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August 17, 1958 ~ January 7, 2024 (age 65) 65 Years Old
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Richard Casey passed away on January 7th, 2024 at his home in Chicopee, MA, a CHD residential program. He was born in Germany on May 17, 1958. Richard was born to the late Richard and Doris Casey of WA. Richard was part of the historic class action suit against MA regarding individuals living in institutions. He resided at Belchertown State school from age 4 till his release in his early twenties to a community residence. Richard attended various vocational programs such as Sunshine Village for 15 years. He then went on to attend Baroco Day Habilitation Center in West Springfield MA. Richi loved puppies and had a collection of dog statues. He also enjoyed coloring, country music, race cars, and his favorite food, ice cream. He participated in numerous community activities such as the YMCA, church, events at Jericho in Holyoke, MA as well as visiting local restaurants. Richard also enjoyed traveling with Bright Days Recreational Services with owner Vernon Kellogg, his prior shared living provider. Before living with Vernon, he lived with Helen Ludden in a shared living placement in Chicopee, MA. Richard will be greatly missed by his guardian of 41 years, Susan Jones of Greenfield, his friends and dedicated staff of Baroco, his residential staff manager Ashleigh Smith, his three housemates, and his supportive staff of CHD/Meadows Programs and the Dept. of Developmental Services staff that provided him support and services for the last 45 years. Services will take place at Barry J. Farrell Funeral Home, 2049 Northampton Street, Holyoke MA on January 23rd 2024. Memorial service will begin at 10am.