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Richard James Sliney
July 23, 1947 ~ December 27, 2023 (age 76) 76 Years Old
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Richard J. Sliney, born July 23, 1947, passed away on December 27, 2023 at the age of 76 years old.
Born to James and Ruth Sliney in Mont Vernon, NH, Richard was always very proud of the Chicken Farm he was raised on, sharing stories about it into his final days. At 18 years old, Richard enlisted in the Air Force where he was a morse code copier in the mountains of Turkey. He often quipped that they promised to teach him a new language; he never imagined they meant morse code.
In 1989, Richard married Kimberly (Effgen) Sliney. The two eventually settled in Belmont, MA with their daughter Jenn. Richard greatly enjoyed being a parent and was always a patient teacher and loving friend.
Richard struggled with glaucoma and also had Parkinson’s Disease. He never let these difficulties overtake him. In 2017, Richard attended a Dance With Parkinson’s therapy program led by local company, Urbanity Dance. He felt that they were destined for more and that there was no reason that those of them dancing for therapeutic purposes, didn’t also deserve the glow of stage lights and the thrill of an audience. Working with lead ballerina, Betsy and speech therapist/vocal coach, Krystal of Powers Music School, Richard developed the persona of “The Parkinsons Song and Dance Man”. He produced Youtube videos, gave a one-man show performance at Belmont Senior Center, and even took the stage with his wife at the Hatch Shell on the Charles River.
Richard will always be remembered for his sharp wit, creative storytelling, and steadfast perseverance through all of life’s obstacles. He is survived by his wife, Kimberly Sliney, his sister, Mary Sliney, his daughter Jenn (Sliney) Smith and her husband Matt. He is also deeply missed by his cat Winston, and his dear friend of 50 years, Chicken Joe.
A funeral service will be held on Saturday February 10th at 10am at Brown and Hickey, 36 Trapelo Road, Belmont. The burial will be in the Belmont Cemetery 121 Grove Street Belmont. Followed by reception at the VFA 310 Trapelo Road, Belmont.
In lieu of flowers, kindly consider making a donation in Richard’s honor to Urbanity Dance, www.urbanitydance.org/donate. The light and joy they added to Richard’s final years were a gift beyond measure.