STURBRIDGE — Richard V. Tilton Jr., 73, of Sunset Drive, died Friday, July 19.

His wife Darlene (Vickers) Tilton died April 5, 2017, and a son Steven Tilton on Oct. 19, 1997. He leaves a daughter Kelly Cox of Sturbridge, two sons Richard Tilton of Warren, and Eric Tilton of Southbridge, a brother Joseph Tilton of South Carolina, two sisters Barbara Duclos of Bridgewater, and Cheryl Harscheid of South Windsor, Conn., along with eight grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and several nephews and nieces.

Dick was born in Lincoln, Maine, the son of Richard and Marguerite (Allen) Tilton, and lived in the Sturbridge area most of his life. He graduated from Tantasqua Regional High School. He then served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany during the Vietnam War. After his service to our country he worked as an union ironworker, constructing many bridges and high-rise buildings. Dick was a Sturbridge Firefighter and EMT for many years. He enjoyed playing golf at Hemlock Country Club in Sturbridge and Cold Springs Golf Club in Belchertown.

His funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 25, in the Belanger-Bullard Funeral Home, 51 Marcy St. Southbridge. Calling hours are 5 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, July 24, in the funeral home. An online guestbook is available at

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