Richard C. Assmus, Jr., age 72

of Braintree

Richard C. Assmus, Jr., age 72

Richard C. Assmus, Jr., age 72, of Braintree, died peacefully, Monday, June 6, 2022 in the comfort of his home, surrounded by his loving family.

Richard was born in Quincy, to the late Richard C. and Shirley (Christenson) Assmus. Raised there, he was a graduate of Quincy High School, Class of 1968. Rick earned an Associate’s degree from the Wentworth Institute and two Bachelor’s degrees from Northeastern University. He lived in Braintree for over forty years.

Rick was proud to have served as a Sergeant in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam conflict.

He was employed as a mechanical engineer for Verizon, formerly the GTE Corporation, for over thirty years. Following his retirement, he worked as a building manager at the Duxbury campus of the South Shore Conservatory for thirteen years.

Rick enjoyed skiing and hiking. He was known as a craftsman and enjoyed home improvement projects. Most of all, he was devoted to his family, especially his cherished grandchildren, actively supporting their many activities and accomplishments.

Beloved husband for fifty years of Carolyn L. (DiTullio) Assmus.

Devoted father of Brian P. Assmus and his wife Tina of Braintree, Kevin M. Assmus and his wife Beth of Halifax.

Loving grandfather of Kade and Lucy; Dylan, Ryan, and Reid.

One of four siblings, he was the dear brother of Kathleen E. Assmus of Fla., Frederick S. Assmus of Weymouth, and the late Virginia A. Assmus.

Richard is also survived by his sister-in-law, Luann Hamill and her husband Tom of Plymouth.

Memorial Visitation will be held at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, on Sunday, June 12, from 2 – 5 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Military honors will be conducted at the conclusion of the visitation.

For those who wish, donations in Richard’s memory may be made to the Prostate Cancer Foundation, 1250 Fourth Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401 or the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284-9168.


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  • Brian Tina and Family,
    We are so sorry for your your loss. May your Dad RIP
    Martin and Paula Downey

  • I had the honor of working with Rick at South Shore conservatory where his talent and dedication were evident every day. I’m grateful for our time together, and that we were able to share one last hug in April when he drove to duxbury just to say goodbye to me- a true gentleman and wise counselor. My deepest sympathies to his family, he will be greatly missed.
    Beth MacLeod Largent

  • What a great loss of a great guy. We worked together at the Conservatory, he was truly one of the best people I’ve ever met.

  • Rip my brother 🙏🙏🇺🇸🇺🇸

  • Carolyn, Brian and Tina and family, Kevin and Beth and family, wishing you my heartfelt condolences. Rick was gracious, thoughtful and kind, ever the gentleman, with me and my sons whenever or whatever occasion arose. There were fun and joyful moments aplenty and I will always remember them and him.

  • Love you, Dad

  • To Carolyn and Family,

    I am so sad to here of Richard’s passing. I worked with Carolyn’s for several years at the Fenway Star Market. From our conversations, I could tell that he was a very special person. Losing a loved one is never easy, but I am sure you all have many wonderful memories of him.

    I will keep each of you in my thoughts and prayers.

    Bob Kelly

  • It was my privilege to work with Rick for 13 years. He was a gentleman in every way. Kind, hard working, supportive. He took great pride in his work and his talents as a carpenter and craftsman can be seen throughout South Shore Conservatory. He will be greatly missed.

  • Sincere condolences to all the Assmus family. I became acquainted with Richard, Jr. when I took care if his Dad, Richard Sr.
    Both were gentle men …I still think of Richard Sr. We always had a great time . So very sorry for your loss.

  • I was very fortunate to work with Carolyn in the Fenway Star Market, I always enjoyed hearing her stories about her family. I know that when she spoke of Rick her face always lit up, listening to her talk about her life with him made me think that theirs was a very true and sweet love story. From all she shared with me I knew that Rick was a kind, gentle man -a very special soul who truly loved and enjoyed his family. My heart goes out to all who had the pleasure to know and love him.

  • Rick was a wonderful person, a wonderful neighbor and a wonderful friend. Sympathy to Carolyn, Brian, Kevin and families. .May you be comforted with great memories.
    Patti Perkins

  • Rick was a strong man with a gentle soft spoken way.
    He is the type of guy, high integrity & loyal, we all aspire to be.
    I will miss you my friend.

  • Ricky and I were early childhood friends and neighbors. Will always remember how kind and caring the entire Assmus family was to my family and to the other families in the neighborhood. You’ll be in my thoughts, buddy. Dennis Beaumier

  • Dear Carolyn and Family

    We are all so terribly sorry to hear of Rick’s passing. He was such a gentle giant. I will always remember the times you and he would come by 54 Front Street to visit and he would make a point of reaching out and inquiring as to what was going on in your life. I always admired his strength, his smile and kind demeanor. I’m glad we were able to see and chat with you and Rick recently and I was able to introduce my son Patrick….another gentle giant. He loved you all so dearly and will always live on in you and your sons. All our Love, John, Barbara, John-Anthony and Patrick

  • To Carolyn and family, so very sorry for your loss.💔 Great guy, always had a quick smile.💔

  • I truly appreciated Rick’s presence at SSC. When I was uncomfortably pregnant back in 2013, he made sure to set up my Music Together classroom each day I needed it, including a chair for me. . . . which made me feel supported during a very hard time. I loved hearing Rick talk about your many journeys out west, and about your grandchildren. His helpfulness, honesty, kindness, and no-nonsense approach was important for our community. I picture him sitting in his office basement, eating an apple.

    I am so sorry for your loss, and for his illness. With love, Emily