Haverhill, MA — Richard Zelinski, 56, of Haverhill, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, June 22. Richard was born in Jersey City, N.J., and was the son of Nancy Newton and Walter Zelinski. He enlisted in the United States Army, where he was stationed in Giesen, Germany, and later enlisted in the National Guard. Richard worked for many years at Kevlin Corp./Cobham Defense Systems as a test lab supervisor. In his free time, he enjoyed martial arts, SCUBA diving, working out in the early morning hours, but most of all playing tennis at Cedardale, where he was a member. He was a committed father, who deeply loved his family and firmly believed in the dignity of labor. He will be terribly missed.
Richard is survived by his mother, Nancy Newton of Lakeland, Fla.; a son, Corey V. Zelinski of Haverhill; two brothers, Arthur Guillette and his wife, Dorothy, of Quitman, Ga., and Walter Zelinski and his wife, Celia, of Rockway, N.J.; a sister, Suzanne Zelinski of Norwalk, Conn.; a niece, Victoria Zelinski; and two nephews, Walter Zelinski and A.J. Guillette. Richard is predeceased by his father, Walter Zelinski.
ARRANGEMENTS: There will be no calling hours, and all those who wish to pay respects are invited to attend a Solemn High Requiem Mass in the Traditional Latin Rite on Wednesday, July 2, at 10:30 a.m., at Mary Immaculate of Lourdes Church, 270 Elliot St., Newton, Mass., with burial to take place at a later date.
For directions, or to offer condolences, please visit www.pollardfuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Richard's honor may be made to Suzanne Zelinski. The Kenneth H. Pollard Funeral Home is honored to be assisting the Zelinski family through this difficult time.