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Daughters of Somerville officer who died in crash remember him as ‘person of honor’

Somerville Police Department Officer Louis Remigio, center.
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Somerville Police Department Officer Louis Remigio, center.

The grieving daughters of Somerville police Officer Louis Remigio, who died after his motorcycle was struck over the weekend by a teenager racing a Mercedes in New Hampshire, remembered him Thursday as “a role model in every way” who was “humble (and) dedicated.”

Danielle and Alexandra Remigio shared their remembrances during an afternoon news conference outside George L. Doherty Funeral Service in Somerville, where a wake was being held for their father. A police official read their written remarks, while the two young women looked on. They did not take questions from reporters.

“For 30 years, he tirelessly worked 60 to 80-hour weeks until the day he was taken from us,” they said, adding that he called them every night and made sure to attend their youth sporting events, even making time to coach some of their teams.

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“He did it to give us stability” and instill in them the value of hard work, the siblings said.

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They said he also enjoyed spending time with his nieces and nephews and, after his wife died last year, “he worked harder to make sure all our traditions were kept.”

The women said their father “knew his place in the world, and that it included him working to better his community, one interaction at a time. ... He had a big laugh, a bigger handshake, the largest of hugs, and positive energy that could lift anyone’s spirits.”

Remigio, 55, was off-duty and operating a red 2003 Harley Davidson on Interstate 95 South in North Hampton, N.H. around 9:26 a.m. Sunday, when he was struck head-on by a 2013 Mercedes-Benz C300 whose driver, Michael Ricci, 18, of Burlington, crossed over from the northbound lanes, according to New Hampshire State Police.

He currently faces a criminal charge in New Hampshire of reckless conduct while driving.

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On Wednesday, Ricci was taken to Lowell Juvenile Court wearing the handcuffs Remigio carried on the job, police have said. He appeared in the Lowell court for violating terms of bail imposed in a separate case.

Ricci’s arraignment in New Hampshire is slated for Oct. 20 in Rockingham County Superior Court, and he could face new charges connected to Remigio’s death, according to law enforcement officials.

On Thursday, Remigio’s daughters made no direct mention of the man charged with causing their father’s death. Instead they kept the focus squarely on the memory of their loved one, a 30-year-veteran of the Somerville force.

“We want our father to be remembered as a professional,” they said. “And a person of honor.”

A funeral Mass is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday at St. Clement Church in Somerville.

Emily Sweeney and John R. Ellement of the Globe Staff contributed to this report. Travis Andersen can be reached at travis.andersen@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @TAGlobe.