Richard Dick A. Bard, died at home, with his family by his side on August 10, 2013 after fighting a courageous battle with cancer-he was 78 years old. Dick was born on May 26, 1935 in Fort Kent, Maine the son of Sam and Elsie Collins Bard. He moved to Waterville in 1951 and graduated from Waterville High School in 1953. While attending Waterville High, he met the true love of his life, Anna Drost. They recently celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary. Dick and his beloved wife Anna settled in Winslow in 1960, in the same house that they currently live in. They raised two sons, Dan and John, welcomed two daughters-in-laws into the family , Helen and Kathi, and spoiled three grandchildren; Sarah, Hannah and Aaron. Anyone who ventured into his office would have no doubt about his pride for his grandchildren, as the walls were covered with pictures, and news clippings of them all. There are so many people that Dick cared for, and who cared for him. He will be particularly missed for his quick wit and charm. Dick relished the company of his neighbors on Monica Avenue, families of the companies he worked for , folks that he played bingo with, his brothers and sisters, and his numerous nieces, nephews and cousins who he breakfasted with on the first Sunday of every month. In addition to his love of family and friends, Dick loved all kinds of new cars, used cars, pick-ups and convertibles. He loved them all. He loved to shop for them, loved to drive them and loved to wash them. If it had anything to do with a car, he was always ready and willing. No matter if he just bought a car today, it would be fun to go look at another one tomorrow. When Nana would say, "we don't need any more cars", he would take her shopping for cars for his sons and grandchildren. Dick worked in construction for all of his adult life, and was well known for abilities throughout the construction community. Dick worked for several contractors during the course of his career, most recently and enjoyably for Central Maine Drywall in Manchester. He was recognized by many of his friends for being in the passing lane on his daily commute down I-95, cruising happily along at 45 mph. Work was fun for Dick and he viewed many of the people that he worked with, and for, as his true friends. Dick never retired, and worked up to the day that his illness was diagnosed. In conversations with Dick, it would seem that he knew every building in the state of Maine, and either was involved in its construction or knew someone who was. Dick was a member of the Corpus Christi Parish, a former member of the Board of Directors of Seton Village, a member of the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks #905, and an avid worker at VFW in Winslow Bingo Program. He was predeceased by his parents, Sam and Elsie Bard, his brothers, Phil, Bob and Patrick, as well as his in-laws, Pappy, Mammy and Tauntie. He is survived by his beloved wife Anna, a son John and his wife Kathi and their son Aaron, a son Dan and his wife Helen, their daughters Sarah and Hannah, his sisters, Jackie Veronese and Arlene Mailloux, as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. Dick and his family want to acknowledge the wonderful care he received from Dr. David Preston, Debbie Hutchins, Dr. Andrew Hertler, Debbie Bowden, Michelle Dixon, Tasha Ritter and all the fine staff at both the Cancer Center, Maine General Medical Center, and Maine General Hospice. There will be no public visitation. A mass of Christian Burial will be held at 9 a.m. Friday August 16, 2013 at St. John the Baptist Church, Monument Street in Winslow with committal prayers and burial following in St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, Grove Street in Waterville. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in his memory to the Harold Alfond Cancer Center P.O. Box 828 Waterville, Maine 04903 If there weren't before, there must be now, slot machines and car dealerships in heaven. Arrangements were made with Gallant Funeral Home 10 Elm Street Waterville, Maine.