Richard Wingate Jervis, 81 of Coventry, RI passed away on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at the Home of the Good Shepherd Assisted Living, his home in Moreau, NY. He was the husband of the late Alice Jean Jervis, his beloved wife of 47 years. Born in West Warwick, he was the son of late Elizabeth (Wingate) Wells, and the late James Thomas Jervis. He lived most of his life in Coventry.
Richard is survived by three daughters: Kathryn J. Jervis (husband Christopher Bannister) of Hope Valley, RI; Beth LaRue (husband Ronald) of Ft. Edward, NY; and Amy Richards (husband Keith) of Odenton, MD; eight grandchildren, one great-grandchild; four brothers, Thomas Jervis, the late Harry Jervis, Fred Jervis, R. David Jervis, and three sisters, Ann Palumbo, the late Jean Ferguson, Betty Fisher, several nieces and nephews, and many good friends.
Richard was a proud veteran in the service of the U.S. Navy during the Korean War where he received a National Defense Service medal. Richard worked for many years as an air-conditioning, refrigeration mechanic at the Veterans' Administration Hospital in Providence, South County Hospital, and at Quonset Point. He worked at the Coventry Housing Authority and as a crossing guard at Coventry public schools. He was proud to have volunteered as part of the Auxiliary Police in Coventry.
Richard was very actively involved and thoroughly enjoyed many community service activities. He was the past Grand Knight and club President of Monsignor Peter E. Blessing Council in Coventry, member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks #2285, the Masonic Lodge, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Association, and past President of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees, RI.
Richard loved to golf and bowl, and he retired to the Villages in Lady Lakes, Florida. He treasured his times with family and good friends, often making dinner for the crowd. He really lived life to the fullest.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Saints John and Paul Church, 341 South Main Street, Coventry, on Monday, February 20 at 10:00 a.m., followed by burial with military honors at Rhode Island Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 301 South County Trail, Exeter, at 11:30. Calling hours will be on Sunday, February 19, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Carpenter-Jenks Funeral Home & Crematory, 659 East Greenwich Avenue, West Warwick.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Alzheimer's Association Rhode Island Chapter, 245 Waterman Street, Suite 306, Providence, RI 02906.