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Rev. Richard L. Archambault

Posted By Bill On March 9, 2018 @ 3:59 pm In Obituaries | 20 Comments

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1930 – 2018

Putnam — The Reverend Richard L. Archambault, retired priest of the Diocese of Norwich, died March 8, 2018, in Putnam, Connecticut. He was 88. As both educator and pastor, Father Archambault is fondly remembered as a compassionate and giving priest.

Father Archambault, son of Joseph A. Archambault and Bernadette (Coderre) Archambault, was born in Putnam CT. He prepared for the priesthood at St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield, CT and St. Bernard Seminary in Rochester, NY, and pursued further theological studies at St. Sulpice in Issy, France.

He was ordained to the priesthood by the Most Reverend Bernard J. Flanagan, D.D., Bishop of Norwich on July 2, 1955 at St. Joseph Church in North Grosvenordale, CT.

Following his ordination, Father Archambault’s first parish assignments were at St. Patrick Cathedral, Norwich, St. Mary in Putnam and Sacred Heart in Taftville.

His service to the Diocese of Norwich as educator broadened in 1963 when he was appointed Assistant Superintendent of schools. In 1965, he would become the Superintendent of Diocesan Schools.

In 1972, Father was appointed Pastor, St. Patrick Church in Mystic, CT., where he would serve the faithful for six years, before returning to Putnam to serve at the Holy Spirit Provincial House. While serving there, Father became Chaplain and Director of Project Northeast, an organization dedicated to providing food assistance to individuals and families in need across a wide circle of communities. Project Northeast is part of the living legacy of caring of Father Archambault.

Father Archambault is survived by his brothers, Reverend Monsignor Henry N. Archambault, J.C.D., P.A., Diocese of Norwich, Charles Archambault of N. Grosvenordale, J. Paul Archambault of PA; a sister, Denise Hutchinson of N. Grosvenordale, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by three brothers A. Leon Archambault, Maurice Archambault, and J. Bernard Archambault, and a sister Jeanne Brodeur.
The Vigil for the Deceased with Reception at the Church will take place on Tuesday, March 13, at 3:00 p.m. in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit Provincial House, 72 Church St., Putnam, CT. Following that ceremony, Father Archambault’s body will lie in state until 7:00 p.m. when a Mass will be celebrated for his repose in the Chapel. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, March 14, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Church, 18 Main St., N. Grosvenordale, CT. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Gilman Funeral Home & Crematory, 104 Church St., Putnam, CT. For memorial guestbook visit www.GilmanAndValade.com. Memorial donations in Fr. Richard’s memory may be made to Project Northeast, 81 Church St., Putnam, CT 06260.


Condolences for the family of “Rev. Richard L. Archambault”

Condolence from Maria Barberio on March 9th, 2018 6:25 pm

Heartfelt condolences to Father’s family members. My daughter and I loved his kindness and wonderful sense of humor. Thank you Father for always welcoming us to the Holy Spirit for mass. You will be so missed. Rest in peace

Condolence from Teresa Little Smith on March 9th, 2018 7:18 pm

I am saddened to hear of Father Archambault’s passing. He was a very good friend to my mother, Claire Little, and I cherish the many happy memories I have of Father A at our home for dinner, at functions with the Daughters of Isabella, and of his beautiful voice singing with the Barbershop Quartet during the Minstrel Shows at St. Patrick’s in Mystic. May Father A’s soul rest in peaceful eternity with our merciful Lord and Our Blessed Mother. I will miss you, Father A.

Condolence from Sandra A Roy on March 9th, 2018 7:50 pm

Rest in peace .It was my honor to have known you. I will always remember your friendly smile as we would meet in the hall of DHS. God has gained another angel

Condolence from Dan Roscioli on March 10th, 2018 9:14 am

He was a gentle, compassionate man. He was one of my swimming buddies in southbridge ma. Although i only knew him for 3 years, i felt as though i knew him forever
I m so sorry to hear of his passing.

Condolence from Marian Smat on March 10th, 2018 9:26 am

Rest In Peace dear man will miss you at MASS at Provincial house it gave me peace…you are singing with the angels

Condolence from M. Clark on March 10th, 2018 9:27 am

Very sad to hear of the passing of Father Archambault. He was such a kind and generous man. He was a good friend of my Dad’s and now they can be together in Heaven, telling jokes and having a good time.

Condolence from Mary Lou & Bob Thomas on March 10th, 2018 2:39 pm

Charlie, Alice & Family so sorry for your loss. Fr A was such a nice guy he would make you laugh every time he entered a room. Thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Condolence from Michael & Claudia O’Connor on March 10th, 2018 4:34 pm

So sorry for your loss. Fr. Richard was a gentle soul. Will always remember him at the family get togethers. When Fr Richard arrived home, I am sure he will be greeted fondly by all those that have gone before him. Thoughts and prayers go with you.

