Richard A. Helger, 70, Tiverton

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Richard A. Helger, 70, of Tiverton, passed away on Tuesday, March 21, 2017, at Rhode Island Hospital. He was the son of the late Henry R. and Gladys E. (Sherman) Helger, Sr.

Mr. Helger was born in Fall River and had been a lifelong resident of Tiverton. He served his country in the National Guard during the Vietnam War.

He owned and operated a local service station in Tiverton but his passion was working as a commercial shellfisherman. He enjoyed spending time on the water, especially his trips to Block Island. In his later years, Mr. Helger enjoyed working in his garage restoring just about anything.

Survivors include his daughter, Heidi M. Helger of Tiverton; two brothers, Henry R. “Ray” Helger, Jr. of Little Compton and Donald M. Helger of Tiverton; his sister, Barbara A. Helger of Tiverton; two granddaughters, Haley L. and Chelsey A. Helger; along with several nieces and nephews.

He was the brother of the late Robert G. Helger, Sr.

His funeral service, to which relatives and friends are invited, will be Saturday, March 25, at the Potter Funeral Home, 81 Reed Rd., Westport, at 10 a.m.

Visitation will be Saturday at the funeral home from 8:30-10 a.m., prior to the service.

Interment will be in Hillside Cemetery, Tiverton.

Flowers are acceptable or memorial donations may be made to the Potter League for Animals, P.O. Box 412, Newport, RI 02840.

For directions or to sign the online guestbook, please visit www.potterfuneralservice.com.

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