Richard Michael “Rick” Atherton

April 21, 2019


Richard Michael "Rick" Atherton, 58, of Taunton and Fairhaven, went to Heaven, passing away on Easter Sunday, April 21, 2019, surrounded by his family at Brigham and Women's Hospital, in Boston. He was the husband of 34 years to Deborah Ann (Greene) Atherton.

Born and raised in Milford, son of the late Jo Ann Savage and Ian Atherton of Hudson, NH, he lived in Taunton for 15 years prior to settling in Fairhaven three years ago. Rick graduated from Milford High School and Naval Nuclear Power School, serving in the Navy on the USS Tarawa. A proud and hardworking man, he was a self-employed entrepreneur and the owner operator of R & G Pump Service.

Rick loved animals, golf, and the gamble, but most of all time spent with his grandchildren. He will always be remembered for his charm, wit and boisterous personality.

He is survived by his loving wife, Debbie of Fairhaven; two daughters, Danielle Lee Atherton and Rachel JoAnn Atherton both of Taunton; a son, Samuel Joseph Atherton of Taunton; two granddaughters, Alexa Rayelle and Alicia Rose Futyma; his sisters, Tracey Doyle O'Mara of MIlford, MA, Patricia Marsden and her husband Jim of NH, Victoria and Morgan Atherton of Hudson, NH; his father, Ian Atherton and his wife Karen of Hudson, NH; and his pets who he loved so much.

Calling hours are Wednesday, May 1, 2019, from 5-8pm, in the Fairhaven Funeral Home, 117 Main St., Fairhaven. Interment in River-Side Cemetery, Fairhaven, will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Fairhaven Animal Shelter, 200 Bridge St., Fairhaven, MA 02719.

Calling Hours

MAY 1. 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)

Fairhaven Funeral Home
117 Main Street
Fairhaven, MA, 02719

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