Richard Wheeler

Richard S. Wheeler

Wednesday July 16, 1952 - Friday March 20, 2020
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Richard S. Wheeler died at his home, Indian Head Farm, in Berlin on Friday, March 20, 2020. He was the son of Willard and Joanne Wheeler. He is survived by his brother Timothy Wheeler and his sister in law Janet Woodward as well as two nephews, James and Nathaniel Wheeler also of Indian Head Farm.

After graduating from Dean Junior College where he studied music, Richard lived and worked in Boston where he forged friendships that continue to this day. He was always happy to sit down at the piano and entertain family and friends with his music and infectious smile.

Richard had a passion for flowers and spent the past decade in the greenhouses and fields of the Farm growing a range of annuals and perennials to the delight of his customers and friends. He was always ready to share his horticultural knowledge and experience, whether creating special arrangements to accent the needs and whimsey of a particular occasion or taking an unhurried stroll through the green house with customers.

Prior to his return to the farm, Richard worked for many years as a waiter, first at The Grille in Northborough and then at The Old Timer in Clinton, where he became known by many and made valued friends.

He pursued his love of Berlin and its history by serving on the Berlin Historical Commission as well as being a member of the Berlin Art and Historical Society. He prepared a number of programs on topics such as The Berlin Lyceum or Historical Clothing delving into old documents and family artifacts to shed light on what life in Berlin was like in past years.

A celebration of Richard’s life will be held at the farm during the summer when his flowers are in bloom.

Donations may be made in Richard’s memory to the Berlin Arts and Historical Society, P.O. Box 35, Berlin, MA 01503. To leave a condolence or to share a story, please visit Hays Funeral Home, 56 Main Street, Northborough is honored to assist the Wheeler Family at this time.
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A memorial service and celebration of Richard's life will take place later this Spring at Indian Head Farm, Berlin. Once a date and time have been determined a notice will be released.


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Brooker Family

Posted at 10:59pm
Richard brought us the most beautiful flowers every year. We were lucky to know such a kind, gentle man and we will miss him. Our thoughts are with the Wheeler family. — Carol, Richard, and Beth Brooker

liz dichiara

Posted at 09:01am
Richard was so kind to me. I was looking for a butterfly bush, or bee balm, I forget, but he didn't have a potted plant available for me. He said, "I think there are some under the wagon." We went outside and there were some little baby rogue plants. He dig a few up for me and just gave them to me, no charge. His smile, his manner, his heart, and his kindness will live on in my heart. And the baby plants he gave me are doing very well. Thanks Richard and my condolences to the entire Wheeler family. Liz Dichiara, Village Court

Mary Ellen Matthew

Posted at 08:17am
Richard was a quiet, unassuming, talented guy with a ready smile and a witty remark. Tim, Janet, James and Nate, cherish your memories as I will mine. Go in peace, Mary Ellen Matthew

Marsha Johnston

Posted at 07:48pm
Tim, Janet, James and Nate plus their extended families... Who was Richard? A quiet kind person who loved his flower gardens and in the evening light would kneel down and weed them so that we could all enjoy them. His knowledge of flowers was inspirational to me personally as well as all his friends and customers. His commitment to the history of Berlin was important to him and he organized many fine Historical Society programs over the years using the families collections of clothing, hats, and documents as well helping maintain the Town's historical buildings for many residents to enjoy. I know he will be greatly missed! Love You.... Marsha, Alan & family

Phyllis Fiske

Posted at 09:38am
So sorry for your loss Tim I always enjoyed seeing him when we went over to buy flowers RIP Richard Phyllis Fiske

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