J. Richard Nedder, Sr.
Mr. Nedder leaves his loving wife of 57 years, Helene G. (Ravanis) Nedder; a daughter, Elaine T. Nedder of West Boylston; two sons, J. Richard Nedder, Jr., and his wife Janet of Uxbridge, and their children J. Richard Nedder, III, and Catherine E. Nedder; and Michael C. Nedder and his wife Peggy of Greenwich, Connecticut, and their daughter Kathleen "Katie" Rose Nedder; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. A brother, George T. Nedder, pre-deceased him.
He was born in Boston on Monday, May 16, 1927, son of Abraham G. and Lily (Thomas) Nedder, and grew up in the Readville section of Hyde Park, Massachusetts. Growing up in Boston he would later move to Yonkers and Hartsdale, New York, eventually settling in West Boylston in 1965. He graduated from Boston English High School, and the former Staley College in Boston; an honorary degree was conferred upon him by Assumption College in Worcester in 1985. He served in the United States Navy, during World War II.
He was the President and Partner of Knapp Shoes from 1986 until 1989; he previously spent much of his career with Melville Corporation, serving in the Thom McAn division as President from 1981 to 1983; before starting his own business, Marketing Sales Management. He began his career as a salesman for Thom McAn in a downtown Boston store in 1944, working his way up the corporate ladder through a series of field and management positions, including Senior Vice President and General Manager. He has also been President for Miles Shoe, another division of Melville, from 1971 to 1974.
Mr. Nedder was a tireless community leader, spending much of his time volunteering to help those less fortunate. He served as President and Chairman of the Board of Big Brothers of Worcester, President and a Director of Worcester Area Chamber of Commerce, A Board Member of "Come Alive" Youth Homes, Administrative Chairman of the Girl Scouts capital fund drive, and was on the Board of the Campfire Girls. In 1974 he served as Chairman of the United Way in Worcester.
His association and work on behalf of Saint Jude began when the Worcester Chapter requested his help. Although he knew little of Saint Jude, knowing only that the foundation was devoted to children, he answered the call. He served Saint Jude in various advisory and leadership capacities within the organization, including serving as Chairman for the Saint Jude Telethon in 1980.
Richard was a founding member of the Massachusetts Traditional Jazz Club and was Chairman. He was included in the 1954 Who's Who Among American Colleges and Universities, and was a member of the Knights of Columbus. He was a Trustee and Member of the Board of Investments at Consumer Savings Bank and a member and served on the Board of Advisors Deichman Schuhe, Essen, Germany.
A funeral service for Richard will be held Friday, February 9, 2007 at 11 a.m. in Our Lady of The Cedars of Lebanon Church, 61 Rockwood Street, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts. Interment will follow in Forest Hills Cemetery, Jamaica Plain. Calling hours will be held Thursday, February 8, from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. in MERCADANTE FUNERAL HOME & CHAPEL, 370 Plantation Street, Worcester, Massachusetts, a trisagon service will be held at 7 p.m. in the funeral home, during calling hours. Flowers may be sent or donations may be made to Our Lady of The Cedars of Lebanon Church, 61 Rockwood Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130.