Raymond F. Garrahan of Florida, formerly of Woburn, passed away Sunday April 20th. He was the beloved father of Kathleen Tabor and her husband Greg of Hampton NH and Raymond Garrahan Jr. and his fiancée Geri Tortorici of Winchester. Dear brother of Louis Garrahan and his wife Eileen of FL. Loving soul mate of Donna Smith of FL and her extended family. Also survived by his nephews andnieces, Diane, Glen, Guy, Gayle and Greg. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Thursday, April 24th at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 10. Calling hours will be heldon Wednesday 4 to 8 p.m. Interment in Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne, Friday April 25th at 11:15 a.m.
Raymond F. Garrahan of Florida, formerly of Woburn, passed away at Mass General Hospital in Boston on Sunday, April 20th, after a valiant effort to survive. He was stricken in Florida and was Med-Flighted back to Mass General Hospital a little over a week ago. He was with his daughter and son at the time of his death.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, Mr Garrahan was the son of the late Louis P. and Ellen (Fox) Garrahan. He was raised and educated in New York City and following high school he enlisted in the US Army, during the Korean Conflict. After completing his military service, he moved to Massachusetts where he began working in the appliance industry . For many years he was actively involved in selling appliances and subsequently attended school to learn how to repair appliances as well. For many years he owned the Abcom Appliance Repair Company, which he ran here in Woburn and later on the Cape where he lived befor moving to Florida.
Mr. Garrahan loved being with his family. His culinary skills were exemplary, taking something very plain and turning it into something wonderfully delicious. He was devoted to his daughter and son and together they would venture into the woods of Vermont for their summer camping expeditions. On other occasions during the spring and summer they would go deep sea fishing, which was something his daughter aspired to and has continued over the years. Both he and his son had an avid interest in race cars, only Mr. Garrahan enjoyed being the spectator and kept a keen eye on the track when his son was racing. He was an extremely hard worker, often working two and three jobs to provide for his family and afford them the opportunities that they enjoyed. After leaving Woburn and relocating to the Cape he took up gardening and became very passionate about landscaping. He meticulously maintained the flowers, shrubs and grass that surrounded his Cape home and later his Florida home. He thoroughly enjoyed tinkering around his home and was constantly fixing something.
Mr Garrahan was predeceased by his parents.
He is lovingly survived by his daughter Kathleen G. Taber and her husband Greg of Hampton, NH and his son Raymond Garrahan Jr. and his fiancé Geri Tortorici of Winchester, dear and trusted soul mate Donna Smith and her children Nicole, Toby and Michele, his brother Louis Garrahan and his wife Eileen and their children Diane, Glen, Guy, Gayle and Greg.
A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Thursday, April 24th at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 10. Calling hours will be held on Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment in Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne on Friday April 25th at 11:15 a.m.