WILMINGTON, MA — It is with great sadness in our hearts that we announce the passing of Richard T. Holahan who succumbed to a courageous battle with cancer on May 7, 2019. He passed peacefully with his loving family by his side.
Richard was born in Arlington, Massachusetts on August 4, 1932 and grew up in Medford, Massachusetts where he graduated from Medford High School. He loved playing baseball and excelled at every level of the sport. The Oakland Athletics convinced Richard to sign a contract with them; however, he decided that his true “calling” was to follow in his father’s footsteps by serving his country.
Richard entered the Korean War when he was 18 years of age. He stepped on that foreign soil as a boy. He returned home a man and a hero.
After his honorable discharge he worked for Brinks, Incorporated and later decided that his selfless service should continue. Richard joined the Medford Fire Department in 1962 and served with this brotherhood until his retirement in 1992.
Richard was predeceased by his mother Lillian J. Johnson, father George T. Holahan from Medford, Massachusetts and his brother George T. Holahan. Richard was the beloved husband of Barbara (Edgerly) Holahan of Wilmington, Massachusetts. Father and Step-Father to daughter, Colleen E. (Dowd) Murphy and husband Dennis from Londonderry, New Hampshire, Son Richard T. Dowd and wife Gwen from Fairfax, California, Daughter Kimberley A. (Dowd) Taulbee and husband Roger from Londonderry, New Hampshire and Daughter Kirsten Holahan from Wilmington, Massachusetts. Richard was also the grandfather and “Papa” to Tanya Lee Taulbee, Zachary Taulbee, Kevin Murphy, Emily Mae Murphy, Paris Dowd, Camden Dowd and Benjamin Frederick Holahan Banks who was his pride and joy, favorite boy and best form of medicine.
Richard also loved his 4-legged companion of 12 years, Sofie (Curly), who passed away on November 18, 2018.
Richard was a Loving, Dapper, Handsome, Strong, Unselfish, Funny, Kind and Caring Son, Brother, Husband, Hero, Father, Papa and Friend.
He enjoyed spending time in Maine with his Forever Love and Beautiful wife Barbara.
He loved woodworking, Painting, time in the sun, working in the yarf, listening to music and being with his dog.
Rest with Peace my beloved father …
Fly, Fly, Do not Fear,
Don’t waste another breath and don’t shed another tear . . .
Fly, Fly, the moment is right,
Go now and find the light . . .
Fly, Fly, to the sky, past the planets to the stars
Leave this crazy world of ours . . .
Escape your sorrow, with no more pain,
Beyond the hands of time, with no more reason, and no more rhyme . . .
now that your soul is pure and free, Please do not Worry . . .
As time goes by we will miss your more – wait for us at heaven’s door . . .
The sun will rise, the sun will set but it’s you I won’t forget . . .
Love you so very much
Your sense of humor and Superman Strength is unsurpassed . . .
Our love for you will forever last . . . K.H
“Better Days are Coming”
Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA, on Wednesday, May 15th for Visitation from 10:00-11:00 a.m. immediately followed by a Service at 11:00 a.m. Interment with Military Honors will follow in the Veteran’s Section of Wildwood Cemetery in Wilmington.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Richard’s memory may be made to Local Heroes, Inc., P. O. Box 536, Wilmington, MA 01887.
(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)
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