Byfield — Richard Siebert of Byfield, passed away on March 23, 2014, after a long and heroic battle with cancer. Born on September 21, 1948, in Cambridge, Mass., he was the son of Eileen (Fitzgerald) Siebert of York, Maine, and the late Robert D. Siebert II. He was a proud member of the Chelmsford High School Class of 1966. In 2010, he was honored to be inducted into the CHS Hall of Fame. He was a 1998 Bachelor of Science and 2000 Master of Science graduate of Western New England College.
Known as Sieb, he is survived by his beloved wife of 30 years, Claire (Cameron); and his children, Diana Gargan, Laura and Jim Fergola, Kerry, Erik, Kristen, and Rachael Siebert, all of Byfield. He will be missed by his grandsons, Tyler Ostiguy and Connor and Evan Gargan. He will be greatly missed by his brothers, Robert Siebert III and Kevin Siebert, both of Merrimack, N.H.; and his sister, Lynne Thomas and husband, Bob Thomas of York; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Sieb was a Vietnam-era, U.S. Navy veteran, and graduated from Great Lakes Recruit Training Command in 1966. He was assigned to the In-shore Undersea Warfare Group in Qui Nhon and served there for two tours, including the Tet Offensive. He finished his enlistment in San Diego assigned to security at the USS Pueblo. Throughout his life, he stayed connected with his shipmates, and attended many veteran reunions and important ceremonies.
Professionally, Sieb joined the Massachusetts State Police in 1973 (#53 RTT). His assignments at the Mounted Unit, the 55-Team and the Motorcycle Unit earned him many commendations for his work. He retired with 39 years of service in 2012.
Always a man of faith, his many hours of service to others led him to discern a vocation for the Permanent Diaconate. Sieb was ordained on September 6, 2006, by Archbishop Cardinal Sean O’Malley. He was assigned to his home parish of Immaculate Conception, Newburyport, Mass. Sieb was active in the St. Basil’s Cursillo Community of Methuen, Mass., and served as a volunteer and spiritual director.