives of those he coached.

His family always came first, not only with sports for his son but also dance with his daughters. He supported anything that his children wanted to do. He was an avid Red Sox and Patriots fan. He also enjoyed fishing and metal detecting. He was an outstanding husband, father, son, uncle, grandfather, and friend. He cherished his granddaughter Ayala; she was the apple of his eye and enjoyed walking Riley, his dog, every morning.

He leaves behind his wife Suzanne of 47 years; daughters: Jessica (Tim) Wells of Colrain, Kristina (Kfir Shay) Walton of NYC; his son Richard Walton Jr of Hadley and his granddaughter Ayala Shay. He also leaves sisters: Vivian (Jim) Doyle of Maine, Linda Walton of Turners Falls, Vanessa (Duane) Towne of Northfield, Cathy (Scott) Underwood of Erving; Mother-in-Law Barbara Comstock and many nieces, nephews and cousins as well as many, many friends. His parents predeceased him, as well as sisters Helen Walton and Jane Gordon, Father-in-law Wayne Comstock, Sister-in-law Joanne (Comstock) Miller, and Brother-in-Law Edward Comstock.

The family would like to thank all the nurses and doctors in the ER and ICU at Cooley Dickinson; they were so caring and helpful.

Calling hours will be held on Friday (8/12/2022) from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Wrisley Funeral Home, 90 Sugarloaf Street, South Deerfield. Funeral services will be on Saturday (8/13/2022), beginning at 9:15 a.m. at Wrisley Funeral Home, processing to Holy Family Church for 10:00 Liturgy of Christian Burial. Burial with military honors will follow at St. Stanislaus Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to Wounded Warrier or American Cancer Society