HOPKINTON – Richard R. Brault, 95, a Hopkinton veteran who served in the battles of Okinawa, Tinian, and Saipan, died peacefully on Saturday, February 6th, 2021.
He was born in New Bedford, the son of the late Dr. Norbert R. and Florence (Chartrand) Brault.
After his junior year of high school, Richard joined the US Marine Corps.
Richard trained at Parris Island and Camp Lejeune before assignment to the Pacific Theater.
During WWII, he served with the 10th Marine (Artillery) Regiment 2nd Battalion, Company D, 2nd Marine Division.
After the war, Richard completed high school and attended Boston School of Mechanical Dentistry before starting his 32 years career with Prudential Life Insurance.
In retirement, he served as Chaplain for Post 202 American Legion in Hopkinton, worked tirelessly to help pass Senate Bill 1534 for disabled veterans, served on the building committee for the Hopkinton Senior Center, was a member of the Hopkinton Board of Health, and participated in the Fiftieth Citizens’ Legislative Seminar.
He was an outdoorsman, hunter, fisherman, sports enthusiast, and participated in numerous veteran events in town including the monthly Veteran’s Breakfast at the Senior Center.
Later in life, Richard discovered a love for playing Santa each holiday season for Weston Nurseries, local businesses, and for St. Gabriel’s parish. His white beard and favorite red suit attire will remain in the hearts of many.
Mr. Brault is survived by his loving wife, M. Virginia Brault (Verdi) and his children, Rev. Laurence V. Brault, pastor of St. Gabriel’s Parish in Upton, Judith Brault (daughter-in-law) of Glen Rock, NJ, Richard N. and Eileen Brault of York, ME, Joseph and Denise Brault of Milford, Carolyn and Dana Baron of Whitinsville, Thomas A. and Betty Brault of Upton, and Christine Brault and Ken Mayer of Acton, along with 15 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by a son, Dr. Peter V. Brault (2020), a grandchild, Stephen R. Brault, and his brothers, Dr. Clement E. Brault, V. Paul Brault, Gelose G. Brault, Bernard B. Brault, Dr. Denis D. Brault, and Dr. Jerome J. Brault; and by sisters Rose A. Crossley and Pauline Brault.
He was a very proud United States Marine and veteran with a kind soul and jovial presence. Oorah, Santa! May there be clear skies for his sleigh ride to the stars.
There will be a wake in the church at St. Gabriel’s Church in Upton on Thursday, February 11 from 6 to 8 p.m. The funeral Mass and burial will be private.
Donations in Richard Brault’s name may be made to the Hopkinton Senior Center, 28 Mayhew St, Hopkinton, MA 01748 or to the St. Gabriel’s Building Fund, 151 Mendon St, Upton, MA 01568
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