Remembering Richard Bemis
Photo courtesy of Bemis Farms Nursery

Remembering Richard Bemis

The founder of Bemis Farms Nursery and past president of the Massachusetts Nursery & Landscape Association was 91.


Richard “Dick” Whittemore Bemis,91, died Saturday, Oct. 12 after a valiant struggle against Alzheimer’s Disease. Son of Roger E. Bemis and Helen (Hobbs) Bemis, he was born in the family farmhouse in Spencer, Massachusetts and died next door.

in 1947 at the age of 18, he founded Bemis Farms Nursery in Spencer, Mass. He served as president of the Massachusetts Nursery & Landscape Association, and was active in other local, regional, and national horticultural groups.

Bemis is survived by his loving wife Marjorie (Olson) Bemis; sons Edward & his wife Tina and Gregory; a grandson Carter all of Spencer; a sister Dorothy and her companion Pat Hayes of Florida ; many nieces & nephews and grandnieces & grandnephews. He is predeceased by a son Mark and siblings Warren, Betty McCord and Barbara McCarthy.

Friends and family are invited to attend calling hours on Friday, Oct. 18 from 4-7 p.m. in Pillsbury Funeral Home 163 Main St. in Spencer. The funeral will be held on Saturday, Oct. 19 at 11 a.m. in the funeral home. Flowers may be sent, or memorial donations made to the Mark Bemis Memorial Scholarship at Becker College.

Read the full obituary here.