Richard Charles Dujardin, 77, of Providence, was taken to Heaven on August 15, 2022, the feast of the Assumption of Mary. He died in a tragic accident on his way to Mass during a visit to Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
He was the beloved husband of Rose-Marie (Lévesque), to whom he was married for 54 years, and was a wonderful father, brother and grandfather. He was a devout Catholic, with his faith at the center of his life.
Richard was a respected retired journalist, news junkie and movie buff. He was an attentive listener and a humorous and engaging storyteller. He took out his camera or iPad on field trips and family events to capture the memories.
As a lifelong learner, Richard enjoyed organ lessons after retirement, attempted to relearn conversational French, found he enjoyed watching local and college sports in his later years, and enjoyed travel. He was always on the lookout for the best deals on hotels, plane tickets, restaurants, and cruise ships.
Born in Queens, NY in 1944, Richard was the eldest of four sons of the late Julien and Veronica Dujardin. He graduated from Chaminade High School in 1962, then went to Fordham University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1966.
Immediately after graduation, he was hired by the Providence Journal and moved to Rhode Island. He then entered the United States Navy Officer Candidate School in Newport, followed by three years of service as a navigating officer on an ocean-going tug and ammunition ship.
Richard then returned to the Journal, where he worked for 47 years – first in various state offices, then 31 years as a religious writer, followed by several years as a breaking news reporter. He retired in 2013.
Among his career highlights, he was chosen as the pool reporter for Pope John Paul II’s visit to the United States in 1987, met the Dalai Lama, and won the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Religion Newswriters Association in 2015. He was president of the association and won several national awards for religious writing.
He has held office in the local chapters of several fraternal and French heritage organizations. He and Rose-Marie were communicants at St. Raymond’s Church in Providence for nearly 50 years and were very keen to send their children to Catholic elementary and secondary schools.
Besides his wife, Richard is survived by their six children and spouses: Julianne (Dominic) Grew, of Sharon, MA; Peter, of Newport News, Va.; Philip (Bridget), of Dorchester, MA; Joelle (Scott Mowry) of Honesdale, PA; Jean-Paul (Stacy) of Barrington, RI; and Jeffrey, of Los Angeles, California.
Richard is the loving “Popo” of 12 grandchildren: Monique, Conor, Megan, Matthew, Kathryn, Maeve, Ailish, Claire, Violet, Elodie, Veronica and Gabriel.
He is also survived by his brothers and their wives: Paul (Ginny) of Merrick, NY, Charles (Helene) of West Caldwell, NJ, and Robert (Priscilla) of Merrick, NY. He was the brother-in-law of Christiane Kevorkian, Charles Levesque, Vincent Levesque, Elizabeth Taylor, Michelle Tegan, Jeannine Henck and their spouses. He was also the uncle of several nieces and nephews.
Visiting hours will be Thursday, August 25 from 4-7 p.m. at Keefe Funeral Home, 5 Higginson Ave., Lincoln, RI A Christian Burial Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, August 26 at St. Raymond’s Church, 1240 North Main Street, Providence. Interment will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in East Providence.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made for ‘Aid to the Church in Need’, ‘Water is Life’ or ‘Anchor of Hope’.
Posted on August 20, 2022
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