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Richard Dowey Veighey

Agawam, Massachusetts

October 31, 1948 - July 8, 2024

Richard Dowey Veighey Obituary

Richard Veighey, beloved father, cherished friend, skilled mechanic, passionate car enthusiast, dedicated Shriner, adventurous motorcyclist, and avid boater and snowmobiler, passed away peacefully on July 8, 2024 at the age of 75.
Rich was born in Chicopee to Mary Grimes and George Veighey. He grew up with a deep fascination for engines and machines, a passion that guided his life's work. As a gifted mechanic, for the Town of Agawam, and other places, Rich could diagnose and repair any vehicle with meticulous attention to detail, earning the trust and respect of countless people over the years. His garage was not just a place of work but a sanctuary where he shared his expertise and enthusiasm with those who sought his help. Rich, also served in the Army being drafted during the Vietnam War into service and was honorably discharged in 1975.
Beyond his professional accomplishments, Rich was known for his love of cars and motorcycles. He could often be found tinkering with engines, attending car shows, or embarking on scenic motorcycle rides with friends. His knowledge and enthusiasm for automobiles were infectious, leaving a lasting impression on everyone he met.
Rich was also deeply involved in his community as a member of the Shriners organization, where he dedicated himself to charitable causes and enjoyed participating in parades and events. His commitment to service and camaraderie enriched the lives of many, embodying the spirit of fellowship and giving back.
In his leisure time, Rich found joy and tranquility from the outdoors. Whether cruising in his boat on sunny afternoons or fishing with loved ones, snowmobiling in the winter with friends and family, as well as camping with friends and family, he cherished the freedom and serenity that the outdoors offered.
Above all else, Rich was a devoted father and a loyal friend. He leaves behind a legacy of kindness, generosity, and unwavering support for those he loved. His warm smile, hearty laugh, and willingness to lend a hand will be dearly missed by his family, friends, and all who had the privilege of knowing him.
Rich is survived by his 3 sons, Rich and his partner Jo Ann, Scott and his wife Heather, and Timothy and his wife Amber. His brother George, Sister in-law Nancy and her partner Jimmy, Brother In –law Eddie and wife Dottie. As well as his deeply cherished 7 grandkids, whom he loved and spoiled as much as possible. Many extremely close nephews, nieces, and dear friends, Eddie, John and Colter to name a few. Last but not least his dearly beloved yorkie, Snoopy. He was preceded in death by his one true love of his life Althea K Veighey (Bockie), Sister, Ann Kinsley, Brother, John Veighey, as well as his parents.
A celebration of Rich's life will be held from 1-3PM on Sunday, July 14th at Colonial Forastiere Funeral & Cremation, 985 Main St. Agawam, MA. A funeral service will be held on Monday, July 15th at 10AM at the funeral home with a gathering of family and friends beginning at 9:30AM. Burial will follow in St. Thomas Cemetery, West Springfield. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Shriners Hospital, 516 Carew St., Springfield, MA 01104, reflecting Rich's lifelong commitment to helping others.
Rich’s memory will forever live on in the hearts of those who loved him. May he rest in peace, surrounded by the roar of engines and forever in our hearts.

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Richard Dowey Veighey hosted by Forastiere Family Funeral & Cremation.

Richard Veighey, beloved father, cherished friend, skilled mechanic, passionate car enthusiast, dedicated Shriner, adventurous motorcyclist, and avid boater and snowmobiler, passed away peacefully on July 8, 2024 at the age of 75.
Rich was born in Chicopee to Mary Grimes and George Veighey. He grew up with a deep fascination for engines and machines, a passion that guided his life's work. As a gifted mechanic, for the Town of Agawam, and other places, Rich could diagnose and repair any vehicle with meticulous attention to detail, earning the trust and respect of countless people over the years. His garage was not just a place of work but a sanctuary where he shared his expertise and enthusiasm with those who sought his help. Rich, also served in the Army being drafted during the Vietnam War into service and was honorably discharged in 1975.
Beyond his professional accomplishments, Rich was known for his love of cars and motorcycles. He could often be found tinkering with engines, attending car shows, or embarking on scenic motorcycle rides with friends. His knowledge and enthusiasm for automobiles were infectious, leaving a lasting impression on everyone he met.
Rich was also deeply involved in his community as a member of the Shriners organization, where he dedicated himself to charitable causes and enjoyed participating in parades and events. His commitment to service and camaraderie enriched the lives of many, embodying the spirit of fellowship and giving back.
In his leisure time, Rich found joy and tranquility from the outdoors. Whether cruising in his boat on sunny afternoons or fishing with loved ones, snowmobiling in the winter with friends and family, as well as camping with friends and family, he cherished the freedom and serenity that the outdoors offered.
Above all else, Rich was a devoted father and a loyal friend. He leaves behind a legacy of kindness, generosity, and unwavering support for those he loved. His warm smile, hearty laugh, and willingness to lend a hand will be dearly missed by his family, friends, and all who had the privilege of knowing him.
Rich is survived by his 3 sons, Rich and his partner Jo Ann, Scott and his wife Heather, and Timothy and his wife Amber. His brother George, Sister in-law Nancy and her partner Jimmy, Brother In –law Eddie and wife Dottie. As well as his deeply cherished 7 grandkids, whom he loved and spoiled as much as possible. Many extremely close nephews, nieces, and dear friends, Eddie, John and Colter to name a few. Last but not least his dearly beloved yorkie, Snoopy. He was preceded in death by his one true love of his life Althea K Veighey (Bockie), Sister, Ann Kinsley, Brother, John Veighey, as well as his parents.
A celebration of Rich's life will be held from 1-3PM on Sunday, July 14th at Colonial Forastiere Funeral & Cremation, 985 Main St. Agawam, MA. A funeral service will be held on Monday, July 15th at 10AM at the funeral home with a gathering of family and friends beginning at 9:30AM. Burial will follow in St. Thomas Cemetery, West Springfield. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Shriners Hospital, 516 Carew St., Springfield, MA 01104, reflecting Rich's lifelong commitment to helping others.
Rich’s memory will forever live on in the hearts of those who loved him. May he rest in peace, surrounded by the roar of engines and forever in our hearts.

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Richard Dowey Veighey hosted by Forastiere Family Funeral & Cremation.

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