Richard E. Slavin

September 24, 1949 ~ August 24, 2023 (age 73) 73 Years Old
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Richard Slavin Obituary

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Richard E. Slavin, a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and son. Richard's journey, which began on September 24, 1949, has left an indelible mark on the lives he touched. He was a pillar of strength and love within his family.


Richard was the devoted husband of Ellen Rizzari Slavin, a partnership that spanned 54 years. He was the cherished son of the late Eugene and Anna Slavin, a family that instilled in him the values that guided his life.


After a 25-year battle with stiff person syndrome, Richard leaves behind a legacy of resilience and love. He is survived by his daughters: Chris Slavin of Danvers, Kerry Carbone (Chad) of Salem, Erin Howes (Dennis) of Seabrook NH, and Meg Wasmer (Mark) of Beverly.


Richard's spirit lives on through his 6 Grandchildren and 2 Great Grandchildren, who were a source of immense joy for him. He also leaves behind his beloved sister, Mary Slavin-Simmons of Middleton, and his brother, Paul B Slavin (Linda) of Peabody.


Born and raised in Peabody, Richard graduated from Bishop Fenwick High School in 1968. He furthered his education at Northeastern University, earning a masters degree in Respiratory Care and Business. His career as a respiratory therapist took him across the nation and abroad to countries like Brazil and Iran.


Richard's impact extended beyond borders. He was recognized worldwide as an accomplished author, lecturer, and research affiliate with Harvard Medical School, and was a board member on the Stratford Foundation. His journey began at JB Thomas Hospital in Peabody, later transitioning to Salem Hospital. Following his graduation from Northeastern University, he contributed to Mass General before assuming the role of Director of Respiratory Care for the neonatal intensive care unit at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.


His compassion extended to his furry companions. Richard's bond with his service dog Willamina, and the late Seamus, Cracker, and Penelope, was a testament to his nurturing spirit. He found solace in the summers spent on Deer Island in New Brunswick, Canada, as well as his cherished travels to Ireland, Alaska, and England.


Richard possessed a diverse range of interests, from his passion for ham radio operation to his meticulous model boat building. Yet, his greatest joy stemmed from witnessing the simple pleasures in life. Whether it was sharing an ice cream treat with his great grandchildren or reveling in a picnic on the floor, their happiness brought him profound peace.


In his youth, Richard created lasting memories during summers in New Jersey with his grandfather, despite his aversion to the resident geese. He also embraced hard work, contributing to the tanneries in Peabody and Salem while attending high school.

Richard E. Slavin's legacy is one of strength, compassion, and unwavering love. He will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him. May his memory continue to inspire us to embrace life's simple pleasures and face challenges with courage.



Services will be private.  In lieu of flowers please make a donation in Richard’s name to the:  Ipswich Human Group  P.O. Box 873  Ipswich, MA  01938.  Assisting the Slavin family is the Morris Funeral Home of Ipswich.  To send a letter of condolence to Richard’s family please go to: .

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Ipswich Humane Group
P.O. Box 873, Ipswich MA 01938


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