Richard Thomas Aubuchon died on July 15, 2020. He is survived by his beloved wife Rosalie, his children Lisa and Paul Andre Aubuchon, their spouses Peter Pestalozzi and Kelley Aubuchon, and his grandchildren Kimberly and Melissa Pestalozzi and Amanda and Joseph Pierre Aubuchon. He was born on November 9, 1935 in St. Louis, Missouri, and moved with his parents to Phoenix in 1949. He graduated from Whittier Elementary School and North Phoenix High School. He enjoyed playing baseball and basketball for the school and received various honors. He attended the University of Arizona for two years and then after transferring to San Luis Ray College in California, received his B.A. Degree. He was subsequently employed as a probation officer for the Maricopa County Juvenile Court where he remained until entering Arizona State University College of Law. He received his Juris Doctor degree in 1972 and had a private law practice until 1981 when he was appointed Superior Court Commissioner and assigned to Juvenile Court. He remained there for eighteen years before retiring in 1999. He had a full and satisfying life, spending much time with his wonderful family and thoroughly enjoying traveling from Hawaii to Turkey with his best friends. He was always extremely proud of his children and their spouses, enjoying their accomplishments and their company. He was also very proud of his grandchildren and had great faith believing that their futures will be happy and successful. He was deeply loved by his family and will be sorely missed. May he rest in peace.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, July 23, 2020 from 1:00 pm-4:00 pm at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 East Indian School Road, Phoenix, Arizona 85018. A remembrance and mass will take place on Friday, July 24, 2020, beginning at 10:15 am at St. Theresa Catholic Church, 5045 East Thomas Road, Phoenix, Arizona 85018. Burial will follow at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, 2033 North 48th Street, Phoenix, Arizona 85008.
Contributions may be made in his name to the ALS Association.
Dave and I are so saddened to hear about Richard. Ro, if there is anything we can do, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. Because of the Corona Virus, we are not socializing with large groups of people. Dave’s health is compromised so we are being very cautious. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time.
Alice and Dave Wells
Dear Lisa and Aubuchon Family-
I am deeply saddened by the loss of your Father / Husband. It’s is unfortunate things did not turn out for the better. Although I never met your Father, I can tell from the photo he was a very upright man, and you were blessed to have such a Father.
Dear Ro and family, Steven and I wish you our deepest sympathy for the loss of your sweet husband, father, grandfather, Dick. We loved him, and you Ro, and are so, so sorry. Dick was such a wonderful friend, and his passing is just hard to believe. What a wonderful, caring and funny man. He will be so deeply missed, but remembered for all the good he has done for the children and families through his work with the Juvenile Court. We feel that he and you Ro, are such wonderful role models for a deep and loving long marriage, and for raising such great children, who have also contributed meaningful to the lives of others.
I hope to be at the funeral home to see you and to offer prayers for Dick and for your entire family. Love, Mary Verdier and Steven Feola
Richard A Blackwood
Dick and I share a name, and share an amazing family. I greatly admired him. He was a wonderful man and he will be sorely missed but never forgotten. We love you Dick
I miss you Papa. Sometimes I come and read this over and over again to feel closer to you. I love you so much. I know we will be together again one day.