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Diana L. Richard

Posted By Wendy On May 12, 2021 @ 3:38 pm In Obituaries | 51 Comments

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1980 – 2021

Putnam – Diana L. (Wood) Richard, 40, of Church Street, passed away following a battle with cancer on Monday, May 10, 2021 at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA. She was the beloved wife of John E. Richard. Born in Ware, MA she was the daughter of Gary and Joanne (Verrier) Wood.

Diana was a Project Manager at MAPFRE Insurance Company in Webster, MA where she worked for 14 years. She had a fun loving, bubbly personality with a memorable laugh and a beautiful smile. She loved spending time with family and enjoying the company of her many friends, playing trivia, game nights, camping, visiting breweries, and anything that brought the people she loved together. Diana was very talented and loved creating amazing arts and crafts that were as whimsical and light-hearted as she was. Whether sitting with her toes in the sand soaking up the sun, or walking along Myrtle Beach watching the sunset, the beach was her happy place.

Diana is survived by her children, Tyler Fullerton of Putnam, Jack Richard and Elise Richard of Worcester, MA, and her brothers David Wood and his wife Amy of Myrtle Beach, SC, and Michael Wood and his wife, Jonencia of Three Rivers, MA. In addition to her immediate family, she also leaves behind a multitude of loving aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Diana’s family from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 16, 2021 in the Gilman Funeral Home and Crematory, 104 Church Street, Putnam. A gathering will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, May 17, 2021 in the funeral home followed by her Funeral Service at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in memory of Diana Richard to support cancer research and patient care at: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284, or via www.dana-farber.org/gift. In honor of Diana’s germaphobia, face masks are required to be worn to attend her services. For memorial guestbook visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.

Condolences for the family of “Diana L. Richard”

Condolence from Jason on May 12th, 2021 6:22 pm

My condolences to the entire family !
I am still in utter shock over this !
It’s been a number of years since I have spoken with you all but at one point in time you were all family for me .she will be missed and loved by everyone for sure. An amazing woman ! I’m sorry for your loss! May god see you and your family through this trying time .

Love jay

Condolence from Jim marshall on May 12th, 2021 6:26 pm

John, so sorry for your loss. You have a strong family around you to help with whatever you need

Condolence from Donna Kirk on May 12th, 2021 6:41 pm

John and family, I send prayers to ease the days ahead.

Condolence from Michael Chatterton on May 12th, 2021 7:05 pm

I’m sorry you had to deal with such an illness and we’re definitely too young to pass.

Condolence from Carl L Chamberlin on May 12th, 2021 7:17 pm

I am at a loss for words since she was such a wonderful soul. To be gone so soon it is heart wrenching to say the Least!! I shall forever keep her in my memory as a smiling laughter filled soul of kindness and love!! I will miss her dearly

Condolence from Antonia Squier on May 12th, 2021 7:40 pm

I’m very shocked and saddened to hear of Diana’s passing. My most sincere condolences go out to her family.

Condolence from Jeanne Provost on May 12th, 2021 7:42 pm

John, Tyler and family..I am so shocked and saddened to hear this. MShe will be so missedy thoughts prayers and condolences to all of you

Condolence from Holly M on May 12th, 2021 8:25 pm

I am heartbroken and at a loss for words with Diana’s sudden passing. Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers.

My love to you, John, and the rest of yours and Diana’s families.

Condolence from Jessica on May 12th, 2021 10:05 pm

I was a childhood friend of Diana’s. I spent many evenings sleeping over. As adolescents we’d talk about troubles, love, life and dreams. I am incredibly sad to hear about her passing. As an adult I’m sure she was just as stunning as my young friend was. My condolences to all that are suffering from the loss of her vibrancy. I hope you are able to live forward with her happiness in your thoughts.

Condolence from Patricia Woffenden on May 12th, 2021 10:13 pm

Hi I couldn’t believe when I saw this and read the obituary. I am shocked. Diana was way to young to be taken away from her Family. Her life was filled with happiness. And now all is left is the memories. But Memories are what we have to cling on to. So sorry for the whole Family. Praying that you can find some peace and calm moments in your lives. Gary and Joann, I really feel for you both. I really Miss you and Gary. Please take some time to pray that Diana isn’t suffering anymore. Not that it’s an easy thing to go through. Be well and praying you can both find a way to heal the loss and hurt. Love and Hugs.

Condolence from Preetha on May 12th, 2021 11:26 pm

I am still in shock. Can’t believe she is no more. My prayers for John and family.

Condolence from Subha Varanasi on May 13th, 2021 5:48 am

My deepest condolences to John and Diana’s family. I pray God to give Diana , Eternal Peace.

Her beautiful smile and helpful nature will always be cherished. Rest In Peace my friend!

Om Shanthi!

Condolence from Jody Noller on May 13th, 2021 6:36 am

My sincerest condolences to John and Diana’s family. Diana lived a few houses down from mine in Putnam and always talked to me when I walked my dog. My thoughts and prayers are with you

Condolence from Roberta Carvalho on May 13th, 2021 7:02 am

John, My deepest condolences to you and your family.

