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Richard "Buzz" Buzzell

August 15, 1929 — December 25, 2020

Richard Harold Buzzell, 91, of Effingham, NH and formerly of Stow, MA, died peacefully on Christmas Morning, December 25, 2020 at Coos County Nursing Home in Berlin. Richard was born in Framingham, MA on August 15, 1929 the son of the late Harold and Lela (Jackson) Buzzell. Richard, fondly known as “Buzz” by his family and friends, worked as an auto mechanic for many years in the Stow area. Later he worked as a Janitor at a local elementary school.

Buzz and his wife “Hydie” raised their family in Stow, MA. He loved his family and they were always his first priority. He enjoyed traveling, camping, church and town activities (including Scouts and Civic Club) and square dancing. Many family members settled in the Colorado area. In his retirement, Buzz and Hydie traveled the back roads back and forth to Colorado for lengthy visits, staying at “their place” to be near family.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years Willena “Hydie” (Peck) Buzzell of Effingham, NH; his 5 children, Nancy Murphy and husband Dennis of Berlin, NH, James Buzzell and wife Peg of Grand Junction, CO, Daniel Buzzell and wife Patricia of Paonia, CO, Edward Buzzell of Northfield, NH and Shirley Pershall and husband Clint of Rifle, CO; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren; a brother William Buzzell and his wife Marge; brothers-in-law Charles Burr, John Peck, Pete Rekemeyer and sisters-in-law Eleanor Rekemeyer and Arlene Peck; many cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents, a sister Norma Burr, and four infant children. The loss of his infant children lead to many years of working with agencies of foster care and adoption.

At Richard’s request, there will be no services. Those who wish may make donations in his memory to Children’s Friend – Adoption and Family Services, 505 Pleasant Street, Worcester, MA 01609 (online at or to Water Village Community Church, 370 Water Village Road, Ossipee, NH 03864. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Bryant Funeral Homes, Berlin & Gorham, NH. Memories and messages of condolence may be shared online at

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