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DANVERS - Mr. Richard “Dick” B. Salmonsen 91, of Danvers, beloved husband of the late Irene “Pat” (Baker) Salmonsen, passed away peacefully on Friday, October 27th, 2023, at Putnam Farm Assisted Living in Danvers, surrounded by his loving family.
Born in Worcester, Dick was the son of the late Clarence and Evelyn (Love) Salmonsen. He was raised and educated in Worcester, where he met his lifelong love, Pat, and was a graduate of Classical High School. Dick continued his education at Bryant and Stratton College in Boston where he received his associate degree in business.
An honorably discharged veteran, Dick proudly served his country as a member of the United States Navy during the Korean War.
Dick embarked on a long and successful career in Sales, predominantly in the Petroleum Industry. He began at Union Oil in Revere and after gaining some experience he moved on to Frontier Petroleum. As his career advanced, Dick took the position of Vice President of Sales at Global Petroleum for many years until the time of his retirement.
A loving husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, and great-grandfather, Dick loved being involved in his family and was very proud of his children and grandchildren, attending every game, recital and special event that he could. He was outgoing, loved to meet new people, and would talk to anyone. Dick never met a stranger, just a new friend. He loved to laugh and make others laugh. He was always checking in with friends and family with his nightly phone calls. Dick was hard-working and never sat still. He was always in the yard, keeping everything well-manicured, as well as greeting his neighbors and talking to anyone passing by. Dick and Pat always had a friendly wave and hello from their beloved front porch where they often sat enjoying their time with each other and their beautiful surroundings. Dick enjoyed woodworking and spent long hours cleaning and maintaining his pool, making sure it was in tip-top shape for his grandchildren.
Dick believed in giving back to his community and was a proud member of Amity-Mosaic Lodge A.F & A.M. and Shriners International. He was instrumental in developing the DeMolay program and mentoring young men to develop leadership skills, team building, and community engagement. Dick was involved with the Boy Scouts going on many camping trips with his sons. He was also a member of the New England Fuel Institute organizing many of their yearly trips, trips that he and Pat looked forward to each year that brought them to many destinations around the world. Dick will be fondly remembered for his love of family, and community, his generosity, and his larger-than-life personality, and will be deeply missed by his loving family and friends.
Surviving Dick are his daughters, Cathy Adkison and her husband, Gary of Danvers, Julie Jones and her husband, Jack of Beverly, his sons, Rick Salmonsen Jr. and his wife, Dianne of Gloucester, Mark Salmonsen and his wife, Nancy of Danvers, and Steven Salmonsen and his companion, Mary Leddy of Rye, New Hampshire, his grandchildren, Steven Adkison and his wife, Dee, Bryanne Shelton and her husband, Ruben, Kirsten Salmonsen, Woody Salmonsen, Mycala Salmonsen, Hanna Salmonsen, Anders Salmonsen, Michael Salmonsen, Johnny Jones, Cassie Jones and Carly Jones, his great-grandchildren, Elliott and Alex Adkison and Bodie Shelton. He was also the father of the late Craig Salmonsen and grandfather of the late Jeffrey Adkison.
The family would like to express their gratitude to the staff of Putnam Farm and All Hours Home Care for the kind care they afforded Mr. Salmonsen over the last several years.
ARRANGEMENTS: Relatives and friends are invited to his funeral service which will be held in O’Donnell Cremations – Funerals – Celebrations, 167 Maple St., (Rte. 62) DANVERS on Saturday, November 11th, 2023, at 11 A.M. Burial in Walnut Grove Cemetery, Danvers. Visiting hours will be held prior to the service from 9 to 11 A.M. Expressions of sympathy may be made in Dick’s memory to Benchmark Associate Holiday Fund, C/O Putnam Farm, 9 Summer St., Danvers, MA 01923. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit www.odonnellfuneralservice.com.
Benchmark Associate Holiday Fund
C/O Putnam Farm, 9 Summer St., Danvers MA 01923