Mr. Richard L. Ordway, Sr.

  • Born: November 7, 1957
  • Died: August 14, 2018
  • Location: Walpole, Massachusetts

James H. Delaney & Son Funeral Home

48 Common Street
Walpole, MA 02081

Tel. (508) 668-1960

Tribute & Message From The Family

Richard L. Ordway, Sr., age 60, passed away peacefully in the Norwood Hospital in Norwood, Massachusetts on Tuesday, August 14, 2018. Born in Natick, Massachusetts on November 7, 1957, he was the son of the late Ronald and Nora (Gagnon) Ordway. He was raised in Natick, Massachusetts, attending Natick High School, graduating with the Class of 1975. After graduation, Rich began his long Roche Brothers career in Natick. It was while working in the West Roxbury location, that Rich met his wife, Cheryl O'Connor.

Rich and Cheryl were married on April 20, 1991 in the First Church of Dedham and made their home together in West Roxbury. They welcomed four children, Alexandra in 1993, Richard, Jr. in 1994, Matthew in 1996, and Samantha in 1998. Rich was truly dedicated to his career and family, eventually moving them out of the city, settling in the small town of Walpole. His hard work payed off, as he was called from working in the Roche Brothers stores to serve in their corporate office, where he remained until June of last year.

While Rich spent many hours working, he was most dedicated to his family. As a devoted father to his four children, Rich spent countless hours volunteering as a coach for various sports and was always his children's biggest cheerleader. His absolute favorite times were spent with his wife, Cheryl, and their children.

Beloved husband of Cheryl O'Connor-Ordway.
Loving father of Alexandra E. Ordway, Richard L. Ordway, Jr, Matthew P. Ordway and Samantha N. Ordway all of Walpole.
Brother of Alan J. Ordway of Lenoir City, TN, Helen Olson (Mark) of San Francisco, CA, Nora Ordway of Kennebunk, ME, Ronald V. Ordway, Jr (Susan Trust) of Hudson, James Ordway (Deborah) of Natick, Lester Ordway (Susanne) of Standish, ME, David Ordway (Christine) of Natick, and Kevin Ordway (Barb) of Natick.
Also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend Richard's Life Celebration on Friday, August 17, 2018 from 4 to 8 PM and Saturday, August 18, 2018 from 9 to 9:30 AM in the James H. Delaney & Son Funeral Home, 48 Common Street, Walpole. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Blessed Sacrament Church, 10 Diamond Street, Walpole on Saturday, August 18, 2018 at 10:00 AM. Interment will follow in Saint Joseph's Cemetery in West Roxbury. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Richard's name may be made to: Dana Farber/Brigham & Women's Cancer Center at South Shore Hospital, c/o Elizabeth Patterson, 10 Brookline Place West, Sixth Floor, Brookline, MA 02445.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Rich, knew you from high school always a great guy. I remember when you first landed that job at Roches Bros. and stuck with it Bless your heart and your family and may you rest in peace.

Posted by Anne Rodenbaugh - Ashland, MA - Friend   August 31, 2018

I am so saddened to hear of my dear friends passing. Richie and I were the closest of childhood friends and neighbors growing up. From elementary school to high school we were inseparable and I loved him like a brother. We had recently re-connected and were texting just a few months ago. He told me he was ill but he never told me how serious it was. My heart breaks for his family and I pray the lord will keep you and comfort you in your time of grief.

God Bless

Posted by John Whitcomb - Grand Junction, CO   August 30, 2018

I truly enjoyed coaching Babe Ruth Baseball with Rich. It was a time I'll never forget or his family. So sorry for the loss of Rich.

Steve Sylvia
Walpole August 21, 2018

Posted by Steve Sylvia - Walpole, MA - Friend   August 21, 2018

On behalf of Walpole Babe Ruth Baseball our prayers for Rich and his Family ,
He was great to work with and enjoy working with the kids.
My he rest in peace

Posted by Richard McCarthy - Walpole, MA - Acquaintance   August 20, 2018

My heartfelt condolences to you and your family! I was Rich's physical therapist a year ago and he was such a wonderful man! I recall our great conversations about baseball and he was always so interested in my 3 boys and what they were up to. He always showed up, regardless of how he felt and gave it his all. More than anything, I remember how lovingly he spoke about all of you. My prayers are with you during this time.

Posted by Kristine Towers - MA   August 19, 2018

Rich was my manager at the Quincy store for it's first five years. He was truly one of the finest human beings I have ever known. He was compassionate, genuine and sincere. He had a great sense of humor. It was a pleasure to work for and with Rich! I am so saddened by his passing, Phyllis L.

Posted by A friend   August 19, 2018

Our deepest sympathies to the family. Rest in Peace, Richie.

