Richard Joseph Formalarie, age 66, passed away suddenly on August 24, 2022.
Rick was born in Waltham, MA, son of Joseph and Thelma Formalarie. He was large in stature, but a gentle, kind, and caring man known for his love of his family, outdoors and sports.
A longtime New England resident, Rick was a graduate of Hudson High School and Franklin Pierce University. He was always involved in sports. In high school, he excelled in basketball, track, and especially football. He was a proud member of the Hudson High School Athletics Hall of Fame. He went on to play UMass football as a lineman and continued throughout his life with running, skiing, hiking, biking, and golfing.
Rick had a successful career in Software Engineering, starting at Digital Equipment Corporation and finishing at Dell Computers. Along the way he collected many longtime friends.
He found spirituality in the mountains and forest. He was affectionately known as Ranger Rick because of his knowledge, leadership, skills and innate connection to the woods. Ranger Rick was always looking towards the next adventure and his spirit was in the mountains. He loved to travel with family, not only in the US, but across the world. The annual “Manly Hike” has enough stories to fill many books.
Rick was passionate about giving back, volunteering with New England Disabled Sports and Adaptive Sports Partners of the North Country for many years. He found joy in helping people who wouldn’t be able to otherwise learn and enjoy skiing and hiking.
Above all, Richard’s primary passion and sole focus was family. He married his best friend and they partnered to raise three very grateful children. Anne and Rick had a very special relationship, one full of love and experiences for almost 40 years.
Throughout the years, the Formalarie family enjoyed weekend skiing and hiking and longer vacations on cruises, road trips and plane rides. Rick loved an early morning sunrise, a bucket of cold beer, some sort of physical activity, DBS and being with his family. He was a proud grandfather of four grandchildren who absolutely adored him.
We will miss him tremendously and while his life was tragically cut short, it was full of adventure, fun and the love of family and friends.
Rick leaves behind his heartbroken wife, Anne (Moran) Formalarie; his children Andrew and Amanda Formalarie, Lauren and Colin Reilly and Kevin and Jessie Formalarie; his grandchildren Bear, Nora, Kendall and Mackenzie; his sisters Linda and her husband Les Wheeler, Judy and her husband Michael Mayo, Susan and her husband Jack Norton, Jayne and her husband Tom Roque, and many loving nieces and nephews.
There will be a private celebration of Richard’s life. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in his honor to the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests.
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