Former Agawam town clerk, now Springfield teacher honored as Hometown Hero

Hampden County

Fulfilling a lifelong dream in retirement is something few of us ever realize, and to earn the honor of Hometown Hero that accomplishment is truly remarkable.

When 66-year-old Richard Theroux stepped down after more than 30 years as Agawam Town Clerk, he quickly embraced his first love; education. He teaches at Springfield’s High School of Commerce.

“You have to like them. You have to want to help them, and you want to be involved with them and I always did,” he told 22News.

Former students who’ve moved on with their lives haven’t forgotten the teacher who helped provide them with direction and faith in themselves. Several nominated Richard Theroux as a Hometown Hero, their hero.

Richard said he recalls one young man in particular, “He was in Texas, in Austin, now in Florida going to be deployed shortly. I went to the recruiter with him, talked about his opportunities there.”

There’s nothing magical about gaining trust and impacting young people to find their direction in life says Richard Theroux. “You ask how they are, how you doing in there? How’s school, how’s sports? How’s your day going?”

Richard Theroux has a confession to make along with the pride of helping young people achieve their dreams, he’s had a delightful time being a positive influence.

“They make me laugh, I go to a basketball game, they make me laugh, we go to the Red Rose for pizza, they’re kids and you give them attention,” Theroux detailed. “That’s all there is, there’s no magic formula.”

On the morning of March 21st, the Western Massachusetts Red Cross will honor Richard Theroux as a Hometown Hero.

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