Condolence from Carmen Gargallo on May 13th, 2021 7:48 am

I’m very sorry.
I accompany you in the feeling.
I am very sorry for your departure.
Wish you that you can find a way to heal the loss and the pain. Love and hugs.

Condolence from Patty Kozicz on May 13th, 2021 9:37 am

My prayers are with your family. Diana was an amazing woman. She always had a smile for everyone she worked with.

Condolence from Connie Bradford on May 13th, 2021 9:41 am

All of the love, thoughts, and prayers of our family are with you and the family and friends who dearly miss you. I have no words that can truly meet this moment, so instead, let me just say that you are going to be missed very deeply by many people. I will miss you. I know we lived a million miles apart and only really met in person a few times but you made my brother so very happy, and I could not be more grateful to you for that. Cheers to you SIL.

Condolence from Sara Bates on May 13th, 2021 9:47 am

I worked with Diana for 14 years at MAPFRE, and every interaction was always bright and bubbly. Her presence will certainly be missed.

Condolence from Lisa Meehan on May 13th, 2021 9:51 am

I am deeply saddened to hear of Diana’s untimely passing. She had a special radiance that she carried with her that will be deeply missed. I pray for her family’s healing during this difficult time. I am so very sorry for your loss.

Condolence from Lisa Daniels on May 13th, 2021 9:52 am

Diana’s beautiful smile, cheerful attitude, and spunk will surely be missed.
I only wish I had gotten to know her better than I did.
May sweet memories fill your heart at this difficult time.
God Bless <3

Condolence from Donna Miller on May 13th, 2021 9:55 am

May you rest in Peace in Diana. You definitely left your mark in this world. You were/are loved by many. My deepest condolences to John and Diana’s family.

Condolence from Michelle Gagan on May 13th, 2021 9:57 am

I worked with Diana at MAPFRE, and will always remember her smiling, bubbly personality. I remember we often ran into each other at the coffee station – where I would get coffee while she was washing her hands 🙂

So sorry for your loss.

Michelle Gagan

Condolence from Dawn Harrington on May 13th, 2021 9:58 am

I will miss our hallway conversations and her bright personality. My heartfelt condolences to the family.

Condolence from Rajanagan Rajan on May 13th, 2021 10:44 am

I was shocked to hear this news. I wasn’t even aware that she was battling Cancer. I pray to god to give strength and courage to the family to get through this tough phase of their lives. May her sole rest in peace. We will miss you Diana. Appreciate all the help and support you provided throughout at work. It was a privilege working along with you.

Condolence from Janlyn G. on May 13th, 2021 11:00 am


I am incredibly sorry to hear this news. My deepest sympathy to you and your families. May the wonderful memories of the time you shared bring you peace and comfort.

Condolence from Tim Goggin on May 13th, 2021 11:07 am

My deepest condolences to the entire family. and especially to John and Tyler. I was a co-worker, met her a few years ago and always enjoyed her company and her ability to laugh. She will be missed.

Condolence from Audrey and Rudy Julian on May 13th, 2021 11:09 am

John, Joanne, Gary, David, Michael and Family,
Our hearts are broken over the loss of our beautiful, fun-loving Diana. She filled a room with such joy with her smile and infectious laugh.
Our condolences go out to you all but also to all those whose hearts she touched during her short stay on Earth. She is home now with the Lord who certainly welcomed her with open arms.
We are here for you all if you need anything.
Audrey and Rudy

Condolence from Mary on May 13th, 2021 11:27 am

I was shocked to learn of Diana’s passing. She was such a joy to work with. Her giggle and smile brightened each day. She was such a happy positive person. My condolences to the entire family.

Condolence from Pam A on May 13th, 2021 11:29 am

I was saddened when I heard of Diana’s passing. We worked together at MAPFRE and she always was happy go-lucky with a big infectious smile. She will be missed. My deepest condolences to her entire family.

Condolence from Kathy on May 13th, 2021 1:00 pm

Sorry to hear about Diana. I pray for all of you.

Kathy Glendon Wood

Condolence from Ros on May 13th, 2021 1:10 pm

Saddened to hear of Diana’s passing, my most sincere condolences go out to John and her family.

Condolence from Laura on May 13th, 2021 1:16 pm

I worked with Diana at Mapfre for years. Her smile and laugh were contagious. Such a bright woman taken too soon. My condolences and hugs go out to John and her family & friends. May you find strength in memories of her through this difficult time.

Condolence from Art Maki on May 13th, 2021 4:46 pm

Hi John,

I am truly sorry for your loss. We’ll keep you and the family in our thoughts and prayers.

