Richard Whitmarsh, Jr. of East Bridgewater died peacefully listening to his music, March 19, 2017 in the Good Samaritan Hospital at the age of 93. Son of the late Mildred (Goodwin) and Richard Whitmarsh, Richard was raised and educated in East Bridgewater and had been proudly living there ever since.
Shortly after high school, he auditioned and became a member of the 50 piece US Coast Guard Band during World War 2; serenading the troops as they were boarding ships to England, entertaining them with various celebrities and participating in patriotic parades and war bond rallies. After the war, he attended the Conn Musical Instrument Repair School in Elkhart, IN and played with the Tony Papa Dance Band, touring throughout the Midwest. He performed on cornet with the Abington Legion Band from 1947 to 1962 which became the Rockland Concert Band and was selected to become conductor. The band was then relocated to East Bridgewater and Richard renamed it the South Shore Concert Band. Residents will fondly recall the band performing summer evenings concerts on the common across Massachusetts. Richard continued giving private trumpet lessons and opened a retail music store known as Whitmarsh Music Company, musical merchandiser to music stores across New England.
His dedication to the musical arts is demonstrated in his multiple recordings, beloved worldwide by those that appreciate classic circus marches. His dedication has been recognized by recurrent invitations to participate in the New York City Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, multiple television and movie credits and by Boston PBS who utilized his music as auction background soundtrack for 25 years. As a pinnacle to his career, Richard was recently inducted into the Windjammers Hall of Fame.
Father of Karen Nelson, Dale Seavey, Dianne Elizabeth Garabedian of Boulder CO, Karla Goodwin Whitmarsh of Fort Collins, CO., Richard S. Whitmarsh, and Polly Christine Whitmarsh (d.2003). Grandfather of Jenna, Shayna, Josh, Marisa, Kathryn Elizabeth Mehsling, Tyler J. , Jake C. and Braedon C. Reed of Fort Collins, CO., Corey, and Benjamin.
Visiting hours will be held in the East Bridgewater Prophett-Chapman Cole & Gleason Funeral Home 35 Spring Street East Bridgewater Friday March 24th from 4-6pm.
Memorial donations in honor of Richard may be made to Steward Home Care and Hospice 30 Perwal Street Westwood, MA 02090.
A private burial ceremony will be held at a later date.