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Mr. Richard A. Tarbox, 81, of Boxford, beloved husband of M. Elaine (Prouty) Tarbox died, Friday, September 1, 2017 at Brightview in Danvers.
Born in Fitchburg, he was the son of the late Harold and Charlotte (Countway) Tarbox. Raised and educated in Quincy, he was a graduate of Quincy High School and continued his education at Northeastern University, earning both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering.
As a young man, Richard was an active member of the Boy Scouts of America and earned the rank of Eagle Scout, an accomplishment he was extremely proud of.
An honorably discharged Veteran, Mr. Tarbox proudly served as a member of the United States Army during the Korean War.
An inspired and devoted professional, Richard had been employed by Bell Laboratories in North Andover, Skokie/Naperville Illinois and retired as executive director of the Engineering Research Center in Princeton, New Jersey. Richard truly cherished hard work and dedication in others and volunteered with SCORE of Newburyport to help give back and support the next generation of creative and motivated business people.
A loving and dedicated husband, father and grandfather, Mr. Tarbox enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He had a great love for adventure and enjoyed the outdoors from water skiing and sailing in the summer to snow skiing in the winter. He was also an active member of the Ski Bums Club of Danvers and cherished his many friendship and memories made there. He will be deeply missed.
In addition to his wife Elaine with whom he shared 56 years of marriage, Richard is survived by his daughters; Lisa M. Toso of Dallas, and Linda A. Todd and her husband Stephen of North Andover; his son, David A. Tarbox and his husband, Thomas DiBuro of Boxford, his grandchildren, Michael and Liam Todd; his brothers, Bruce Tarbox and his wife, Ann of Glendale, Ariz. and John Tarbox of Rockland, and several nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend his visiting hours which will be held in the Peterson-O’Donnell Funeral Home, 167 Maple St. (rte. 62), Danvers on Wednesday, Sept. 6th, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Burial in the Village Cemetery, Georgetown Rd., Boxford, on Friday, Sept. 8th at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Richard’s memory to Northeastern University, C/O Development Information Systems, 118 Cushing Hall, 360 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02115-9877. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visitwww.odonnellfuneralservice.com.
Published on  September 4, 2017
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