Richard F. Hechtl, 81, of New Boston passed away on Tuesday, May 28, 2013.
He was born in Lewiston, Maine on March 2, 1932 to Alexander and Marjorie Jordan Hechtl. Richard served in the US Navy from 1950 to 1954 and married the love of his life, Elaine Stevens Hechtl on April 4, 1954.
He earned a BS in Psychology from Bates College and a MS in Psychology from the University of New Hampshire. He worked as a psychologist at the Youth Development Center and in the Concord State Prison for several years before joining the faculty at Saint Anselm College. While there, he founded the Psychology department, which grew to be one of the largest majors at the college, and served as department chair for many years. In addition, he served as faculty advisor to the Saint Anselm Jazz Band. He retired after a 30 year teaching career.
Richard was many things, including a grower of vegetables, a caretaker of the land he loved, an avid jazz pianist, a wonderful counselor, an encourager of aspirations, and the best husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, friend, and mentor that anyone could hope for.
All that knew him will never forget him. All that loved him will forever be blessed by his love, leadership, gentle kindness, and incredible generosity. He leaves behind many legacies, from the farm house he and Elaine restored to the large and sprawling family they have created to fill it.
Richard is survived by his wife of 59 years, Elaine Hechtl; his brother Mark Hechtl of Moreno Valley, CA; and his three children: his daughter Patty (Dennis) Kilar of New Boston, NH and their children, Alex (Julie), Heather, and Liz Kilar; his daughter Tina (John) Langley of Hollis, NH and their children Alli, Anna, Kate, and Sam Langley; and his son Eric (Kim) Hechtl of Niles, MI and their children Jolean (Seth) Smith and Steven, Jeremy, and Nathan Hechtl, as well as two great-grandsons, Caleb and Luke Smith, and his dog, Ginger.
Richard's family is planning an open house at the family farm, Colonial Acres, on Saturday, June 22nd starting at 2 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to New Boston Fire and Rescue. French and Rising Funerals Home 17 South Mast St. Goffstown is assisting with arrangements. For more information or to sign an online guestbook go to www.frenchandrising.com
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