Richard Peper

Richard A. Peper

Monday March 25, 1957 - Monday April 13, 2020
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Richard A. Peper, 63, a longtime resident of Northborough, passed away on Monday, April 13, 2020, at the Milford Regional Medical Center. Richard was the son of the late Arthur D. and Elizabeth R. (Chirgwin) Peper and the younger brother to Carol A. Peper of White River Junction, Vermont. Richard spent his younger years in Randolph, VT. He graduated from Randolph Union H.S. Class of 1975 prior to earning his degree in broadcasting at the former Grahm Junior College, Boston.

Richard worked in the engineering departments of many Boston based television stations. Most recently he was Chief Engineer at WUTF in Hudson. His dedicated work ethic helped to keep the stations on the air.

With an enjoyment for music and as an avid lifelong parrot-head, Richard found time to catch Jimmy Buffet in concert no less than 30 times. He looked forward to his vacations in Ft. Lauderdale where he immersed himself in the local music scene. Richard also found relaxation summering on his cabin cruiser which he kept moored at Bass River Marina in West Dennis, Cape Cod.

There are no public services planned at this time. Please consider making a contribution in Richard’s memory to the American Cancer Society ( The next time you hear a Buffet song, think of Richard and pay it forward with an act of kindness to a stranger.

To leave a condolence, please visit Hays Funeral Home, 56 Main Street, Northborough, is honored to assist with Richard’s arrangements.
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Bob Kerrigan

Posted at 05:24pm
I worked with Richard Peper closely for the last 15+ years and he was a great engineer and friend. I still think of him all of the time. He had that trademark deep voice that I can still hear in my head now. Me and the folks in Needham at WUTF always referred to him as the Doctor. The Doctor bailed me out of many jams and I miss his sense of humor as well as his insatiable sweet tooth. He had great stories of his days in local television and spoke fondly of all his former co-workers. Bob Kerrigan

Imants Strautin

Posted at 09:50pm
I only knew Richard for about 18 months. The company that I worked for during that time was setting up a TV transmitter building at the same Hudson tower site where Richard worked. I found him to be friendly, talkative, and helpful. His cooperation was especially important while we were building a station from the ground up (literally). When I retired in December 2019, he joined my boss and me for a farewell lunch. We had a nice time, chatting and laughing.

David Peabody

Posted at 10:56pm
Richard was sweet, kind, and amazingly smart. He spent several years unwinding the audio mess that had grown up at WBZ. His whole career he was fixing engineering messes left by others. When he did build anew he did the best job. He did it all with a smile and a soft, kind voice. He never talked down to others. He was able to teach, enlighten, and enjoy his fellow employees. He leaves a hole in the world. God Bless you Richard. Carol, we will miss him greatly.

Joseph Hughes

Posted at 08:56pm
I had the pleasure of working with Richard at WSBK-TV38. Besides being a great engineer, he had a wonderful sense of humor. Many years later I met him at Sony Broadcast technical school in San Jose during a class break. He immediately came over to me and said in his famous slow New England drawl, "my hotel is better than your hotel." "Why's that?" I asked. "Because my hotel has free hot dogs and beer in the lobby every afternoon at 5:30," he said. I will miss Richard, gone too soon.

Moses Primo Sr.

Posted at 11:32am
My name is Moses Primo and I had the privilege to work with Richard in Worcester at WHLL and in Boston at WBZ. Richard was an excellent engineer, quiet in words but his work spoke louder then his voice. I learned a few things with him because he had a lot of experience in television. One thing I remember was a ride with Richard one time from Worcester to Boston in his red Mustang that was his baby. Richard love to drive fast and I never got to work early like I did riding with Richard. Even after I left Mass to go to other employment in Illinois I kept meeting Richard in Las Vegas in the middle of 80,000 during NAB and reminisce about old times and old friends. I will miss Richard. I pray for his soul to Rest In Peace until Jesus coming back soon to takes us to heaven.

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