Richard E. Laracy, Detective Sergeant, Q.P.D., Ret., age 89

of Quincy

Richard E. Laracy, Detective Sergeant, Q.P.D., Ret., age 89

Richard E. Laracy, Detective Sergeant, Quincy Police Department, Retired, age 89, a longtime Quincy resident and thirty-year winter resident of Naples, Fla., died unexpectedly, Saturday, January 15, 2022.

Richard was born in Weymouth, to the late Edward P. and Edna M. (Ross) Laracy-Shand. He was raised in Quincy and was a graduate of North Quincy High School, Class of 1950, where he played all sports, and was inducted into the North Quincy High School Baseball Hall of Fame. Dick received a Bachelor’s degree in law enforcement from Northeastern University in 1978, and a Master’s degree from Anna Maria College in criminal justice.

Dick was a Quincy Police officer for thirty-seven years. He was appointed to the department in 1961 and was promoted to Sergeant in 1971, serving as a patrol supervisor before becoming a detective sergeant and Liquor Inspector in 1986, a position he held until his retirement in 1997. After retirement, he conducted alcohol awareness seminars for local cities and towns.

As a young man, Dick worked for the New Haven Railroad until he was drafted into the U.S. Army. At the rank of sergeant, he proudly served his country during the Korean War. He was a member of the American Legion Post 95 and a Life Member of the Braintree DAV Post 29.

As an avid baseball enthusiast, Dick was active in all phases of baseball throughout his life.

Dick was proud to be a catcher throughout his playing years. Working out with teams such as, the Boston Red Sox, the Boston Braves, the Cincinnati Reds, Chicago White Sox and Pittsburgh Pirates. While serving in the Army he played for the Fort Eustis Wheelers on the same team with Willie Mays and Vern Law.

After his playing years, he turned to umpiring from 1956 through 1960. In 1969 he began coaching. He coached the Quincy Police Boys Club, the Quincy Elks, and Quincy Legion Post 95 Baseball, winning many city championships in his twenty plus years of coaching. He was also the coordinator of the Quincy Police Jimmy Fund canister drives for twenty years.

After his retirement from the Quincy Police Department, at the age of 65, he played on many softball and baseball leagues both in New England and Florida until the age of 80.

In 1997, at the age of 65 he was the over 50 MVP at the Boston Red Sox Fantasy Camp. He also played many years in the “Legends of Baseball games” in Cooperstown, N.Y., receiving the Baseball Lifetime Achievement Award.

The only thing Dick loved more than baseball was his love for family. He enjoyed attending sporting events for his grandchildren and summer cookouts with family.

Beloved husband for sixty-four years of Nancy J. (Classon) Laracy. Together in retirement, Nancy and Dick enjoyed taking multiple cruises and vacationing in Aruba.

Devoted father of Edward P. Laracy and his wife Mary Ellen of Weymouth, Lori J. Johnson and her husband Richard of Middleboro, Robert H. Laracy, Lt., Q.F.D. and his wife Mary of Abington.

Loving grandfather of Stephen Johnson and his wife Alexandra, Michael Laracy and his wife Margaret, Lindsay Damaso and husband Brian, Jennifer Laracy, Amanda Johnson and Robert R. Laracy.

Cherished great-grandfather of Penny and Chloe Laracy.

Dear brother of Frederick J. Laracy, Captain, Q.P.D., Retired and his wife Dorothy of Braintree. Dick is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours will be held at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, on Friday, January 21, from 4 – 7 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. The family requests that those attending Dick’s services wear a mask or face covering. Funeral Services will be conducted at the funeral home on Saturday, January 22, at 10:30 a.m. Interment, with military honors, to follow at Pine Hill Cemetery, West Quincy.

