Richie Diemand Obituary, Death – In honor of Richard Allen Diemand. Boston Area Town of Wendell Richard Allen Diemand, 58, of Wendell, Massachusetts, lost his battle with MSA, a fast developing neurological condition, on Friday, May 19, 2023, at home, surrounded by family and friends. On May 11th, 1965, Rich entered the world at the Farren Hospital in Montague, Massachusetts. His wife, Marcy Wickham-Diemand, and daughters Ayla and MaKensy are among those who will miss him. Christopher, his brother, and Pamela, his sister, both reside in Wendell.
His Wendell father, Joseph, and his Maine mom, Carol Searles, are his inspiration. His sense of humor and willingness to lend a hand will be sorely missed by his many relatives and friends. Rich was raised on the Diemand Farm in Wendell, Massachusetts. He completed his education in Data Processing at the Franklin County Technical School in Turners Falls. Later, he entered the information technology departments at McKesson, Yankee Candle, Eaglebrook School, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. While employed at UMass, he enrolled in the University Without Walls program and completed a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. Even though his work required him to travel frequently, Rich found that his time with loved ones was always the most rewarding.
If Rich stated he would be there to help or perform a job, there was no doubt that he would be there and that the job would be done properly. He worked as the head cook for Famous Diemand BBQ chicken and took the week before Thanksgiving off to work as the front man at his family’s turkey farm. In the past several years, he’s had the opportunity to take his girls on a journey of a lifetime; they visited Iceland. We’ll also recall our other travels fondly. After learning that he had Multiple System Atrophy (MSA), a rare form of Parkinson’s disease, in 2018, Rich clung to the love and support of his family while he adjusted to the physical changes brought on by the disease. Whatever the question, he always responded with “Ok-ish” when asked how he was doing. His life’s philosophy was, “Let’s simply keep going till we’re done. To everyone who has helped the family in any manner, we say thank you from the bottom of our hearts. You were the reason he was able to enjoy his final days to the fullest.