Posted by David and Cheryl Campo - Norwood, MA   August 19, 2018

Sorry to hear about this. We both graduated from Natick High in 1975. We both worked at the Roche Bros. store in Natick when it opened up and I could sense that Roche Bros. was going to be something that he would be at for a long time.
My Prayers go out to the family.

Posted by Ross Elliott - Natick, MA   August 18, 2018

Rich was a stand up guy and a great boss! Gone way too soon. Condolences and prayers to his family.

Posted by Steve D - Weymouth, MA   August 18, 2018

Cheryl- Very sorry to hear about Rich's passing. My thoughts and prayers for you and your children.

Posted by Nancy Young Gilligan - West Roxbury, MA - Friend   August 18, 2018


Hi Richie- So many people are going to miss you! A great person, super funny, handsome devil! You were always kind and friendly to me. You fought like a tiger to beat his. Now you can rest. Sorry I could not come and make a proper good-bye. But I will make a donation to Dana Farber in your name. Look after Cheryl and the kids, ok? Richie one more thing...POSTED!

Posted by Beth Abbondandolo - Brockton, MA - Coworker   August 18, 2018

I'm so sorry for your loss. Rich was a great guy, he hired me for my first job in Quincy. It was a pleasure to work with him. Thinking of his family.

Posted by Christina Centrella (Keenan) - Quincy, MA   August 18, 2018

My heart breaks for all of Rich's family. He was such a great, honorable man and will be missed dearly by so many.

Posted by Janet Markowicz - Walpole, MA - Coworker   August 17, 2018

Cheryl, Alex, Ricky, Matt & Sammy,
I am so very sorry for your loss! I remember all of you from Fisher School, and I am thinking of you at this very sad time! I always loved your family! I just watched the video tribute, and you have many fantastic memories to cherish forever!! Thoughts and prayers are with you!

Posted by Karen O'Neill - Dedham, MA - Family Friend   August 17, 2018

David and Kevin
so sorry for your lose
rich was a good man
he will be missed
i will never forget the day he
hired me.

Posted by donna vitiello    August 17, 2018

I'm so sorry.

Posted by Agnes McNamee - Kennebunkport, ME   August 17, 2018

We all have that person we enjoy having a beer with. Problem was, Richie was that person to everyone. We'd meet at the Corrib Pub, Richie would arrive and say, "Ok brothers, 2 quick fast ones and I goota go." And go he did, often times diappearing out the side door while we were all laughing hysterically, we didn't even see him leave!! He had other committments, Family!!!!!! Home is where Richie needed to be. Richie always made you feel the time you spent with him was important to him. It was to us too Rich!! This weekend, I'm sure, at some point we will find ourselves at the Corrib Pub. I'll be having 2 quick fast ones for my friend Richie, who's now home for good!! R.I.P. my friend.

Posted by Michael Flaherty - Natick, MA   August 17, 2018

Our condolences to the Ordway/O'Connor family. Richie will always be in your hearts.

Posted by John and Helen Connors - Jamaica Plain, MA - Family Friend   August 17, 2018

Great guy who will be deeply missed. Our heartfelt sympathies to family and friends.

Posted by Yvette & Richard Kelliher - West Roxbury, MA   August 17, 2018

Great guy who will be deeply missed. Our heartfelt sympathies to family and friends.

Posted by Yvette & Richard Kelliher - West Roxbury, MA   August 17, 2018

I was so sorry to hear that you lost a great husband, father, brother, uncle, and friend. Richie always bragged about how lucky he was to have such a wonderful family. You meant the world to him. I know how close you were and what an influence he had on your life. I share your grief in this profound loss. He was one of the most dynamic, industrious, curious, and mischievous men I've known. He could always lift my spirits, or fire me up, depending on the circumstances. He was also a fighter. He fought this battle long and hard so he could be with you. That's just who he was. The picture you've chosen for the announcement captures the essence of the person I will always remember. That spark will never be diminished. I hope it comforts you to know that your grief is shared by all of us that knew Richie. He will be missed greatly and remembered often. You have my very deepest sympathy..... Pamela Ross-Kung

Posted by Pamla Ross-Kung - Stoneham, MA - Friend   August 17, 2018

Haven't seen Richie in years and I am sorry to hear of his passing. A super guy who loved to laugh. Rest in peace Richie.........Rick Riley

Posted by Rick Riley - Millville, MA - Coworker   August 17, 2018


It was an honor to provide care for this funny, irreverent, brave and loving man. He will be missed.
Prayers are with your wonderful family.

Posted by Donna Waldron - Franklin, MA   August 16, 2018

Worked with Richie for some years a very good boss and very decent human being... always had a great story or way to make you laugh ... we have lost a great man... god bless you..

Posted by Anthony Prizio - Coworker   August 16, 2018

So sorry to hear about Rich!! He was one of my favorite managers at Roches in West Roxbury! He was truly a class act. Thoughts and prayers to his family!

