Richard F. Abreu

March 9, 2019

Richard F. Abreu
U.S. Veteran

US Army

Vietnam War

Richard F. Abreu “Richie”- of Woburn, March 9th. Beloved husband of Ruth Ann (Netishen) Abreu. Devoted father of Richard J. Abreu of Burlington and Steven M. Abreu and his wife Darlene of Woburn. Dear brother of the late Robert Abreu, Ronnie Abreu, Anita Clark and Carol Abreu. Loving grandfather of Nicholas, Olivia, Lukas, Brett and Brooke Abreu. Also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. A Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday March 14th, in St. Margaret’s Church, 111 Winn Street, Burlington MA at 10 A.M. The family will receive guests immediately following the Mass. Interment at Woodbrook Cemetery in Woburn. At the family’s request, in lieu of flowers, remembrances  may be made in Richie’s memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, PO Box 1893 Memphis, TN 38101-9950. Arrangements are under the direction of Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn MA.

Richard F. “Richie” Abreu, passed away after a lingering illness, Saturday, March 9th at the Care Dimension Hospice Home in Lincoln, with his family by his side, 24 years after surviving a heart transplant. The beloved husband of Ruth Ann (Netishan) Abreu, he was seventy-two years of age.

Born and raised in Woburn, Richie was one of five children, born to the late Anthony and Mary (Geoghan) Abreu. Richie was a graduate of Woburn High School, Class of 1964.  Throughout high school, he was active in many activities, and always eager to help and participate in whatever was needed.  Richie established many friendships while in high school, which were all enhanced over the years. 

Richie knew a lot of people, and always took time to reconnect and find out how they were doing. If he was in the car, he would always give a big wave. He looked forward to the many Class Reunions that have been held over the years, anxiously awaiting the next, and he never missed one!

Following high school, Richie enlisted in the United States Army where he served proudly for over two years in Vietnam. Upon his return home Richie stopped into a local insurance company where he met Ruth Ann.  Yes, it was love at first sight, they began dating and one year later they married!

They settled in to the Central Square section of the city, where they focused on raising their two sons. Vacations at the Cape, a favorite spot being Yarmouth, New Hampshire, the beaches of Rockport, a family trip to Disney World, where many wonderful memories were made, and joyful time had by all. 

In the spring, summer and fall Richie also enjoyed taking his newspaper to the Pond, walking, sitting, relaxing and getting caught up on what was going on in the world.

Boston sports were always celebrated in the Abreu household. The Bruins, Celtics, Red Sox and Patriots, they all enjoyed taking their favorite seats in the family room, cheering on all the Boston teams.  Richie and his son travelled to Fenway Park annually, passing the love of baseball onto his grandchildren.

Being a “Grandpa” was truly his wonder years. Richie so enjoyed spending time with them.  Their interests and hobbies were his too!  From the ice hockey rinks, to school performances, to his favorite, the movie theater, Grandpa embraced it all. His favorite movie was “It’s a Wonderful Life” and he loved watching it and sharing the joy of it with his family.

Faith, family, and friends were Richie’s most valuable gifts throughout his life, and the words he lived by. Richie lived each day to the fullest, giving all that he had, in a very kind, gentle and thoughtful way.

A Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday March 14th, in St. Margaret’s Church, 111 Winn Street, Burlington MA at 10 A.M. The family will receive guests immediately following the Mass. Interment at Woodbrook Cemetery in Woburn. At the family’s request, in lieu of flowers, remembrances  may be made in Richie’s memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, PO Box 1893 Memphis, TN 38101-9950. Arrangements are under the direction of Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn MA.

 

A Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday March 14th, in St. Margaret’s Church, 111 Winn Street, Burlington MA at 10 A.M. The family will receive guests immediately following the Mass. Interment at Woodbrook Cemetery in Woburn. At the family’s request, in lieu of flowers, remembrances  may be made in Richie’s memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, PO Box 1893 Memphis, TN 38101-9950. Arrangements are under the direction of Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn MA.

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  1. Although it has years since I’ve seen him I remember seeing him in the halls of Woburn High like it was yesterday. A friendly sweet guy who always had s smile and greet whenever he saw you truly the nicest guy to ever grace the halls of Woburn High…and from what I have read stayed that way throughout his life
    I am sorry for the loss of this truly special guy the world was surely a better place with him in it. My thoughts and prayers go out to his wife and family at this incredibly sad time
    RIP Richie Abreu you were loved by everyone who knew you
    Love, Patty Cuozzi

  2. Dear Ruth, Rick and Steve,
    The pain and loss is truly shared by all that knew him. He blessed me with great friends and great memories.

