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BERKLEY---Charles "Richard" Roney - Passed away peacefully at home in Berkley, MA surrounded by his loving family, the rolling river and his yard full of birds on July 4, 2021 at the age of 79.

Born in a "one room house with a dirt floor" on July 11, 1941 in Mt. Vernon, IL to his mom, Christine "Tine" (Wheeler) Bennett, and his dad, Clyde Roney. He was the fifth out of eight children and often told funny, entertaining stories of his childhood in Illinois and eventually Easton, MA. His seven siblings included Bobbie, Ruth, Betty, Barbara, Frances, Wilma and Frankie.

When they were both 15 years old, Richard met Joan Linehan when she'd leave Boston to spend the summers at her uncle's chicken farm in Norton, MA. They married at 19 years old and had a home built in Easton, MA where they raised their three children. Richard and Joanie Roney were married for 60 years.

When Richard was 17 years old, he joined the US Army with his older brother Bob using the buddy program. Stationed together in Fort Benning, GA until they were shipped off to Germany at the time of the Berlin Wall being erected. He always said when he found out he was being sent "I thought my ass was grass".

Richard was a welder by trade and worked for Butler Automatic in Canton, MA for over 30 years until his retirement.

Richard was totally devoted to his wife, kids and grandkids. He's survived by his wife, Joan Roney of Berkley, MA and his kids, David Roney of Fall River, MA; Kevin Roney and his wife Michelle of Easton, MA; Taunya Baptiste and her husband Marcus of Berkley, MA. He was "Pup" to his grandkids, Michael, Alexa and her fiance, Chris, Jonathan, Cameron, Caitlyn, Colton, Mason and any of their friends he met along the way. We'll all miss the "Hi Babe" when we enter his home.

Richard loved and was loved by his large family including siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. He was known for his upbeat, funny, kind, patient, gentle, loving, caring personality AND the pranks he'd pull with friends and family. As his son in law said "I knew Richard for over 20 years and I don't think I ever heard him get mad. Actually, I don't think I ever even heard him raise his voice."

He spent several winters in his little camper at the Riverside RV Resort in Arcadia, FL. He was an avid bird watcher in his backyard on the Assonet River, he'd spend hours on his back porch basking in the sun. He loved riding around town in his T-Bird with the top down playing country music.

We'll forever remember all of his quirky sayings including, "I'm 5'2", eyes are blue"; "We're off like a terd of hurtles"; "You're purdy three ways-purdy dumb, purdy ugly and purdy sure to stay that way"; "Busier than a one legged man in an ass kicking contest"; "Happier than a pig in shit"; "Half Hour"; How you doing pup? "Anybody I can"; and the constant "Yat-Dat-Dah-Dah".

We'll miss you every day for the rest of our lives, love you always and forever be grateful you were ours.

A celebration of Richard's life will be announced in the coming weeks. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to giving.massgeneral.org