Richard E. Willey

May 31, 2018

Richard E. Willey

of Stoneham, May 31st, at fifty-six years of age. Beloved husband of 18 years to Janice E. Goldthwait. Loving father of Craig Willey of San Diego and Tyler Willey of Kittery, ME. Dear brother of Dianne Spalding, her husband William of West Newbury, also survived by Fred Mills, his wife Maryellen of Amesbury.  Cherished uncle of Andrea, Sarah, Ashley and Richard. Also survived by many other relatives and close friends. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to calling hours at the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Wednesday, June 6th from 4-8 p.m. A funeral service will be held on Thursday, June 7th at the funeral home at 9:30 a.m. Interment will take place immediately afterwards at Cemetery on a Hill in Windham, NH. In leu of flowers, remembrances may be made in Richard’s honor to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute P.O. Box 849168 Boston, MA 02284.

Richard E. Willey, of Stoneham, died peacefully on May 31st, at fifty-six years of age, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was the beloved husband of 17 years of Janice E. Goldthwait. 

Born in Amesbury, Rich was the son of the late Richard and Geraldine (Murphy) Willey. He was educated in Haverhill and a graduate of Whittier Tech High School. Rich was a skilled electrician by trade and enjoyed working for himself for most of his adult life. 

Rich loved life and he lived it to the fullest. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends and visiting the family cottages and farm in Windham, NH. There he would go fishing, boating and ride his jet ski. He loved being outdoors and cooking for his family and friends. An avid car enthusiast, he spent many afternoons at car shows. The friendships and memories he made will live on forever. 

In addition to his wife Janice, Rich is survived by an extended family. He was the loving father of Craig Willey of San Diego and Tyler Willey of Kittery, ME. Dear brother of Dianne Spalding and her husband William of West Newbury and brother-in-law Richard Goldthwait, Rich was the cherished uncle of Andrea Spalding, Sarah Ditchfield, Ashley Vangel and Richard Goldthwait. He is also survived by Fred Mills and his wife MaryEllen of Amesbury, along with his niece’s children and many other relatives and close friends.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to calling hours at the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Wednesday, June 6th from 4-8 p.m. A funeral service will be held on Thursday, June 7th at the funeral home at 9:30 a.m. Interment will take place immediately afterwards at Cemetery on a Hill in Windham, NH. In leu of flowers, remembrances may be made in Richard’s honor to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute P.O. Box 849168 Boston, MA 02284.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to calling hours at the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Wednesday, June 6th from 4-8 p.m. A funeral service will be held on Thursday, June 7th at the funeral home at 9:30 a.m. Interment will take place immediately afterwards at Cemetery on a Hill in Windham, NH. In leu of flowers, remembrances may be made in Richard’s honor to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute P.O. Box 849168 Boston, MA 02284.

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  1. Amy Ladieu Campbell

    Oh Jan, I am so sorry. Rich was such a fun guy to be around. I wish I was up there more often and got to enjoy you both more. Praying for you always…
    Miss you.

  2. Hi Jan- So sorry for your loss. He was a fighter. So glad I got to meet him at least once. He was a character for sure and now a gracious spirit that never leaves your side. No pain, all glory now.
    Love Cheryl Bacon

  3. Scott Johnson

    To my brother, friend,
    And the life of the party:
    Richard, thank you for your generosity and friendship. Thank you for all the laughs.
    Be sure i will see you soon. And yes, I’ll bring the home made sweet cider.

  4. David D'Entremont

    In the 8 years that I have known Rich we have become close friends, we worked together, had a great time at the lake house and going to many car shows together.
    He was a true friend and I will miss him very much, we had a lot in common and we would often say to each other I wish we met earlier in life.
    I am going to miss you buddy.
    Dave

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