  3. Rodney and Sharon (Audette) Flynn

    Several entries from H.S. Classmates:

    Sorry to hear that Richie has passed. Know he was a friend to many.
    Condolences to his family and friends.

    Sandy (Davis) Tremain, Vero Beach, FL
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    That is so sad to hear. I remember him very well.

    Roger Pitman, Santa Maria, CA
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    Heartfelt condolences to the Abreu family. Prayers being offered in his name.

    Ray Gibson, Woburn, MA
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    Tom and I were So sad to hear about Richie. He was one of a kind!!! Always made you feel like he was so happy to see you. He certainly went through a lot but was always grateful for the time he had. He will be missed. Love to his family.

    Carol (MacDonald) Lynch, Burlington, MA
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    Ritchie was such a great guy. Please keep us informed of services.

    Carol (Porter) Erven, Wakefield, MA
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    So sad. He was a great guy. I have some wonderful memories of him. Rest in Peace, Richie. Our class has lost one of the BEST!!

    Sue (Stasiak) Foley, Berlin, NJ
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    That is sad news my condolences and prayers for his family.

    Steve Hatfield, Okinawa, Japan
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    So sorry to hear. Prayers and deepest condolences to his family.

    Jeff Brogan, Pleasant Hill, CA
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    That’s really so sad he was such a nice guy. We would see him with his family at St Margaret’s when we lived in Burlington. Always with a smile. He will be missed.

    Judy (Palmer) Simonds, Kennebunk, ME
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    I am heartbroken to hear of the loss of Richie Abreu. He and Ruthie and I were among others who served as Eucharistic Ministers at St. Anthony’s Church while Father Lynch was still there 15-20 years ago. That’s when I discovered Richie’s gentle spirit. What a wonderful couple! My prayers are with his beloved wife, Ruthie, and their children and all who knew Richie. He was truly a good man and will be dearly missed.

    Kathy (Lucas) Morrell, Cumming, GA
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    Our thoughts and prayers with Richie’s family

    David and Betty (Wooldridge) Pierce, Alton Bay, NH

  4. Rebecca Deaver

    I enjoyed the days Richie worked at the Library. He always had a smile and pleasant words. Such a nice man. I am sorry for your loss.

  5. Debbie Terranova

    So sorry to hear of Richie’s passing. He was the kindest/sweetest guy who would be there to help anyone. He was truly loved by many. He will be missed. My sincere condolences to his wife and family. My thoughts and prayers with his loved ones.

  6. To the Entire Abreu Family,
    I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Richie.
    He was such a wonderful person with a kind heart and such a joy to talk to whenever I saw him.
    He was so proud of both of you, Steven and Ricky.
    My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this very difficult time.
    Erin Post

  7. Rev. Dr. Kenneth P. Weldon

    Rest in peace my friend and fellow Viet Nam veteran. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. Rev. Dr. Ken Weldon

  8. Rita senkowski

    To Ruth Ann and family , I was very sorry to hear of Richie’s death, we lived around the Connor from him , and he and my brother Roddy were good friends. My prayer’s and thoughts are with you and your family at this difficult time, may he rest in peace, very sincerely Rita Murphy Senkowski

  9. Dear Steve, Ricky and Ruth Ann, I’ve know your dad/husband since I was maybe 9 years old. A truly great and caring man. Many fond memories, from backyard games to Woburn Rec basketball. I share your grief as I experience my own and I wish you the best during this difficult time.

    Regards,
    George Cain

  10. Leslie Gonsalves

    Ruthie, Ricky, Steven, Darlene, and all the Grandchildren,

    I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers and thoughts are with you all. Richie was a good man, a good husband, and father, grandfather and a friend. He will be missed by all.

    Sincerely
    Leslie Gonsalves and Family

  11. R.I.P. Richie, one of the “Cool” guys from Spring Court Ext, always remember you hanging out with my brother Roddy, condolences to your family.

  12. Kathleen Pigott

    My thoughts are with Rich’s family at this sad time. I enjoyed knowing and working with him for many years. May you find comfort in the days to come.

    With sympathy,
    Kathleen Pigott

  13. philip halloran

    richie so sorry for you and your family. may you rest in peace. your friend and fellow classmate of the great class of 1964. may the angels welcome you into eternal peace and rest.

  14. Philip Boudreau

    My sincere condolences to Ruth Rick and Steven I will never forget Richie as we were like brothers from another mother

  15. Rick and Paula Hawley

    Sorry to hear about his passing. He was a nice person. Your family are in our prayers and thoughts. Love, Rick and Paula Hawley.

  16. Charles Culhane

    Ruth Ann and family,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. The ones we love are never gone but live within our hearts. May you know peace and comfort.

    God bless,

    The Culhanes

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