Richard D. Hurley

  • Born: May 3, 1941
  • Died: May 17, 2021
  • Location: Westwood, Massachusetts

Holden, Dunn & Lawler Funeral Home

55 High Rock St
Westwood, MA 02090
Tel. (781) 326-0074

Tribute & Message From The Family

Hurley, Richard D. of Westwood, MA, loving husband of Ellen Marie (Daly) Hurley, passed away peacefully on May 17, 2021. Born on May 3, 1941 to Joseph and Ruth Hurley, Richard grew up in Hyde Park, MA and worked in a soda shop where he met his wife Ellen. After earning his degree in Law Enforcement from Northeastern University, Richard, or "Dick" as he was referred to by many, joined the Westwood Police Department in 1970 as a Patrolman. In 1980, Dick was promoted to Sergeant and during his time in Westwood was one of the founding members of the Police Explorers Program. In 1989, Dick became Chief of the Medfield Police Department. He served the Medfield Police Department and community for 16 years before retiring in 2005. Among many other things, Chief Hurley had greatly expanded and improved communications and cooperation between the police and the school department in Medfield. Chief Hurley was also a founding member of the Norfolk County Chief of Police Association, serving as Secretary-Treasurer since its inception in 1994. In his retirement, Dick continued as a member of the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association and Program Coordinator at the South Suburban Police Institute in Foxboro. Further into his retirement, Dick enjoyed cooking, traveling, and spending time with his wife, daughter, and granddaughters. He was a licensed pilot and very much enjoyed flying Cessna's out of Norwood Airport.

In addition to his beloved wife of 58 years, Ellen, he was the loving father of Jennifer Hurley of Needham and the late John Patrick Hurley, and "Pa" to Mariah and Gabrielle Hurley of Westwood. Richard is survived by his sister Ruth Kamens of Norton and is preceded in death by his sister Gertrude Leen of Hingham, his brothers Daniel Hurley of Hyde Park and James Hurley of South Weymouth and sister Jean Noris of Randolph. He was the brother-in-law to Carole Narciso of Norwood and the late John Narciso, Jr. Richard is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Richard was a member of the Army National Guard from 1961 to 1967.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend Visiting Hours in Saint Margaret Mary Church, 845 High St., Westwood on Thursday May 20th from 3-7pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Saint Margaret Mary Church on Friday morning May 21st at 10am. Interment at New Westwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to be made in Richard's memory Cops for Kids with Cancer in Braintree, MA .


Condolence & Memory Journal

Dear Ellen,
I want to express my condolences to you and your family upon Richard's passing. He was always a friendly presence to me when I worked in the Westwood Town Hall. It was a bit of a jolt to see his notice in the newspaper. I recognized his photo before I saw the name. Marie and I wish you and your family well.

Posted by Peter Levenson - Acquaintance   May 27, 2021

Sad day...I am very sorry and saddened to hear of Richie’s passing. Richie was the perfect example of what someone would interpret what a good cop should be, smart, compassionate and caring. Richie was loved and highly respected within the Dept. He always went out of his way to help someone. I will always miss working with him. There should be a memorial statue of him put up as he deserved it. RIP my friend and my condolences to Ellen and family...

Posted by Jeff Hosking - Coworker   May 20, 2021

I was one of 3 Medfield Selectmen to appoint Dick to the position of chief of the Medfield Police Department. I liked Dick very much as a person and as chief and think he did a great job serving in that capacity. I am both stunned and saddened to learn of his passing. Please accept my very sincere c ondolences.

Posted by Harry Pritoni - Friend   May 20, 2021

To a good man and a good life long friend RIP.
You and your family are in our prayers.

Posted by Chief George DiBlasi (ret) - Friend   May 20, 2021

A truly kind and humble man from an extraordinary family. Many loving memories... Judy

Posted by Judy Johsnon - Family   May 19, 2021

I'm very sorry to hear of his passing. I remember him throughout my youth in Westwood as a great part of the community and well-regarded. Rest in peace. Karen

Posted by Karen McCafferty - Acquaintance   May 19, 2021

To Ellen,Jennifer and family,
Richard(brother in law-uncle)he was a loving,thoughtful,careing man and we will miss him greatly! Rest In Peace

Posted by Dora,Denise,Robert and Samantha Hurley,Babiaza - Readville, MA - Family   May 19, 2021

Dear Ellen and family, I am so saddened to hear of Chief Hurley's passing. It was an honor and a pleasure to work with and for him for all those years. He was a class act and led us with honor and dignity. Unfortunately I will be away and unable to attend his services but you are in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless. I learned so much from him in my Police career and that will always stay with me. Rest In Peace Chief, and thanks so much for the memories.

Posted by Dana Friend - Franklin, MA - Coworker   May 19, 2021

Richard leaves a legacy of an honest personable upstanding man.Always ready to lend a hand. He will be sorely missed.

Posted by Maryanne Cote - Whitman, MA - Family   May 19, 2021

Mrs Hurley and family
Chief Hurley was my idol. I was one of the first members of the Police Explorer Post in Westwood. It is because of Chief Hurley that I made law enforcement a career, and a career I love as much as he did. He was an amazing man, and I will keep him and his entire family in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Curt Bigelow - Orlando, FL - Friend   May 18, 2021