PLAINVILLE – Richard “Dickie” Plante, Jr., 80, a longtime resident of Plainville passed away Sunday, September 10, 2017 at Sturdy Memorial Hospital surrounded by his devoted family.
Born February 8, 1937 in Attleboro, he was the son of the late Richard,Sr. and Lea (Allard) Plante.
Dickie grew up in Plainville and was a 1956 graduate of Plainville High School. He was an avid singer in musicals at his high school and with his church choir.
He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Army Reserves and worked as a heavy equipment operator at several local companies including Cavalieri Construction and Lorusso Co. throughout his life.
He was involved in Plainville town politics and served on several town boards. He loved hiking and walking and was an avid reader. He was known for walking around town in his orange hat and six-foot walking stick and waving to those he knew.
Dickie was also an automobile enthusiast and was active at the Plainville Senior Center.
He is survived by six children and their spouses: Charles Plante and wife Pam of North Attleboro, Joseph Plante and wife Celeste of North Attleboro, Richard Plante III and wife Lauren of Nova Scotia, Canada, Robbin Selesky and husband James of Natick, John Plante and wife Krista of Cumberland, RI and Edward Plante and wife Sandra of Cumberland;
8 siblings: Sandra L. Burlingame of Plainville, Peter E. Plante and wife Katherine of Heath, OH, Michael E. Plante and wife Kathy of Orange Park, FL, Kathleen C. Plante of Moyock, North Carolina, Laurel A. Lomanno and husband Paul of Londonderry, NH, Stephen J. Plante and wife Gail of East Falmouth, Timothy E. Plante and wife Laurie of North Attleboro and Jeffrey J. Plante and wife Debra of Wrentham;
He shared 17 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren with his former wife Nancy (Hopkins) Plante along with numerous nieces and nephews.
He was brother of the late Ronald E. Plante.
Visiting hours will be held on Monday, September 18 from 4-8 p.m. in the Sperry & McHoul Funeral Home, 15 Grove Street, North Attleboro.
Private burial will be held at St. Mary’s Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Plainville Senior Center, 9 School Street, Plainville, MA 02762.