Richard Phelps

Richard S. Phelps

Thursday, January 20th, 1938 - Monday, May 4th, 2020
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Phelps, Richard Stevens, age 82 long time resident of Arlington who recently moved to Sudbury passed away Monday, May 4, 2020. Beloved husband of the late Judith Ann (Miller) Phelps. Loving father of Gwendolyn Phelps of Sudbury and Joscelyn Moore and her Husband Todd of Lancaster. In addition to his two daughters, he is survived by three grandchildren Todd Ferreira and his wife Rebecca of Leominster, Ethan and Aiden Moore of Lancaster and one great grandchild Landon Ferreira the son of Todd and Rebecca. Along with his sister Marcia Rieth of Gardner and his late brother H. Edward Phelps. As well as, many loving nieces, nephews and family members. Born in Holden, son of the late Harold Shaw and Isabelle Lila (Stevens) Phelps. Richard was a past Boy Scout, DeMolay International Member and an avid Bowler. He was a former educator of the Cambridge Public School system where he served as a Director of Curriculum and Assessment, an Evening School Principal, and Coordinator of Instructional Management. Prior to his time in Cambridge he was an English Educator within the Holden Public School System. He also served as an Executive Secretary and Treasurer of New England Association Teachers of English. After retiring from education he studied at Andover Newton Theological School where he went on to become a UCC Ordained Minister leading worship in New Marlborough and later became an interim minister to many churches in the New England area . While raising his beloved family, he held many titles in the town of Arlington such as an Election Official, Town Meeting Member for many years and served as a Board Member for the Council on Aging. Although he had many accomplishments throughout his life, his greatest and one which he cherished the most was his devotion and love to his family. Due to the current precautions surrounding COVID-19 all arrangements are private and under the care of DeVito Funeral Home, 1145 Mass Ave., ARLINGTON. A private burial will occur in the family lot in West Boylston. In lieu of flowers donations can be made in memory of Richard to American Diabetes Association, 2451 Crystal Drive, Suite 900 Arlington, VA 22202 or Visit to send an online condolence.
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    Mount Vernon Cemetery
    140 Worcester St.
    West Boylston, Massachusetts 01583
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    Due to the current precautions surrounding COVID-19 all arrangements are private.
Due to the current precautions surrounding COVID-19 all arrangements are private.


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Kate Shaw-Mochida and family

Posted at 08:26am
Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your lossour thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
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Lourie August

Posted at 05:05pm
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Rev. Phelps. I knew him at the Arlington Council on Aging and always valued his sound words.


Posted at 09:38am
From: James & Diane and our Children.
May you rest in peace with Love and Memories as you rejoin your wife Judith.

From: Kingsley & Janet
May you rest in peace my long time Best Friend and Bother in-law, heaven is getting a great guy.


Wyn Kelley and Dale Peterson

Posted at 08:50pm
We are so sorry to hear of your loss. We cherished Dick and Judy as lovely neighbors for 25 years. We miss Dick's genial presence on Oakland Ave and will always think of him and Judy when we go to vote or remember his stories about the neighborhood. He was our favorite local historian and a charming man.

Brian Higgins

Posted at 07:06pm
Todd and Phelps family,

I send you all my prayers and condolences during this difficult time. Mr. Phelps was a wonderful man who made a positive impact on the world. I feel grateful to have known him and to have had many conversations with him. I will always remember his sense of humor and great storytelling abilities. I will miss him.

Thinking of you all.

Brian Higgins

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