Richard R. Macinanti

December 22, 2018

Richard R. Macinanti
U.S. Veteran

US Navy

Korean War

Richard R. Macinanti, Ret. Detective, Woburn PD. – in Woburn, December 22nd. Beloved husband of the late Janice E. (Christie) Macinanti. Loving father of Cynthia Macinanti of Woburn, Cheryl Macinanti, her wife Kimberly and Candace Macdonald, her husband Martin, all of Billerica. Cherished grandfather of Richard E. Macdonald. Dear brother of Jean Abreu and Louis Macinanti, both of Woburn and the late Antonio, Angelo and Raymond Macinanti, Viola Kray, Vienna DeSalvo, Mary Mancuso, Mimma Bavuso and Mildred Tortorella. Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Thursday, December 27th at 7:45 a.m. with his Funeral Mass to follow at 8:30 a.m. in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn. Interment is private. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to call at the Funeral Home, Wednesday from 4-7 p.m. Remembrances may be made in honor of Richard, to the Friends of Woburn Veterans, 144 School Street, Woburn, MA 01801. For directions or to leave an online condolence, please visit www.lynch-cantillon.com or Facebook under Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home.

Richard R. Macinanti passed away suddenly at his home Saturday, December 22nd at the age of eight seven years.  He was the beloved husband of the late Janice E. (Christie) Macinanti.

A life long Woburnite and Southender, Richie was one of eleven children born to the late Antonio and Esterina Macinanti.  Richie was educated here in Woburn and was a graduate of Woburn High School, along with the Class of 1949.  Following high school, Richie joined the United States Navy, where he served his country proudly.  While in the Navy, he participated in the boxing program where he was introduced to Master Chief Petty Officer, Carl “Maxi” Brashear, who taught him all that he knew to have him become very successful in the ring!  This gentleman remained a close friend of Richie’s over the years and also had a movie made about him, “Men of Honor.” 

When he returned home from the service, Richie met a lovely young lady at a dance, Janice Christie.  They married and brought three wonderful daughters into the world, whom he was devoted to.

Richie began working in construction, then became an officer with the Woburn Police Department.  He rose through the ranks and had retired  as a Detective.  During his tenure, he was the first recipient in the state of Massachusetts awarded the George L. Hanna, Medal of Valor, for their bravery in the line of duty.  A robbery had taken place, a chase pursued and Officer Macinanti exchanged fire, after being shot at.  Those involved were apprehended and brought to justice.  He was also awarded by his peers having been chosen “Policeman of the Year,” by the MA Police Association.

When it came to family though, they were first and foremost!  He loved to cook. He had learned from his mother how to make all sorts of Italian specialties, starting with the pasta, gravy, meatballs, and many other delicacies to the delight of his family and friends.  Weekly rides into Haymarket Square with family, where they would  purchase all the produce, fruits vegetables, and cheese for the upcoming week; always sharing in a “little luncheon” there before returning home!  Vacations to Hampton Beach every year for years!  Family and friends would all gather for fun-in-the-sun activities, cookouts, and long walks along the beach.

Cooking, gardening, dancing, playing cards and watching the Boston sports, brought great joy to Richie and his family.  In 1998, he established a “polka tournament” where friends and family joined together and raised thousands of dollars for a different charity each year.  They had decided that the tournament, which occurred in 2017, was to be the last.

A wonderful husband, Dad, brother, grandfather, and friend, Richie gave his all throughout the years.  His home, over the years was referred to as, “the house,” to all family and friends.  Each Sunday morning for decades, it was the place to be; enjoying a terrific cup of coffee, nice hot breakfast, and the warmth of family and friends. 

Sadly, in addition to his parents, Richie was predeceased by his wife of over fifty years Janice, along with his siblings Raymond, Anthony, Angelo, Viola Kray, Mildred Tortorella, Viena DeSalvo, Mary Mancuso and Mimma Abreu.

Richie was the loving father of Cynthia Macinanti of Woburn, Cheryl Macinanti, her wife Kimberly and Candace Macdonald, her husband Martin, all of Billerica. Cherished grandfather of Richard E. Macdonald. Dear brother of Jean Abreu and Louis Macinanti, both of Woburn.

A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Thursday, December 27th at 7:45 a.m. with his Funeral Mass to follow at 8:30 a.m. in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn. Interment is private. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to call at the Funeral Home, Wednesday, from 4-7 p.m. Remembrances may be made in honor of Richard, to the Friends of Woburn Veterans, 144 School Street, Woburn, MA 01801. For directions or to leave an online condolence, please visit www.lynch-cantillon.com or Facebook under Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home.

A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Thursday, December 27th at 7:45 a.m. with his Funeral Mass to follow at 8:30 a.m. in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn. Interment is private. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to call at the Funeral Home, Wednesday, from 4-7 p.m. Remembrances may be made in honor of Richard, to the Friends of Woburn Veterans, 144 School Street, Woburn, MA 01801. For directions or to leave an online condolence, please visit www.lynch-cantillon.com or Facebook under Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home.

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  1. Jennifer Sweeney

    To the whole Macinanti family, I’m very sorry for your loss. He was great man, husband, father, grandfather and friend to many. You have lots of great memories and it’s those that will help you through. Love Jennygar (Jen Garland- Sweeney)

  2. Dear Cheryl, I am so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. Tee Jones

  3. Cheryl, I am so very sorry for your loss and my thoughts and prayers will be with you and your family. I know your father will be greatly missed by many as he joins other sports and poker enthusiasts in a place where everybody wins.

  4. The Friday Before His Passing…I asked Veda do you want to eat lunch with dada at his office or go see Richie (we had planned to see him Xmas eve so i was ok with missing our weekly encounter) … but not my Veda – she answered without hesitation that she wanted to go to Richie’s – when we got there he had the tree all lit up and it looked beautiful in his dimlit living room – I complimented him right away and he said I had a feeling you were coming today so I turned the tree lights on just for you guys – he then proceeded to ask if we were hungry like he ALWAYS did and I said well we just ate at dunks so don’t worry about it but again here was my Veda and she said Richie I want spaghetti and meatballs- that’s all it took – we ended up staying for about 3 hours with him – he played with the kids and let them run a muck – throw all his old scratch tickets around the house – put cartoons on not one tv but both TVs – and Veda even walked out about $5 richer in change …Richie was generous in so many ways and some people don’t have the opportunities to spend time with their loved ones right before they pass… I will be forever grateful that my daughter chose to go see Richie and that we stayed and ate spaghetti and meatballs one last time with him… He was truly one of kind… Lots of Love To His Beautiful Daughters, DIL/SIL, and his Grandson Rick, whom he was proudest of.

  5. Uncle Richie’s Girls, we are so sorry for the loss of your beloved father. Our deepest condolences. Keep the Faith. Much love, Angelo & Carol.

  6. Sharyn Cavanaugh

    Cindy, Cheryl, Candace and Families. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. We are so very sorry for your loss. Love Sharyn, Larry, Meg, Matt, Mike and Matthew Jr. xoxo

  7. nenadean08@aol.com

    I’m saddened too hear the news. My condolences to you and your family. Love the Canada Family. Stay strong. Hugs and kisses.

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