Richard C. “Ricky” Gifford

Richard C. “Ricky” Gifford, 67, of Wareham, died Saturday, January 23, 2021 at his home unexpectedly. He was the husband of Paula F. (Towne) Gifford.

            Born in Wareham, the son of the late Carlton Chace Gifford and Beatrice (Jacobson) Wilson, he graduated from Old Rochester Regional High School, Class of 1974. Mr. Gifford was a wholesale accounts representative for Advance Auto Parts for 30 years.

            Along with his brother Robert, Mr. Gifford co-owned Gifford Brothers Racing.  Together, they raced their late model car at Seekonk Speedway, New Hampshire Motor Speedway and many other racetracks throughout New England.

            He is survived by his wife, Paula of Wareham; his children, Becky Gifford of Wareham and Christopher Gifford of Harmony, NC; his brothers, Robert J. Gifford and James Gifford both of Wareham; his sisters, Andrea Wetmore of Stuart, FL, Diane Perkins of Marion, Carla Caplin of Cherryfield, ME, and Lisa Perez of Hialeah, FL; his step-brother, Ricky Bessom of East St. Johnsbury, VT; his grandchildren, Chase, Caileen and Carly Colon and Willow Gifford; and many nieces and nephews.

            Relatives and friends are invited to visit on Thursday, Jan. 28th at the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 2599 Cranberry Hwy. (Rt. 28), Wareham from 5 – 7 pm. Appropriate COVID-19 protocol will be observed including the use of face masks, social distancing and wait times in line due to temporary limited capacity. Those attending will be asked to pay their respects and depart to allow the next guests to enter the funeral home. Funeral services and burial on Friday will be private.

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