LIVERMORE FALLS – Emile J. Richard, 74, a resident of Monroe Street, Livermore Falls, died early Saturday morning at his home surrounded by his family.

He was born in Jay on Jan. 24, 1932, the son of Edouard and Marguerite Richard. Emile was a graduate of Livermore Falls High School, where he participated in football, baseball and basketball. They were state champions in football for their division during his senior year. After high school, he played baseball for the Livermore Falls Shuy Indians.

On Aug. 30, 1952, he married Joyce Fuller at St. Rose of Lima Church in Jay.

He served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army Reserves for 13 years.

Emile worked for International Paper Co. at the Otis and Androscoggin Mills in Jay, and at Bath Iron Works, retiring in 1997. After his retirement, he worked part-time at Finley Funeral Home and was always willing to do whatever he could to help out.

Emile was very devoted to his family. His love for them was immeasurable. He went to all the activities of his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He enjoyed helping with beano at the K of C Hall, spending the summers at their camp on Round Pound, walking with his dogs and keeping busy.

He was a member of the Knights of Columbus 4th Degree, a Communicant of St. Rose of Lima Church, a Eucharistic Minister, a past commander of the AmVets Post No. 33.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Joyce, of Livermore Falls; three daughters, Pamela Martin and her husband, Randy, of Leeds, Diane Richard and her companion, Daniel Barker, of Livermore Falls, and Jennifer Souther and her husband, John, of Mississauga, Canada; five sons, Denis Richard of Livermore, Donald Richard of Hartford, Bruce Richard of Livermore Falls, David Richard and his wife, Doreen, of Livermore, and Peter Richard and his wife, Laura, of Honeoye, N.Y.; 14 grandchildren, Sarah Clark, Rachel Merriam, Robin Turner, Lindsay, Jacob, Jason, Valen, Tricia, Drew, Madeline and Meaghan Richard, Ian Souther, and Carrie Cyr; six great-grandchildren, Wyatt Clark, Jacob Richard Jr., Samantha Laverdure, Danielle Logan, and Sam and Collin Cyr; a sister, Theresa Bonney and her husband, Clarence, of Minot; a brother, Gerard “Zeke” Richard and his wife, Annette, of Jay; brothers-in-law Francis Fuller and his wife, Margaret, Melvin Fuller and his wife, Barbara, Norman Fuller and his wife, Charlotte, and Alfred Fuller and his wife, Judy; and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents; two sisters, Claudia Gilbert and Annette Richard; and a brother, Donald Richard.