Richard J. “Dick” Edgerly

September 16, 2018

Richard J. “Dick” Edgerly
U.S. Veteran

US Marines

Korean

of Woburn, September 16th at eighty seven years of age.  Beloved husband of the late Margaret “Peggy” (Kilgallon) Edgerly.  Devoted father of Dr. Deborah A. Edgerly , her husband Richard M. Chrisemer of Wilmington, Richard J. Edgerly Jr., of Tewksbury, Michael J. Edgerly of Woburn, Karen A. Chase of Woburn, Janet A. Fitzpatrick, her husband Brian of NH, and the late Margaret A. Edgerly.  Loving “Bumpa” of Brianna Chase, Danielle and Tara Fitzpatrick and Michael Chrisemer.  Brother of the late Gladys, Dorothy, Lillian, William, Frank, Clement, Gertrude, Mildred, Helen, Charles, Myrtle and Harold Edgerly.  A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Friday, September 21st at 10:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony Church, 851 Main Street, Woburn at 11:30 a.m.  Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.  Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to calling hours at the Funeral Home, Thursday, September 20th,  4-8 p.m.

Richard J. “Dick” Edgerly passed away at his home Sunday evening, September 16th, with his beloved family at his side. The dear husband of the late Margaret “Peggy” (Kilgallon) Edgerly, he was eighty seven years of age.

Born in Boston, he was the beloved son of the late William and Harriet (Devoe) Edgerly. Raised and educated in Medford, Dick was an outstanding athlete throughout his high school years, graduating from Medford High School with the Class of 1950. While growing up in Medford, Dick was the youngest of thirteen children!  He was very proud of being from Medford, as was all his family.  Over all the years they remained a very close knit family, being all for one and one for all!

The University of California in Santa Rosa, reached out to Dick and offered him a scholarship for his outstanding abilities, particularly in football.  Dick played out there for a year but then returned home.

In April of 1952, he enlisted in the United States Marines, and proudly served his country during the Korean War. While serving, he was awarded the Expert Rifleman medal before being honorably discharged.

When he returned home, he had the opportunity to go on a “blind date” with an absolutely lovely young woman Peggy Kilgallon. Yes, this was the beginning of a life long journey together that covered close to fifty years. They married in 1955 and then moved to the Central Square section of the city where they remained, raising their family . Summer vacations were fun with a pool in the yard and close to a park where there were lots of swings, baseball and softball. Once Dick was home from work they would all pile into the car and off it was for an ice cream!

In 1963 Dick became a part of the Metropolitan District Police Commission. He remained on with the MDC until 1988, when they then became part of Massachusetts State Police, remaining until 1995 when he retired. He served as a Sargent in both the MDC and the State Police, and was admired amongst his colleagues for his truly kind, fair, honest and just ways, with the public and those with whom he worked. A man of great integrity.

Being a person with a terrific sense of humor, he was a lot of fun to be around. When his grandchildren began arriving, “Bumpa” was his monika, and he loved it! He so loved and enjoyed his grandchildren. Any time spent with them individually or as a group just filled him with great joy, every time! Whatever they were participating in, at school, on the courts, fields or hockey rink, he was there, front and center; cheering them on! In 2009 the family went on a Caribbean cruise, which was a dream come true for him. From the beaches, the ship with all of its amenities and particularly the “hot tubs”, where he shared many laughs with family, friends and acquaintances alike.

Dick loved to stay at his daughters cottage in Ogunquit where he would enjoy the beach, surrounded by his grandchildren, and dinners out for his favorite – Seafood!

A loving husband, dedicated father and wonderful grandfather, Dick was a man of great faith, and extremely loyal to all those whom he loved.

Sadly, Dick was predeceased by his beloved wife the late Margaret “Peggy” (Kilgallon) Edgerly, his daughter Margaret “Peggy”, along with his twelve brothers and sisters, Gladys, Dorothy, Lillian, William, Frank, Clement, Gertrude, Mildred, Helen, Charles, Myrtle and Harold Edgerly. 

Dick is the loving father of Dr. Deborah A. Edgerly , her husband Richard M. Chrisemer of Wilmington, Richard J. Edgerly Jr., of Tewksbury, Michael J. Edgerly of Woburn, Karen A. Chase of Woburn, Janet A. Fitzpatrick, her husband Brian of NH.  Loving “Bumpa” of Brianna Chase, Danielle and Tara Fitzpatrick and Michael Chrisemer.

A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Friday, September 21st at 10:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony Church, 851 Main Street, Woburn at 11:30 a.m.  Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.  Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to calling hours at the Funeral Home, Thursday, September 20th,  4-8 p.m.  Remembrances may be made in Mr. Edgerly’s honor to the All Care Hospice, 210 Market Street, Lynn, MA 01091.

A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Friday, September 21st at 10:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony Church, 851 Main Street, Woburn at 11:30 a.m.  Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.  Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to calling hours at the Funeral Home, Thursday, September 20th,  4-8 p.m.  Remembrances may be made in Mr. Edgerly’s honor to the All Care Hospice, 210 Market Street, Lynn, MA 01091.

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  1. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Edgerly family and friends with Dick’s recent passing. Had the pleasure to work for him when often sent to the Fells District. Sgt. Edgerly was very capable, fair and funny. We often talked about family and sports. He loved his family and served his country and community with distinction. RIP “Edge” for a job well done.

  2. George & Carolyn Fales

    Uncle Dick, although I did not see you often, I will remember your smile when Carolyn and I talked about you, your sister, my mother Mildred, and my dad, often called Roy Rogers. Some of our best days we shared on Josephine Ave with you and Peggy. Rest in peace. You once again are with Peg.

  3. Retired Assoc. of Metropolitan Police

    On behalf of the Retired Association of Metropolitan Police, please accept our most heartfelt sympathies and deepest condolences for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with family and friends during this time of sadness.

  4. May the road rise to meet you,
    May the wind be always at your back.
    May the sun shine warm upon your face,
    The rains fall soft upon your fields.
    And until we meet again,
    May God hold you in the palm of his hand.
    Dick, a “Special Man” that will always be remembered.
    Louie, Judy, Dan & Tone Balestrieri

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