Richard Lawrence Pierce

Mar 04, 1954 - Sep 06, 2020

Richard Lawrence Pierce

March 04, 1954 - September 06, 2020


Richard "Rick" Lawrence Pierce, 66, of Portsmouth, RI, passed on unexpectedly on September 6, 2020, at the Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River.

Rick was born on March 4, 1954, in Fall River, MA, to the late John T. Pierce, Sr. and the late Mary (Mayes) Pierce. Rick was the husband of Ann Marie (Rocha) Pierce for the last 41 years.

Rick worked as the Director of Maintenance for 29 years at Electric Boat in North Kingstown, before retiring in 2003. An avid boater and fisherman, he had a passion for collecting and restoring old and antique outboard motors and hydroplane racing boats. He loved attending the various "wet" and "dry" motor-meets hosted by the AOMCI all over New England and treasured the being in the company of his fellow tinkerers.

A descendant of the Chippewa, Rick was enormously proud of his Native American heritage. He was an active and highly lauded member of the Pokanoket Tribe, a participant in their collective rituals and ceremonies until the day he died. Known as "Spirit Dog", Rick also served as "Head of the Drum" for the last 2 years and was a member of the Royal House of Pokanoket for the last 9 years. Rick also thoroughly enjoyed co-hosting their Strawberry Thanksgiving Event with his wife, Ann, for the last six years.

Rick was a life-time member of the Seaconnet Sportsman Club in Portsmouth, having that title honorably awarded to him for his work in building the addition to their building. Above all, Rick absolutely adored his grandchildren, Flo and Magoo, and could be seen almost daily giving them rides around the neighborhood on his tractor or golf cart. A warm and giving soul who was always there to lend a hand to a person in need, he will be deeply missed by all who knew him and of his generosity.

Besides his beloved wife, Ann, he is survived by his sons, Daniel and Michael Pierce, both of Portsmouth, his brother, John T. Pierce, Jr. and his wife Linda of Florida, his grandchildren, Florence "Flo" Pierce and Magnus "Magoo" Pierce, his nieces, Andrea Pierce and Joanna Watts, his nephews Ian Rocha and Matthew Rocha, both of Florida, his nephews Conlan McDonald of California and Aidan McDonald of Portsmouth, his mother-in-law, Maria Rocha of Portsmouth, and his sister-in-law, Rachel McDonald and her partner, Christopher Edenbach of Portsmouth.

Besides his parents, he was also predeceased by his father-in-law, Joseph V. Rocha, and his brother-in-law Vincent Rocha.

His funeral services will be private at this time, but a public celebration of his life will be announced at a later date.

Memorial donations in his memory may be made to the Groden Center, 86 Mt. Hope Avenue, Providence, RI 02906, or to the St. Anthony's Food Pantry, 2836 East Main Road, Portsmouth, RI 02871.


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