Richard William Marx, 68

Apr 12, 2019

Richard William Marx of Marion, known to friends as “Rich,” passed away unexpectedly at the age of 68 on April 1, while on a family vacation in Turks and Caicos.

Rich is survived by his wife of 43 years, Kathleen (Dougherty) Marx; daughter Lauren M. Fleming and her husband Bill; son Richard J. Marx and his wife Leslie; as well as his beloved grandchildren, Libby M. Fleming and Ellis J. Marx. He is also survived by his mother Elsie M. Marx, brothers Jack and Robert, a large extended family, and numerous friends.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Rich graduated from Northeast High School. He went on to earn his electrical engineering degree from Penn State University. He then served his country as a member of the Army National Guard for six years. As he started a successful career in software engineering, he completed a master’s in systems engineering from Widener University and business management studies at Harvard University.

In 1982, Rich's career and love for the water brought him to Marion, where he built a home for his growing family. He was happiest sharing time on his boat with family and friends. When Rich wasn't sailing, you would find him using his skills to help with one of the many projects he took on at home or in the community.

A memorial service will be held on April 27, at 2 p.m. at Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home For Funerals, 50 County Rd., Mattapoisett. His family will receive guests from 1  to 2 p.m. prior to his service. Donations in Rich’s honor may be made to part of the National Blood Clot Alliance. For directions and guestbook, please visit