For those who wish, donations in Dick’s memory may be made to the Jimmy Fund, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284-9168 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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  • I didn’t know Dick personally but from what I just read he was a remarkable man people only dream to have a life taking Mary had he must’ve been a wonderful man and a loving husband and father I know this to be true because my sister-in-law is Mary is married his son Bob I met this daughter Laurie as well by knowing Bob and Laurie I know he was a wonderful man all my prayers are with him and his family I know he will be greatly missed he’s in good hands now God rest his soul🙏

  • Bob so sorry for your loss my prayers are with you and your family.

  • My Uncle Dick,
    Was the Man and especially the baseball player! All orhers should be measured by. He had a passion for the sport! That i understand. I feel the same way about softball. He will Always be my baseball hero. I have met men he has couched, and All had great things to say about him! I Love, Respect and will Honor his memory….

  • As a new police officer I was assigned to ride in a cruiser with Dick in the south Quincy area. I learned a lot about police work from him and carried many of his teachings during my carrier. As a result we became friends over the years and during retirement he was a knowledgeable and sincere person and will be missed.

  • To Nancy and the Laracy family, My sincere condolences for you all. Dick was such a thoughtful person and would call me after my husband Sgt. Frank Buckley passed away. He was so helpful with things I needed to do, I will never forget his thoughtfulness and just calling to make sure I was okay. Enjoyed visiting him and Nancy in Naples. God Bless all the family, my prayers are with you all!

  • Sergeant – Thank you for your service to our community. Rest in Peace. Blessed are the Peacemakers, for they shall be called Children of God.

  • I had the pleasure of working for and with Dick and brother Fred for 15 years at the QPD. Part of a great family, Dick was always there to give back to the department and the community. He was a great role-model, both professionally and personally. Dick was, as you read in the obit, a great athlete and always remained in exceptional condition. His nickname among some of us was “coat hanger,” because of his broad shoulders and narrow waist. His was truly a life well-lived. RIP.

  • Deeply sorry to hear of Dick’s passing.
    I was honored to know and often enjoy the company of Dick in his position with QPD.
    He brought a quick wit and a broad smile wherever he went and it was a joy to know him.
    Dick was a superb police officer who enjoyed a sterling reputation in the community and among his peers on the job. He was well respected at Quincy Court from where I came to know him.
    I extend to his brother Fred and all his family and fellow offices my deepest sympathies at his passing. May he enjoy a well-deserved rest in peace.

  • Forget his age, Dick had the best physic of any senior player when I started playing in the Scituate league. He was my role model to get back into better shape and keep it. I admired his quiet, but confident presence on the ballfield. It was a good day for me when Dick and I shared a Sunday softball morning together.
    Andy Prasnal

  • God Bless Brother enjoyed knowing you, playing ball with you and your details working together.

  • The news is indeed dreaded as life ran its course, and took away our baseball royalty Dick Laracy.
    I was so fortunate to have known him, and to be blessed with his friendship, as It was always a pleasure to chat with Dick about baseball, teammates, and family. To think I spoke to Dick at length a very short while back, thinking I would talk with him again, a fool such am I.

    When I saw his obituary with photo, I thought to myself that’s the old Dick Laracy as a police officer ready to do this job. Not the new one I met only a few short years back, who invited me back to the world of baseball where I have since been working for what is now 15 years.
    That stern jaw, imposing look, and gruff demeanor knowing in my heart that he was always a gentleman all along. I would like to think that Dick got the mileage out in his life, and I am sure we will all remember him with great fondness as do I.
    Long live Richard’s memory, and may he make it to the ballpark in time for the next game now and forever Amen.
    Miss you buddy.

  • I played with Dick for a number of years and was totally amazed at his class as a person and as a
    teammate. I was totally amazed how he could play softball one day and baseball the next!

    A great loss.

    Dick Green

  • Our sincere condolences from the family of Sgt Hugo Cardarelli, QPD.

  • I’m truly sorry, I just heard today of Mr. Laracy’s passing. Bobby, I’m keeping you, Mrs. Laracy and all the family in my thoughts and prayers. Your dad was an amazing man. May God comfort all of you . Hold the great memories close until you see him again. God bless, and thank you, Mr. Laracy rest in peace