Richard Thompson Fernald of Tucson, Arizona passed away in Tucson on January 27, 2016 of heart complications. Richard was born June 26, 1929 in Exeter, New Hampshire and was the youngest son of Frank Hare and Almena Frances (Wadleigh) Fernald. Richard attended Dover High School in Dover, New Hampshire and post graduate at Dover as well. In 1946 he met Mary Alice Beairsto and they were married in 1948, in Newmarket, New Hampshire. Richard owned and operated several saw mills in New Hampshire until 1957 when he moved his family to California for a short time. In 1958 Richard moved his family back to Nottingham, New Hampshire where he owned and operated a fleet of school busses and became owner and operator of Fernald's Auto Sales and Repair in Lee, New Hampshire. Folks would come from far and wide to have their automobiles serviced by Richard. He also spent several years on the Nottingham School Board and other community activities. He was a well-respected and well liked member of the community. Richard and Mary raised four daughters and when the daughters had all left home a new adventure was started with his wife, Mary, and it was called Fernald's Corner. This was an antique business that they ran for about ten years until they retired to Arizona. Richard was a kind and gentle man, with a quick wit and great sense of humor. He was a loving husband, wonderful father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend. Richard enjoyed spending time with family and friends, but his special time was in the early morning when he and his wife, Mary would sit by the fire place drinking coffee and reminiscing about the "old days". He will be remembered by many for his favorite phrase "by gummy".\n\nRichard is survived by his wife, Mary Alice (Beairsto) Fernald of Arizona; James Bossard and Joann (Fernald) Bossard of Arizona, and her son Clayton McGuirk and Amy Nicholson of New Hampshire and their children; Mary Fernald of South Carolina and her children Nicholas and Olivia MacGrath of Florida and their children and Mary Joy (MacGrath) Marino and David Marino of South Carolina and their children; Richard Joy and Dorothy (Fernald) Joy of New Hampshire and their children, Robert and Karen (Joy) Keys of Louisiana and their daughter, Richard Joy of New Hampshire and Sherrie (Joy) Carter and James Carter of New Hampshire and her daughter; Frank Canning and Karen (Fernald) Canning of New Hampshire and her daughter Katie (McCarty) Sweet and Craig Sweet of New Hampshire.\n\nRichard is also survived by his great grandchildren, Zoe Skye McGuirk, Finlay Nathanial McGuirk, Dexter James McGuirk, Lila Rose McGuirk, Nathan Anthony Marino, Jackson Harris Marino, Logan Elizabeth Marino, McKenzie Selena MacGrath, Isabella Victoria MacGrath, Nicholas Mark MacGrath, Anderson Rutledge MacGrath, Bridget Mitchell and Jenna Keys. Richard is also survived by his older brother Walter Bartlett and Natalie (Holt) Fernald of New Hampshire and many nieces and nephews.\n\nRichard is predeceased by his parents Frank Hare and Almena Frances (Wadleigh) Fernald; his brother Frank Wadleigh and Jessamine (Picott) Fernald; his brother Arthur Thomas and Jean (Malcom) Fernald; his brother Alfred Elwell and Phyllis (Howe) Fernald; his sister Christine Frances (Fernald) and Col. Raymond S. Sleeper; and his brother R. Clayton Fernald.