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Richard Wells

Richard W. Wells Jr.

Saturday, August 9th, 1924 - Wednesday, December 5th, 2018
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Richard W. Wells Jr., 94 of Williamstown, MA died Wednesday December 5, 2018, at his home in Williamstown.
Born in Philadelphia, PA on August 9, 1924, son of Gladys and Richard W. Wells. Dick attended schools in Upper Darby Township and graduated from Upper Darby High School in June 1943. Upon graduation, he joined the US Navy where he served as a signalman (“Flags”) in both the European and Pacific theaters. After his honorable discharge in March of 1946, he entered Williams College. There he served as president of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity, was a member of the golf team, treasurer of the undergraduate council, a member of the student activities council and the Gargoyle Society.

After graduation in June of 1949, Dick joined his father in the wool business creating the Richard W. Wells Co in Philadelphia, serving all the woolen and worsted mills in the United States. In 1967, he and his family moved to Sudbury, MA in order to open another office in Boston. He became president of the Boston Wool Trade Association from 1986 to 1990.

Always grateful for his time at Williams, Dick was active in alumni efforts. He served as president of the Philadelphia Alumni Association and was co-chairman of a committee for prospective Williams students in both Philadelphia and Boston. He served on the Society of Alumni from 1974 to 1977 and was class agent for the class of ’49 for 14 years. He was presented with the Copeland Award in 1982.

After retiring, Dick spent his winters as a member of the Indian River Club in Vero Beach, FL where he was able to indulge his lifelong passion of playing golf. By his own count, recorded in a small black notebook, he played at 509 different courses. The pinnacle came when he was able to play at Augusta National Golf Club with 3 close friends complete with a stay in the Eisenhower cabin. He was always proud to announce that he had ‘shot his age’ and avidly played until 2015. But golf was more than a game for Dick; it was a way to bring people together. He was very pleased to establish an annual golf outing at various courses in Vero Beach pairing local Williams alumni with members of the Williams College golf team on their spring trip.

He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Vero Beach.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Ann Wells, and three sons: Kim Wells and his wife Lynda K. Bundtzen of Williamstown, Peter Wells and his wife Sue Wells of Williamstown and Ted Wells and his wife Clarissa Stout-Wells of Victor, ID. He leaves nine grandchildren, one great grandson and a nephew. He is predeceased by his daughter, Pamela Wells, and his sister Ginger Wells.

FUNERAL NOTICE: Services for Richard Wells will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Straight Ahead Ministries, 791 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01610 or the Homeless Family Center Inc., 720 4th Street, Vero Beach, FL 32962.

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    Thursday, May 16th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Thursday, May 16th, 2019 11:00am
    First Baptist Church of Williamstown
    731 Main St.
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    Rev. Chuck St. John


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Posted at 10:28am
Dear Wells Family,
Marty and I were saddened deeply when we read Mr. Wells’s obituary in The Globe. He was a truly kind gentleman. We loved seeing him at the Alumni Golf Tournament each year. He was a treasured friend of my dad’s. I have wonderful memories of the two of them laughing together on the terrace at Taconic after a round of golf.
You have our deepest sympathy.
With love,
Patty Doggett

Kim and Judy Chapman

Posted at 04:20pm
Hi Ann and family,
Please accept our sincere condolences. Kim had always enjoyed talking and playing golf with Dick. Dick loved his grandchildren and he and Kim enjoyed talking about their progress.
Dick labeled my foursome as the dew sweepers and how right he was!
Dick truly was a gentleman, a very interested person as well as a caring , special individual. He will be missed.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Kim and Judy Chapman

Mimi Roy

Posted at 01:14pm
Dear Wells Family, my deepest sympathy on the loss of your father. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Susan and Bill Stoughton

Posted at 08:44am
Dear Ann,
Please know Bill and I are thinking about you and sending prayers and concerns for your loss of Dick. We have missed seeing you sitting behind us iat First Presbyterian in Vero.
Susie and Bill

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