NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

March 26, 2014

Richard Siebert, 65


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.

Sieb was recognized as a doer in many charitable, civic and church organizations. He was proud to have been a Dana Farber blood platelet donor with over 150 donations, as well as a non-relative match to their patient of the year. He was a longtime Easter Seals swim instructor for disabled children and adults. Sieb received the coveted MSP Bull Dog Award for his fundraising for Children’s Hospital, and volunteered for many years at the WBZ Farm Stand fundraiser for Children’s Hospital. He served as District Deputy for the Knights of Columbus Council 231 in Newburyport and was a member of the Fourth Degree. In 2013, he was recognized for his Diaconate work by Cardinal O’Malley and awarded the Cheverus Medal. For many years, he prayerfully attended the Right To Life March in Washington, D.C. Sieb was a private pilot and flew out of Beverly Airport.

ARRANGEMENTS: Arrangements are by the Twomey–LeBlanc and Conte Funeral Home, 193 High Street, Newburyport. His wake will be held on Thursday, March 27, at Immaculate Conception Church, Green Street, Newburyport, from 2 to 7:30 p.m. Vigil service will be held from 7:30 to 8 p.m. A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, March 28, at 10 a.m., at the same location. Interment with Military Honors will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery, Newburyport.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Siebert Children Education Fund, c/o Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank, 63 State Street, Newburyport, MA 01950, will be greatly appreciated. To sign the family guest book, please visit www.contefuneralhomes.com.