Richard P. Heffernan, Jr.

December 24, 2005

Richard P. Heffernan, Jr.

RICHARD P. “RICK” HEFFERNAN, JR. – age 52, in Woburn, December 24th. Beloved husband of Nancy J. (Ray) Heffernan. Loving son of Richard P. Heffernan, Sr. of Merrimack, NH and the late Barbara (Leary) Heffernan. Devoted brother of Nancy Veale and her husband Robert of Merrimack, NH, and Thomas Heffernan of Boca Raton, FL. Son-in-law of Martha Ray of Woburn. Brother-in-law of Cathy Donahue and her husband Charlie, Allison Ray and her husband Jody, all of Woburn, and Barbara Charles and her husband Dennis of Merrimack, NH. Beloved uncle of Keith, Nicholas, and Matthew Veale and Daniel and Andrew Charles, all of Merrimack, NH, and Tyler and Alexandra Ray and Christina Donahue, all of Woburn. Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Wednesday, December 28th, at 10:45 a.m. Funeral mass in St. Barbara’s Church, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn, at 11:30. Calling hours Tuesday 4 to 8 p.m. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Donations may be made in Rick’s memory to the Lahey Clinic, c/o Development Office, 41 Mall Road, Burlington, MA 01805.

OBITUARY:

Richard P. “Rick” Heffernan, Jr. of Woburn passed away on Saturday, December 24th, at the Lahey Clinic Medical Center in Burlington following an illness of several months. The husband of Nancy J. (Ray) Heffernan for over twenty-three years, he was fifty-two.

Rick was born in Salem, son of Richard P. Heffernan of Merrimack, New Hampshire and the late Barbara (Leary) Heffernan. He grew up in Danvers and graduated from Danvers High School with the Class of 1971. He continued his education at Northern Essex Community College.

For over thirty years, Rick worked as a produce manager for several different stores. For the past nine years he had been associated with Shaw’s Supermarkets, and most recently was the Assistant Store Manager in the Chestnut Hill location. He worked until this past August, when his health began to fail.

He and his wife Nancy lived in Woburn following their marriage, and later spent several years in Enfield, New Hampshire, before returning to live on Woburn’s West Side ten years ago.

Rick was devoted to his family, and enjoyed traveling to Florida and Bermuda on many occasions. He was also an avid golfer.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Barbara Heffernan.

Surviving in addition to his wife Nancy and his father, Richard P. Heffernan, Sr. of Merrimack, NH, are a sister, Nancy Veale and her husband Robert of Merrimack, NH, and a brother, Thomas Heffernan of Boca Raton, FL.

He was also the son-in-law of Martha Ray of Woburn, brother-in-law of Cathy Donahue and her husband Charlie, Allison Ray and her husband Jody, all of Woburn, and Barbara Charles and her husband Dennis of Merrimack, NH, and beloved uncle of Keith, Nicholas, and Matthew Veale and Daniel and Andrew Charles, all of Merrimack, NH, and Tyler and Alexandra Ray and Christina Donahue, all of Woburn.

The funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Wednesday, December 28th, at 10:45 a.m., followed by a funeral mass in St. Barbara’s Church, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn, at 11:30. Interment will follow in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.

Calling hours at the funeral home are on Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m.

Donations may be made in Rick’s memory to the Lahey Clinic Medical Center, c/o Development Office, 41 Mall Road, Burlington, MA 01805.

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  1. Eleanor Lamont

    I had the privilege of working with Rick at Shaw’s in Brighton. He was a dear, funny, wonderful man with a wicked wit and a fabulous smile. I was always so impressed with the tender and loving way he spoke of his wife. Rick was a hard worker, a caring colleague and true gentleman. He will be missed. God bless his family and friends.

  2. To: The Heffernan family,
    I’m sorry to hear of Rick’s passing & want you to know that he is in my thoughts as each day passes by. He was a good friend of my brothers & he will be sadly missed.
    May Rick’s inner spirit guide you through this unhappy time, for you know if he were here, he would smile & try to lift your spirits high to help you overcome the sadness. Let his memory fulfill your days with happy thoughts & be thankful for every moment you spent with him.
    Go in peace.

  3. Mrs. Patricia M. Muise

    It is with great sadness that I write to Nancy, Rick’s wife & to Rick’s Dad, brother & sister, Nancy. As neighbors in the neighborhood where Rick grew up I remember him entering our home to call for our son, Karl. The boys were great friends and spent many hours in and out of each home. I remember Rick as a serious & dependable son. He was a solid friend & a very hard working young man. He had a good sense of humor and always arrived with a smile for all. As the years passed and the boys became men, they still managed to find time to spend together & share a laugh or two about days gone by. He will always be remembered for the times he visited our home. God bless you all and may God take gentle care of our dear friend Ricky.
    Hugs for you Ricky.

  4. Craig Miller

    Nancy, Tom et al. – At this time of year we celebrate the gift GOD gave to us. Rick was a gift to us all as well(Husband, Brother, Son and Friend). I am praying for you and your family. Now Rick is at rest and at peace and is no longer in pain. I love you all. Even though I can’t be there I am there in spirit. God’s Blessing to you all.

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