Richard A. Bonacorsi – The Santa Barbara Independent

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Salem – Richard A. Bonacorsi passed away peacefully at his home on May 26, 2022 in Salem, NH, after a brief battle with cancer. He was 72 years old.

Richard was born August 23, 1949 to Joseph and Rose (Cubelli) Bonacorsi and grew up in Methuen, MA. In his mid-teens, he was seriously injured in a car accident that would change the course of his life. After several months in the hospital and over a year recovering, he worked for Grieco Brothers in Lawrence, MA and earned his GED, and eventually attended Northern Essex Community College. He never had trouble finding work and did everything from sales to landscaping to cabinet making, eventually becoming an installer, field technician and technical troubleshooter at Cox Cable in Santa Barbara, California. As his vision failed him, he moved from technical work to customer service, from which he retired. During his retirement, he volunteered for the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, spent time with his mother and close friends at his home, spoke daily to his closest friend, Paulie, and spent countless hours caring for her grandchildren. In 2014, he moved back to New Hampshire and shared a home with his brother, Joseph Bonacorsi, until his death in 2020.

Richard is survived by his nephews, Joseph (Melanie) Bonacorsi of Chichester, NH, Jason Bonacorsi of Boscawen, NH, and Matt (Kristen) Bonacorsi of New Boston, NH, and his daughter-in-law, Andria (Brian) Bargiel, of Santa Barbara, CA and her grandchildren, Oliver and Ruby. He is also survived by his significant other, Rebecca Dorman of Salem, NH, who cared for him throughout his illness. He will be remembered as the loving and funny Uncle Cheech of Jessica, Jordin, Cassandra, Alexandra and Nathan. He liked to play tricks on them and make them laugh.

He was predeceased by his only brother, Joseph Bonacorsi in May 2020 with whom he was laid to rest in a funeral service on July 1, 2022 at 12:30 p.m. at St Mary-Immaculate Conception Cemetery, 55 Hideaway Lane, Methuen, MA.
The setbacks he suffered from his car accident were monumental, but Richard always pushed to overcome the odds. He was a fighter until the end and made us laugh while he did it.

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