Richard R. Brault, 95, a Hopkinton veteran who served in the battles of Okinawa, Tinian and Saipan, died peacefully on Feb. 6.
He was born in New Bedford, the son of the late Dr. Norbert R. and Florence (Chartrand) Brault. After his junior year of high school, Richard joined the U.S. Marine Corps. Richard trained at Parris Island and Camp Lejeune before assignment to the Pacific Theater. During WWII, he served with the 10th Marine (Artillery) Regiment 2nd Battalion, Company D, 2nd Marine Division.
After the war, Richard completed high school and attended Boston School of Mechanical Dentistry before starting his 32-year career with Prudential Life Insurance. In retirement, he served as chaplain for Post 202 American Legion in Hopkinton, worked tirelessly to help pass Senate Bill 1534 for disabled veterans, served on the building committee for the Hopkinton Senior Center, was a member of the Hopkinton Board of Health, and participated in the 50th Citizens’ Legislative Seminar. He was an outdoorsman, hunter, fisherman and sports enthusiast, and he participated in numerous veterans events in town, including the monthly Veterans Breakfast at the Senior Center.
Later in life, Richard discovered a love for playing Santa each holiday season for Weston Nurseries, local businesses and St. Gabriel’s parish. His white beard and favorite red suit attire will remain in the hearts of many.
Mr. Brault is survived by his loving wife, M. Virginia Brault (Verdi), and his children, Rev. Laurence V. Brault, pastor of St. Gabriel’s parish in Upton, Judith Brault (daughter-in-law) of Glen Rock, New Jersey, Richard N. and Eileen Brault of York, Maine, Joseph and Denise Brault of Milford, Carolyn and Dana Baron of Whitinsville, Thomas A. and Betty Brault of Upton, and Christine Brault and Ken Mayer of Acton, along with 15 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by a son, Dr. Peter V. Brault (2020), a grandchild, Stephen R. Brault, his brothers, Dr. Clement E. Brault, V. Paul Brault, Gelose G. Brault, Bernard B. Brault, Dr. Denis D. Brault, and Dr. Jerome J. Brault; and sisters Rose A. Crossley and Pauline Brault.
He was a very proud United States Marine and veteran with a kind soul and jovial presence. Oorah, Santa! May there be clear skies for his sleigh ride to the stars.
There will be a wake in the church at St. Gabriel’s in Upton on Thursday, Feb. 11, from 6-8 p.m. The funeral mass and burial will be private. Services are under the care of the Matarese Funeral Home in Ashland.
Donations in Richard Brault’s name may be made to the Hopkinton Senior Center, 28 Mayhew St., Hopkinton, MA 01748 or to the St. Gabriel’s Building Fund, 151 Mendon St., Upton, MA 01568.