Richard “Dick” Jacques, of Biddeford, passed away peacefully at Maine Medical Center on April 10, 2022. He was 86.
Richard was born in Biddeford on March 21, 1936, the son of Raoul and Annabelle (Boisvert) Jacques. Richard graduated from St. Louis High School as a member of the class of 1955. He attended Memphis State University on a football scholarship. He then transferred to St. Francis College, where he graduated in 1960. While at St. Francis, he married his high school sweetheart, JoAnn Boissonneault. They would be the love of each other’s life for the next 63 years.
After graduating, Richard returned to St. Louis High School where he taught English and coached football and basketball. In anticipation of St. Louis closing, Richard took a teaching job at Biddeford High School where he was an assistant coach for the 1967 BHS state champion football team. He later taught English and was head of the French department at Sanford High School, where he also served as head football coach.
Richard was a member of the Biddeford School Board which built the addition to Biddeford Secondary School in 1971. He had a heart for public service and took great pride in supporting and promoting state and national candidates , including as a campaign manager for Sen. George Mitchell and President Jimmy Carter. Richard was a longtime member of the Arundel Yacht Club in Kennebunkport and a member of the Knights of Columbus, Fourth Degree.
In 1970, Richard and JoAnn acquired the Clam Shack in Kennebunkport, then bought the Shackford and Gooch Fish Market, which became Clam Shack Seafoods. They operated the Clam Shack for over 30 years. During their ownership, the Clam Shack has grown from a small roadside take-out fast food stand to a widely recognized and honored seafood destination. The Clam Shack has received many accolades, including being featured in enjoy your food magazine – the first fast food restaurant to be so honored. More importantly for Richard, his clients have become his friends.
Richard was truly, as a friend noted, “The best of the best. He demanded respect for his actions rather than his words. He was a fierce protector of loved ones and a great soul that people flocked to because he made them feel comfortable and loved. When you first met Richard he treated you kindly and made you feel like family…although on occasion he might not remember your name!
His greatest accomplishment has come from being an incredible husband, father, grandfather, and most recently, great-grandfather. Richard and JoAnn had four children, Keith Jacques and his wife Kathleen of Saco, Deacon Kevin Jacques and his wife Aline of Biddeford, Karen Jacques (deceased) and Kenneth Jacques of Alfred. “Pappy” or “Pepere” was the grandfather of Davis Jacques, Joshua Jacques (wife Kylie), Alex Jacques, Zachariah Jacques (wife Katarina) and Karen Jacques. Recently, Richard enjoyed the newest addition to the family, great-grandchild Silas Jacques, whom he affectionately called “my baby”.
Richard and JoAnn rarely missed the opportunity to attend and support their children and grandchildren at sporting, school and family events. Richard will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
Richard was predeceased by his daughter Karen and his parents Raoul and Annabelle Jacques.
Besides his sons and their families, he is survived by his beloved wife JoAnn Jacques of Biddeford, his brother Ralph Jacques and his wife Charlotte of Biddeford, his brother Raymond Jacques and his wife Judy of Kennebunk, as well as his brother-in-law Michael Boissonneault and his wife Dona. of Acton. He is also survived by many cherished nieces and nephews.
Richard and his family would like to thank Dr. John Vella and his staff not only for their exceptional medical care, compassion and support, but also for becoming like family after Richard’s kidney transplant in 2010.
Visiting hours will be 4 to 7 p.m. on Monday, April 18, 2022 at the Chapel of Cote Funeral Home, 87 James Street, Saco. Given the current circumstances, the family asks that you please wear a mask during visiting hours. A Christian burial mass will be celebrated at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, April 19, 2022, at St. Joseph’s Church in Biddeford. Interment will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery in Biddeford.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Richard’s memory to the National Kidney Foundation at kidney.org or 30 East 33rd St., New York, NY 10016.
To view Richard’s memorial page or leave a condolence online, please visit www.cotefuneralhome.com.