Richard M. “Rick” McEleney

May 11, 2012

Richard M. “Rick” McEleney – in Woburn, May 11th, unexpectedly, sixty three years of age. Beloved son of the late John and Catherine (McGuire) McElaney. Devoted brother of Maureen Perrson and her husband Gerard of Woburn, John J. McElaney and his wife Janet of Peabody, Robert F. McElaney and his wife Melinda of NH, and William M. McElaney and his wife Kathleen of Ireland and Woburn. Also survived by eight loving nieces and nephews and two grand niece and nephew. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Wednesday, May 16th at 10:15 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Barbara’s Church, Cambridge Road at 11:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday from 4-8 p.m. At the Families request in lieu of flowers please make donations in Rick’s memory to the Woburn Senior Center, 144 School Street, Woburn, MA 01801.

OBITUARY:

Richard M. “Rick” McEleney passed away unexpectedly Saturday, May 12th at the age of sixty three. He was the beloved son of the late John and Catherine (McGuire) McElaney.

Born in Woburn, he was the youingest of five children born into the McElaney family.

He attended elementary school in Woburn and was a graduate of North Bennett Industrial High School in Boston. Following high school Rick began working with Avis Rent a car in the service department at Logan Airport. This position he held for just over thirty five years, having worked at the Woburn branch the last two years of his career.

Having grown up on “the hill” right behind St. Charles Church, Rick developed an interest in trains. As it was he was able to watch the coming in and going out of all the trains to Boston, and his fascination later turned into a collection of lionel trains. He also developed an interest in classical music. Where or how remains a question, but he literally and figuratively a “sevant” of composers. Bach, Mozart, Chopan, Beethoven, along with many other classical composers.He knew all there was to know about them as individuals, along with all their compositions and symphonies that were written.Listening to classical music he woul name the composer, the sonet and all of the particulars that went into that particular piece. Truly a profound and prodigious capacity of knowledge that he so willingly shared with his family and friends. He would travel to Metheun weekly where he would take in the organ music that was shared at the Methuen Organ Society of which he was a member.

Travelling was a favorite of Rick’s. Trips to Ireland was an all time favorite as he would travel there every other year for over the last thirty or so years. Every time he visited, he would stay at his grandfathers home. He spent some very special times with all of his extended family there. He had actually planned a trip to Germany and Austria to visit the places and museums of all the classical composers he knew so much about.

A very kind, quiet and gentle person Rick was a loyal family member and friend. He had great love for his family, nieces and nephews. His very thoughtful and caring demeanor will long be cherished by those who had the pleasure of sharing life with Rick.

Rick was pre deceased by his parents. He was the devoted brother of Maureen Perrson and her husband Gerard of Woburn, John J. McElaney and his wife Janet of Peabody, Robert F. McElaney and his wife Melinda of NH, and William M. McElaney and his wife Kathleen of Ireland and Woburn. Also survived by eight loving nieces and nephews and two grand niece and nephew. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Wednesday, May 16th at 10:15 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Barbara’s Church, Cambridge Road at 11:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday from 4-8 p.m. At the Families request in lieu of flowers please make donations in Rick’s memory to the Woburn Senior Center, 144 School Street, Woburn, MA 01801.

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  1. Our thoughts and prayers are with your entire family during this difficult time.

    Kathy and Jeff Hanna

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