Obituary of Richard J. Aloisi

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Richard James Aloisi passed away after a short illness on August 16, 2018.  He was born April 14, 1936 in Risingdale, MA to Ann and William Aloisi.  Richard graduated from Searles High School in 1955 in Great Barrington, MA.  He was a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne, then stationed in Germany in the 11th Airborne from 1956-1958.

He later graduated Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology in Boston MA, where he studied electrical and electronics.  In 1958, he began working for his future father in law, Harland B Foster as an electrician.  He married his high school sweetheart, JoAnn M Foster on April 18, 1959.  They built their home on Highland Drive in Great Barrington where he resided until passing.  In 1970, he established his own company RJ Aloisi Electric, Inc which today is run by his son Jeffrey.  In 1972, he became partners with Robert Spence to open S&A Supply, Inc. the areas first plumbing and heating wholesale house which soon grew to three locations and expanded to sell plumbing, heating and electrical products with two showrooms.  Richard retired in 2001 to enjoy traveling with friends and family.

He was a member of the Elks Club in Westfield, MA, the James A Modolo VFW in Great Barrington and a long time member of Wyantenuck Country Club.  He volunteered as a Great Barrington fire fighter and served on the Great Barrington Fire District.  In later years, he worked as a wiring inspector in the towns of New Marlborough, Tyringham and Lee.

He leaves behind three children, Elizabeth “Betsy” Aloisi Andrus of Monterey, Richard Brock Aloisi of Great Barrington, and Jeffrey James Aloisi and his wife Robyn Zanin Aloisi of New Marlborough.  He will be truly missed by his eight grand children, Daniel and Nicole Andrus, Emily and Joseph Aloisi, Aidan, Ashton, Ana and Addisyn Aloisi.  He leaves behind two sisters, Jean Stoecker of Windsor Locks, CT and Cathleen Pedone of Northborough, MA.  He also leaves behind lots of beloved extended family and life long friends.  He was predeceased by his wife JoAnn and his brother William.

Funeral services for Richard J. Aloisi will be held on Friday August 24 at 10:00 AM with a Liturgy of Christian Burial at Saint Peter’s Church with Reverend William P. Murphy Pastor officiating. Burial with Military Honors will follow in Saint Peter’s Cemetery. Family will receive friends on Thursday August 23 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the BIRCHES-ROY FUNERAL HOME 33 South Street Great Barrington MA 01230. In lieu of flowers expressions of sympathy in Richard’s memory may be made to either to St Peter’s Church (renovation fund) in Great Barrington or the Southern Berkshire Volunteer Ambulance in Great Barrington in care of the funeral home. Condolences may be made through

3 Responses to Obituary of Richard J. Aloisi

  1. I am sorry to hear of the passing of our Uncle Dick. My condolences to cousins Betsy, Ricky and Jeff and your families. I remember your father from our annual summer visits to his parents. Uncle Dick was always welcoming, funny and considerate to the whole family. He will be missed.

  2. Betsy, Ricky, Jeff and Robyn, Jean, Cathy and grandchildren: We
    have many fond memories of JoAnn and Dick, going back to high
    school, as well as being in each others’ weddings. Our love, thoughts and prayers go out to you all, and may they rest in peace.
    Marlene and Tom

  3. I was saddened to hear of the passing of my friend and neighbor, Dick.
    With the previous death of his brother, Bill, my classmate, I may be left as the only survivor of a “Hickeyville” birth..
    Richard Dick Nault

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