Claire was born on August 28, 1927, to the late Thomas J. and Jennie L. (Mulvee) Moore. She was the sister of the late Paul T. Moore of Springfield and Mary (Moore) McDonough of Braintree. She grew up in Milton, MA, and attended St. Gregory’s Catholic School from 1st to 12th grade. She went on to Emmanuel College and then worked at the State House and with her father’s private clients.
Claire married James Paul Richards of Mattapan in 1952. They were married 53 years until his death in 2005 at the age of 81. In addition to raising her seven children, she worked at the Randolph Public Schools as a bookkeeper. She also worked at the election polls for many years after retirement. She was extremely active in the North Randolph Little League when her sons were growing up, taking charge of the snack house at the field, and she volunteered for Randolph Pop Warner football. She resided in Randolph for 64 years.
Claire was the beloved mother of C. Patricia Stevens of Foxboro, James T. Richards (deceased) of Randolph, Joseph F. Richards (deceased) and his wife Cindy of Randolph, Paul M. Richards and his wife Christine of Ohio, Gerard W. Richards and his wife Christine of Marshfield, Ann M. Antonellis and her husband Tony of Holbrook, and John R. Richards and his wife Sonia of Braintree.
Claire was a devoted “Nana” to her 21 grandchildren Eric Stevens and his wife Susette, Shaina Richards,Jennifer Richards,Michael Richards and his wife Meaghan,April Richards,James Richards, Rebecca Klein and her husband Matt,Madeleine Richards, Matthew Richards, Lindsey Dickson and her husband Michael, Stephen Richards,Kevin Ryan and his wife Lindsey, Paul Ryan and his wife Tiffany Ynosencio, Tony Antonellis 3rd, Mary Claire Antonellis, Joshua Antonellis, Jerod Richards-Walsh, Thomas Richards, Margaret Richards, the late Kenneth Richards and Nathaniel Antonellis. Every year on her birthday she would take them to King’s Castle in Abington, and when they got older to Canobie Lake Park in New Hampshire. She never missed a birthday, recital, sporting event, graduation, award ceremony or wedding.
Her love for Castle Island began in her childhood, fishing on the pier with her father. Later as a mom, grandmother and great grandmother, she cherished the times she could visit there, walk around the castle, eat at Sullivan’s, watch the planes and boats, spend time at the playground and enjoy the family as well as the many friendly people and pets she’d meet.
She loved her family and everyone was always welcome to join the family trips. She taught us how to crochet and how to play poker. She loved playing cards and board games. She loved making her Thanksgiving stuffing and her fudge for Christmas gifts plus she always had a grab bag for Christmas.
She also has 15 great grandchildren Noah Stevens,Benjamin Richards, Ethan Richards,Josephine Richards,Caleb Richards, Grayson Richards,Lillith Klein,Amelia Klein,Thomas Richards,Joseph Richards,Hasan Richards,Jacob Dickson,Jessica Dickson, Colleen Ryan and John Ryan. She was a loving aunt to numerous nieces and nephews, from Florida to California.
Claire was devoted to her Catholic faith and every goodbye included her saying “Good night and God bless”. Those who knew her were blessed to know this loving, kind, generous and witty woman. She will be sorely missed by all.
Reposing at the Cartwright Funeral Home 419 N. Main St. (RT28) Randolph until 9:15AM on Thursday October 20th followed by a Funeral Mass at 10AM in St. Bernadette Church 1031 N. Main St. (RT28) Randolph. Relatives and Friends are respectfully invited to attend visiting hours Wednesday October 19th 4 – 8 PM. Burial in the VA National Cemetery in Bourne MA. Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made in Claire’s name to Juvenile Diabetes Foundation 60 Walnut St. #102, Wellesley, MA 02481 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105. For directions or to leave a sympathy
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