Richard Jacob Spector, 89, of Framingham passed away on April 7 after a long illness. Born in Boston, he was the son of the late Celia Spector and the late Frank Spector. He was the beloved brother of the late George Spector and his wife, Sally, as well as his late sister, Ruthie Meltzer and her husband, Harry.
Before embarking on his career, Richard served in the U.S. Army in France as an accountant and interpreter at the end of the Korean Conflict.
Richard spent his career in sales, merchandising and product development — first, in the wholesale liquor business, then with S&H Green Stamps, next as a wholesale food broker in the meat and deli industry, and ultimately adding in the snack food sector. As a prominent entrepreneur and business owner, Richard founded and managed Summit Food Sales for many years.
In retirement, Richard enjoyed weekly outings with his Romeo Lunch Club. Throughout his life, Richard was an avid food aficionado who was best known for his generous hospitality and gregarious personality. Most of all, Richard enjoyed spending special times with family, with his beloved wife, Janice, by his side.
Richard is survived by his wife, Janice, and his blended family, including his children, Marjorie Anderson and her husband, Stephen, of Framingham, Steven Spector and his wife, Donna, of Hopkinton, Sara Spector-Brown and her husband, Peter Brown Jr., of Uxbridge, Michelle Forna of Millis, Noel Bahri of Hopkinton, and Ed Sobkowiak and his wife, Ilona, of Northbridge. Loving grandchildren include Samantha Anderson and her husband, John Farnsworth, of Brattleboro, Vermont, Ian Anderson and his wife, Samantha, of Abington, Olivia Spector of Somerville, Michael Spector of Los Angeles, Joe Sobkowiak and Katie Sobkowiak of Uxbridge, Kian, Lili and JJ Bahri of Hopkinton, Travis Brown and his fiancee, Valerie Cedeno, of Wichita Falls, Texas, and Tayla Brown of Northbridge. He also leaves many nieces, nephews and cousins in New England and across the country.
Due to COVID-19 protocol, a private ceremony in Metrowest will take place in the near future. Please contact the Levine Chapels in Brookline (levinechapels.com) for more information.