Posted by Jen Klein - Easton, MA   August 16, 2018

So sorry to hear about the passing of Rich. I remember him well when he worked at Roche Bros. In West Roxbury. He was alway so kind and friendly. Rest In Peace.

Posted by Kathleen FitzPatrick - Jamaica Plain, MA   August 16, 2018

Our Thoughts and Prayers go to Cheryl, Rich's Children, The Ordway Family, and Rich's Friends. Rich was a character who had the respect of all. He had a special way of connecting with the people he worked with and the RB customers. I know, Rich will Never be forgotten for all his stories and memories will always be told. You fought long and hard Rich; May You Rest In Peace.
Love Kristin, Doug and Family

Posted by Kristin Olson - Walpole, MA   August 16, 2018

I am truly very sad about rich. He truly was one of a kind, so much fun to work with, so strong , he truly was a fighter , I will never forget him coming into the Wellesley store, getting lunch and smiling and hugging people when he was so sick, always giving of himself. I am so sorry for his family and friend, what a great legacy he left behind. May god bless you all and may all the memories of all the good times keep you strong. Liz Jutkiewicz

Posted by Liz Jutkiewicz - Plymoth, MA   August 16, 2018


Posted by Jan Colman knight - Florida   August 16, 2018

So sorry for your loss, Jan and family in Florida ❤

Posted by A friend   August 16, 2018

What a great son, brother, husband, father, and cousin. Richard had that sparkle that always made you feel special. Cheryl, Alex, Ricky, Matty, and Sam, you are his most adored and proudest legacy. May you embrace all the love for a long time to come.

Posted by Linda O. - Natick, MA   August 16, 2018

I was disabled for a period of time and I encountered Mr. Ordway at the Quincy Store many years ago. Quite honestly, I was no real fan of Roche Bros Stores, however, I remember Mr. Ordway (and he had another brother who also managed Roche Bros Stores) . Richard Ordway was always kind and helpful to me and he really stood out from the run of the mill managers. He seemed to be bright and he certainly was very forthright. His family can always be so proud of him because he was truly genuine and compassionate. The world has lost a great guy. Jayd, formerly of Westwood, MA

Posted by Jayd - Westwood, MA   August 16, 2018

Richie was one of the finest people I've ever known. His love & devotion to his family was flawless. My deepest condolences to Cheryl, their children, all the O'Connors & Ordways and friends who loved him, too..
My love to you all ~

Posted by Margie Gunning-Costello - Hingham, MA   August 16, 2018

Our deepest sympathy to Cheryl and family.

Nancy Ehnstrom and Mike Ryan

Posted by Nancy Ehnstrom - Hopkinton, MA   August 16, 2018

I am sorry to hear of heartfelt sympathies go out to you and your family, Cheryl...Carol Mahoney

Posted by carol mahoney - west roxvury, MA - Friend   August 16, 2018

I am so saddened to hear of Richie's passing. He was a wonderful person, husband, father and friend. My thoughts and prayers are with Cheryl, Alex, Ricky and Matt.

Posted by Diane Collins - Franklin, MA - Friend   August 16, 2018

Our thoughts and prayers will be with your family.

Posted by Mike, Ryan,Susan and Michael Curran - Walpole, MA - Friend   August 16, 2018

The supermarket industry will never be the same. Rich was the best at work, and outside of work. He had a sense of humor second to none. I will miss you deeply. You will never be forgotten. My heart and thoughts go to Cheryl and the kids.

Posted by A friend   August 16, 2018

Rich was a great boss and Human being and so outgoing. I will always remember him with kindness.

Posted by Jerry Sherman - Sudbury, MA   August 16, 2018

My condolences to Rich's wonderful family! He was one of a kind. The best boss I ever had! My memories of him will remain forever in my heart! Deeply sorry for your great loss!

Posted by Blanche Diomede Ezepik - Hudson, MA   August 16, 2018

I am very saddened to hear of Richie's passing. Rich was one of my first real bosses, at Roche Brothers. Rich was demanding but always fair. Work hard for him, and he would reward you. Rich was a devoted family man, as he was always present at school and sporting events. Years later, I had the pleasure to employ his son Rick. I could see within the first day that Richie Ordway's traits and work habits had rubbed off on his boy. To the Ordway and O'Connor families, my deepest condolences.

Posted by Steven - MA - Friend   August 15, 2018

Richie was one of a kind. I willl never forget working with you in the Westwood Roche Bros. And Norton Roche store. You were such a hard worker and it was always a pleasure to work with you. You and my dad shared such a strong relationship. I know he always admired you. I will miss you terribly and hope you are at peace. I love you.

Posted by Linda Hanifin Aucoin - Attleboro, MA - Coworker   August 15, 2018

Cheryl, My heart goes out to you and kids in your time of sorrow. Praying for you to find strength and comfort as you continue to be a role model for your family.

Posted by Hemali Patel - Walpole, MA   August 15, 2018

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