MR. RICHARD WARREN BABCOCK, 79, a former longtime resident of Hancock, MA died Friday May 16, 2014 at Williamstown Commons. He was born in Schenectady, NY on July 31, 1934, son of Clayton C. and Alice (Haley) Babcock. He attended the Williamstown High School He was a veteran of the Korean War and served in the US Marines from October 9, 1952 until his honorable discharge on October 8, 1955. Richard worked as a master barn-builder and was self-employed for his entire life. He was a communicant of St. Raphael’s Church in Williamstown. He was a member of the American Legion Post #152 of Williamstown. Richard was a member of the Williams Lodge of Masons and served as its Grandmaster and held many other positions in the lodge. He was an avid historian and authored several books. Richard also operated the Babcock Barn Museum. Survivors include 5 daughters- Hannah Pallos and her husband, Dino of Lanesboro, MA; twins Susan Coleman and her husband, Michael of County Mayo, Ireland and Alice Lynch and her husband, Robert of the state of Florida; Charlene Leonard and her husband, John and Margaret Goss and her husband, Timothy both of Hancock, MA. 5 Sons- David Babcock and his wife, Terrie of Lee, MA; Charles Babcock and his wife, Marie of Ohio; Clayton Babcock and his wife, Michelle of Cheshire, MA; George Babcock and his wife, Nancy of Lanesboro, MA; and Ronald Babcock and his wife, Justine of West Stephentown, NY He also leaves over 30 grandchildren and several great grandchildren; 2 brothers including Robert West of Pittstown, NY and Frederick West of Chicago, IL; and nieces and nephews. Four sisters are deceased including Margaret Torrey, Isabelle Peterson, Edith Haley, and Ruth West.
FUNERAL NOTICE: A Liturgy of Christian Burial for Richard Babcock will be celebrated Wednesday May 21, 2014 at 10:00 AM at Sts. Patrick/Raphael Church in Williamstown. Burial will follow in Westlawn Cemetery. Calling hours at FLYNN & DAGNOLI-MONTAGNA HOME FOR FUNERALS WEST CHAPELS, were held Tuesday from 4-7 PM. Memorial contributions may be made to HospiceCare of the Berkshires in care of the funeral home. To send a card or a message, please visit www.flynndagnolifuneralhomes.com.