Robert E. Rickard

March 4, 2008

Robert E. Rickard
U.S. Veteran

US Army

World War II Veteran

ROBERT E. RICKARD – in Woburn, March 4th. Beloved husband of the late Josephine (Pizzano) Rickard. Devoted father of Robert A. Rickard and his wife Victoria of Stoneham. Dear brother of Norma Karolie of Wakefield, RI and the late William Rickard. Loving grandfather of Jennifer Rickard Geysen, Melanie, Jessica, Robert A., Jr., Nicole, Katelyn, and Megan Rickard. Also survived by five great-grandchildren. A funeral service will be held in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Saturday, March 8th, at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Deryk Richenburg officiating. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Calling hours are Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. Interment in Wildwood Cemetery, Winchester. Donations may be made in Bob’s memory to the Boys and Girls Club of Woburn, Charles Gardner Lane, Woburn, MA 01801.

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OBITUARY:

Robert E. Rickard, well-known in Woburn for his efforts on behalf of the youth of the city, passed away on Tuesday, March 4th in Medford following an extended illness. He was the beloved husband of the late Josephine (Pizzano) Rickard, who died in 2001.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, the son of the late Arthur E. and Hazel (Reading) Rickard, he was a graduate of Coventry High School. He served in the Rhode Island National Guard and was a veteran of World War II, having served in the US Army. Since the time of his marriage in 1945, he had made his home in Woburn.

Bob was a graduate of the Boston Labor Guild and worked for Bell Telephone, later New England Telephone, as a repairman for many years. He was on the executive board of IBTW Local 1, and when the union became the IBEW, he served as Chief Steward of Local 2222. Following his retirement after thirty-three years he, along with three others, founded T.C.M. (Total Communications Maintenance), a business located on Salem Street and later in Cummings Park in Woburn, which they successfully operated for ten years.

Tirelessly working for the benefit of the city’s youth, he was one of the founders and original Board of Directors member of Woburn Youth Hockey. He was one of the founders of Pop Warner football and served as its president for ten years. He was also a Past President of the Woburn Boys and Girls Club and was instrumental, with the help of his wife Jo and his son Bob, in starting Bingo games as a fundraiser for the club. His interest in Woburn sports extended to the football field at Woburn High, where he assisted Carl Provost as a statistician for high school football games.

He loved Boston sports as well, and was a season ticket holder for the Patriots and a loyal fan of the Red Sox. He was a familiar figure on the golf course at Woburn Country Club, and regularly played in Rhode Island with several of his childhood friends.

Bob loved gardening, and his tomatoes were his pride and joy. He took regular trips to Daytona, Florida, and to Loudon, New Hampshire, for NASCAR racing.

He was a longtime member of the Sons of Italy Lodge 1580 in Winchester and a Past Commander of American Legion Post 299 (Alexander Graham Bell Post) in Boston. A member of the VFW, he was active in a group of VFW members known as the Cooties, where he was involved in performing charitable works and visiting children’s hospitals.

Along with his wife Jo, he was preceded in death by a brother, William Rickard.

He is survived by his son, Robert A. Rickard and his wife Victoria of Stoneham, a sister, Norma Karolie of Wakefield, Rhode Island, seven grandchildren: Jennifer Rickard Geysen, Melanie, Jessica, Robert A., Jr., Nicole, Katelyn, and Megan Rickard, and five great-grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Saturday, March 8th, at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Deryk Richenburg officiating. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Winchester.

Calling hours at the funeral home will be on Friday from 4 to 7 p.m.

Donations may be made in Bob’s memory to the Boys and Girls Club of Woburn, Charles Gardner Lane, Woburn, MA 01801.

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