Richard Louis Olivere, Rich, age 86 of Wilmington, DE, died due to COVID Pneumonia on Saturday, January 1st, 2022, minutes after the start of the New Year
A beloved father, grandfather, brother, uncle, coach, friend and so much more, he positively impacted so many lives with his zest for life, his welcoming demeanor and his boundless warmth.
Born on May 30th, 1935 in Wilmington, DE to loving parents, Louis and Natalie Olivere. He was raised in the 40 acres neighborhood of Wilmington alongside his 3 siblings, Ray, Norma and Ron. Rich was preceded in death by his brother Ray and sister Norma.
A graduate of Wilmington High School, Rich exhibited profound abilities as a craftsman early in life and worked alongside his father in the family plumbing business, eventually running the business for many decades prior to joining the maintenance department at St. Francis Hospital in Wilmington.
Rich met and married the love of his life, Anne (Lavery), from Glasgow, Scotland in 1962. Their marriage of 59 years produced 3 children, Rick, Chris and Tracy.
Anyone lucky enough to know Rich also knew of his life-long love of sports. A gifted athlete himself, Rich exceled in baseball and instilled that love of our national pastime (and especially his beloved Philadelphia Phillies) in his sons and grandsons. Rich was a proud member of the St. John the Beloved Athletic Association for many years coaching generations of young men on the diamond and most importantly teaching them valuable life-lessons off the field; earning their admiration and respect.
Above all, Rich was a loving family man and his greatest titles were that of husband, father and PopPop. He is survived by his wife (Anne), his children Rick (Maria), Chris (Liv), Tracy (Dean Argo), brother Ron (Joan), his six grandchildren (Vincent, Stephen, Francesca, Christopher, Brandon, and Adam), numerous nieces, nephews and relations on both sides of the family as well as life-long friends both living and deceased.
His passing has left a gaping hole for all he leaves behind but the love he gave so abundantly throughout his lifetime is a legacy which will echo proudly through the corridors of time.