Condolence from Deb Arel on May 13th, 2021 5:59 pm

Joanne and family, I am so sorry to hear of Diana’s passing, she was an amazing person who I worked with at the A.O. May she RIP

Condolence from Lois J Jensen on May 13th, 2021 6:55 pm

So shocked and saddened to learn of Diana’s passing. We worked together at MAPFRE, and she was a great team member. Always wanted to learn more and be involved in new activities. Her bubbly personality and ready smile brightened all our days. My deepest condolences to John, the children, family, and friends. She will be greatly missed.

Condolence from Eleanor McLean on May 13th, 2021 7:57 pm

Our deepest sympathies to the family. Mike has fun memories of working with Diana at Mapfre MA.

Joanne many hugs from me to you my friend.

Condolence from Naomi on May 13th, 2021 10:22 pm

Wood Family,

I’m so sorry to hear this. So many good memories, as she was a kind hearted person. Like everyone else, I was shocked to hear about this as well. I can’t imagine Joanne what you and Gary are going through right now; that was your baby girl and always will be. No parent should have to say goodbye like this, Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers. May God rest her beautiful soul and give you all the needed strength to get through this as a family. Lots of hugs sending your way.


Condolence from Ray Houle on May 13th, 2021 10:45 pm

John and Family my Deepest Sympathy to you and your Family I worked with Diana at Mapfre she was such a great friend and person she will be missed by all who knew her Rest in Peace Diana a Friend Ray Houle

Condolence from Lucy Dalterio on May 14th, 2021 11:07 am


My heart breaks for you and your family. Diana’s great smile and upbeat attitude will be sorely missed at Mapfre. I wish strength and peace for you all to cope with this tremendous loss.

Condolence from Vicky Corcoran on May 14th, 2021 8:58 pm


I am so sorry to hear the terribly sad and shocking news. My sympathy and prayers go out to you and your family. I know you will never forget your beautiful bride, but I hope time will help you heal your sorrows.

Vicky Corcoran

Condolence from David Wood on May 15th, 2021 12:59 pm

You are truly missed as a sister and a friend. You always helped me get Mom in trouble and it was so fun. Eventually, we even got Michael involved. The time we spent together was full of fun and laughter and your laugh was like the sweet melody of wind chimes. Your loss was so unexpected and I didn’t have the chance to tell you I loved you enough. My condolences go to my family and also John, Tyler, Jack, and Elise. Diana loved you all so much and I have never seen her happier. I love you all.

Condolence from Beverly Harris on May 16th, 2021 9:37 am

Terry, Chris, Keith , Joanne and family,

I am so very sorry for your unimaginable loss! My heart and prayers are with you all at this very difficult time.

With our love and prayers, Bev and family

Condolence from Jimi Gothreau on May 16th, 2021 1:58 pm

It’s unbelievably sad news. Diana was always so happy to see me and everyone she met. And so positive! We first met by chance in 2010. Lucky me, to have known her. I hope her son can, one day, get past this unfathomable loss, and and make Diana proud of just what he can become. That was often her dream in life. And to her spouse and the whole family, I pray that you, too can remember her in the best light! That is Diana, afterall. Sweet dreams, Diana…

Condolence from Briant Gaudet on May 16th, 2021 7:31 pm


My deepest sympathies for your loss. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Condolence from Gail Stuczko on May 16th, 2021 10:26 pm

Diana’s illness and passing is a shock to me and many others who knew her. My thoughts and prayers go out to Diana’s entire family, especially John and the kids. Diana was such a bright, fun, caring person and I’m so glad to have worked with her for many years. Was so honored to be part of Diana & John’s wedding celebration – the loved they shared will continue beyond her passing.

Condolence from Michelle Daveau on May 17th, 2021 8:49 am

Diana was truly a kind and genuine person. Her bright smile and positive outlook was a joy to work with. She will be missed by all and it won’t be the same without her. My thoughts and prayers are with her family during this difficult time.

Condolence from Lis G. on May 17th, 2021 9:43 am

John and family, there are no words to describe the hole this leaves in the hearts of you, your family and everyone who knew Diana. I was a co-worker who sat near her at MAPFRE. Always happy, willing to help and participate in team building activities. She was certainly a very special person who no one expected would be gone so young. My heart is broken for you and the family.

Condolence from Anne Cahill on May 17th, 2021 11:19 am


With deepest sympathy for your loss.

Condolence from Tim Crespin on May 17th, 2021 3:51 pm

My heartfelt sympathy and condolences for John and family in this time of great sorrow.

Condolence from Pat and Steve Tetreault on May 20th, 2021 2:56 pm

Our hearts are broken for our grandson Tyler to have his mom taken at such a young age. We are also very sorry for John and his children, JoAnne and Gary. Diana had such a bubbly personality and always had a smile on her face. We have many memories of spending time with her laughing and joking. Diana will always have a special place in our heart. Diana you are an angel in heaven. Until we meet again. Love Pat and a Steve

Condolence from Wendy O’Brien on May 20th, 2021 5:45 pm

I worked with Diana at MAPFRE. She was the kindest soul, always happy and full of positive light. I will miss you Dianer Louise ❤

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