Condolence from Sister. Lorraine. Choiniere on March 10th, 2018 6:42 pm

I am So sorry for your great lost. I remember when Fr. Richard paid for Denise and I to go on retreat in1958/59. Very kind. I heard he help the poor. God welcomed him with open arms.

Sister Lorraine. Choiniere, CSC

Condolence from Paul Desautels on March 10th, 2018 11:22 pm

I was an altar boy for Fr. Richard when he was assigned to St. Mary Church. Snowball fights in the school yard, altar boy trips to WIldwood Park, respect for the altar boys, being taken out of class to serve a funeral. This was in 1956/57 but he never forgot my name and always greeted me by name. As a boy I liked and respected Fr. Richard. He was a wonderful priest but, above all, a wonderful human being. He worked hard to take care of others, to feed the poor and needy. He cared for others above self and will always be remembered as a compassionate man and priest.

Condolence from Jacqui Keller on March 11th, 2018 10:12 am

Dear Monsignor Henry, please accept my condolences and prayers on the passing of Father Richard. He was the best of the best!

Condolence from Joe and Pat Coderre on March 11th, 2018 11:54 pm

Monsignor Henry, Archambault and Coderre Families,

As Uncle Larry’s family, we may be out of your sight but you are not out of our thoughts. Most memories of Fr. Richard were passed down from our dad and personal memories from our visits. All of them will have a place in our hearts.

We offer our sincere condolences and prayers to all.

Joe and Pat Coderre (North Carolina)
Joyce Coderre Chapman (Arizona)
Ginger Coderre Mang (Wisconsin)
Janine Coderre Reagan (Florida)

Condolence from Tom and Betty Gatesman on March 12th, 2018 7:40 pm

During times of loss we find ourselves troubled by things we do not understand. There are no words to comfort your grief, only lasting love and precious memories. We are thinking of you during this sad time. We will keep Father Richard and his family in our prayers. I will always remember Father Richard as a very happy person who loved family, friends and life and his smiling face. God Bless You!

Condolence from Richard Coe on March 13th, 2018 9:52 am

Deepest love and sympathy to the Archambault and extended family.

Richard /Toni Coe
Suzanne Feye

Condolence from Suzanne Come Feye on March 13th, 2018 10:28 am

Charlie,Denise,Paul,Henry and family. I am so sorry for your loss. I remember his kindness and great sense of humor. I know he will be greatly missed. love to you all.

Condolence from Darlene Allen-Nadeau on March 13th, 2018 2:30 pm

My heart will ache for my long time friend, for a very long time. Dearest Father Richard, I will forever miss you. You never missed too many days through the years of coming to Focus Fitness Center, and we all loved and admired you. Your jokes were funny, your advice was kind, your prayers for all of us were well needed. And what a singing partner; how I will miss you at St. Patick’s Day and Christmas, and any day we felt like harmonizing for the members.
Now I must let you go with Jesus, and be forever at peace, and never feel any pain or weakness in your knee. God bless you, and your family, dear Father Richard, till we meet again!

Condolence from Dorothy Mahon on March 13th, 2018 5:04 pm

May memories of shared time with Father A bring peace and joy to family and friends .
I was Director of Religious Ed at St Patrick’s in Mystic. Those were days of becoming active in a Vatican 2 ,s gifts and challenges. It was a blessing to share growing faith times with parishioners and FatherA. A particular memory is the church fire on Holy Thursday. It challenged our community to grow in many ways. Services in the Center in the round initiated challenges to community worship and sharing.
Father’s caring heart and sense of humor grew and blossomed as he moved on to be of service in many ways.
The weather kept me at home today rather than letting me travel to Putnam and To the funeral on Friday.
Blessings to family and Father Henry…memories…

Condolence from Sylvia E. Lenti on March 13th, 2018 7:10 pm

To the family of Fr. Richard,
I knew Father from the Southbridge Hotel Focus Fitness Center and I enjoyed exchanging a few words with him over the years. He was a delightful, optimistic, joyful man whose company was welcomed by me. He loved to tell me the meaning of my first name ( forest maiden ), tell a humorous story and speak a few words of French,etc. I am very sad at his passing and I will miss not seeing him as I exercise at the gym — we all loved him! What an extraordinary man. My deepest sympathy to you.
Sylvia E. Lenti

Condolence from Catherine FAZZINA on March 13th, 2018 8:16 pm

My deal sisters my deepest sympathy to each of you on the passing of Fr Richard. I remember him well from my days with the daughters. Each time I visited the provincial house he would always greet me with love and affection. He was a good friend to all of us. May he rest in peace.

Condolence from Cindy Marino on March 13th, 2018 8:47 pm

Cindy Marino

Father Richard was a dear friend to me . He was always kind and loving. I am so sorry for your loss.
I will miss him greatly

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