Obituary of Richard R. Forsyth

RICHARD R. FORSYTH- of Woburn, Nov. 25th, 83 yrs. of age, Lahey Clinic, Burlington. Beloved husband of Jane (Larsen) Forsyth. Devoted father of Michael Forsyth, wife Martha of Exeter, NH, Maren Forsyth and Alex Scangas of Wilmington, Grayson Forsyth of Woburn, Catherine Callaghan and Tim of Wakefield. Loving "Grampy" of six cherished grandchildren. Dear brother of Mary Jean Huntly, late husband Robert of York, ME and the late Grayson Forsyth and Dorothy Fish. Adoring son of the late Grayson and Mary (Lingley) Forsyth. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, Friday, December 1st,at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony’s Church, 851 Main Street, Woburn at 10. Interment in Pine Grove Cemetery, Falmouth, Maine, at the convenience of the family. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to call at the funeral home Thursday, November 30th from 3-7 p.m. Remembrances may be made in Richard's name to the Eastport Arts Center 36 Washington Street, Eastport, Maine 04631. For directions or to leave an online condolence, please visit www.lynch-cantillon.com or Facebook under Lynch – Cantillon Funeral Home.

OBITUARY

Richard R. Forsyth 83, passed away peacefully on November 25, 2017, surrounded by his family.

Richard was the son of the late Grayson and Mary (Lingley) Forsyth and the beloved husband of Jane (Larsen) Forsyth with whom he shared 58 years of marriage. Devoted father of Michael Forsyth and his wife Martha of Exeter, NH, Maren Forsyth and her husband Alex Scangas of Wilmington, Grayson Forsyth of Woburn, and Catherine Callaghan and her husband Tim of Wakefield. Loving “Grampy” of six cherished grandchildren, Maren, Richard, John, Matthew, Thomas and Shannon.

Born in Eastport, Maine, Richard graduated from Shead Memorial High School in 1952 and the University of Maine at Orono in 1956 with a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. Following graduation, he worked at the Texaco Corporation in Cold Springs, New York and later as a Mechanical Engineer for the Raytheon Corporation.

While attending the University of Maine, he met Jane Larsen. Their relationship began to blossom and in 1959 they were married. For the last 58 years, they made their home in Woburn and brought four wonderful children into the world.

Richard was fun loving and was known for his outgoing personality and storytelling ability. Often during family gatherings he would tell stories of growing up during the depression and his childhood adventures. He always left his audience wanting more.

As a teenager he played baseball and basketball. He was also an avid fan of the Red Sox and read the Boston Globe Sports section everyday just to see how the team made out the night before.

During his spare time, Richard enjoyed gardening and working on landscaping the backyard. He was very proud of this gardens, walkways and patios and could often be found in the early evenings sitting out in the gardens with Jane having a cocktail.

Richard was very involved with his children, whether it was throwing the baseball around in the backyard, shooting hoops, or showing his kids how to use a hammer and nails. He was a talented carpenter and could build or fix anything. Also an amateur photographer, he enjoyed taking landscape photos and was thrilled when he sold a couple.

His favorite place in the world was his hometown of Eastport, Maine. During his life, he traveled there as often as he could and was always his happiest when he got to smell the sea air while looking out over Passamaquoddy Bay. During the last months of his life, he spoke often of returning to Eastport.

He was diagnosed with heart disease in his mid-thirties, and knew that life is short and fragile. He tried to keep a positive outlook on life and felt truly blessed that for the last 83 years he was able to wake up each and every day to be able to enjoy his wife, children and grandchildren. His resilience, loyalty, and commitment were truly admirable. A family man until the end, he will be forever missed and loved.

A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, Friday, December 1st,at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony’s Church, 851 Main Street, Woburn at 10. Interment in Pine Grove Cemetery, Falmouth, Maine, at the convenience of the family. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to call at the funeral home Thursday, November 30th from 3-7 p.m. Remembrances may be made in Richard's name to the Eastport Arts Center 36 Washington Street, Eastport, Maine 04631. For directions or to leave an online condolence, please visit www.lynch-cantillon.com or Facebook under Lynch – Cantillon Funeral Home.