For 22 years, the late Dr. Nicole Rickard has worked passionately to ensure that pets stopping at Chase Farm Veterinary Hospital receive the best possible care.
“No one, whatever their situation, was worth worrying about,” recalls his colleague, Dr Jean Pitcairn. “Its lasting impact on our lives and hearts cannot be fully put into words.”
Rickard passed away suddenly on April 10, 2020, in her house in Marion. She was 47 years old.
“It’s hard to imagine it’s been 18 months,” Pitcairn said. “It’s still pretty tough – I keep thinking that she’s on the longest vacation of her life.”
To honor his memory, colleagues, clients and pets filled the parking lot of the animal hospital on Sunday, September 19 to remember his dedication to helping animals, as well as having their four-legged companions blessed. in honor of Rickard.
“That’s what she would have wanted,” said Diane Gilbert, who brought her cats to see Rickard. “She was absolutely wonderful – she made people feel that their [pet] was the most important.
The ceremony began with a prayer from Saint Francis – the patron saint of animals – followed by some reflections from Pitcairn and Rickard’s husband, David Lempert.
“She enjoyed it so much that you all let her be part of your family,” Lempert said. “And that’s why she did it, that’s all she wanted and it was wonderful.”
He said he was delighted to see so many customers, but that he wasn’t too surprised. He noted that community support “has been overwhelming” since Rickard’s passing, adding that customers continue to send letters of sympathy and fond memories.
“It’s always such a cool thing to see how one person can mean so much to so many others,” Lempert said.
With her husband, Rickard is survived by her two children Shanely Lempert, 10, and Callum Lempert, 8.
The Nicole Rickard Memorial Fund was established after her death to support Rickard’s husband and two children. Donations can be made to the Bay Coast Bank ℅ Nicole Rickard Memorial Fund, 330 Swansea Mall Drive, Swansea, MA. 02777.