Dorothy M. “Dotty” (Rabidou) Heggarty

April 28, 2019

Dorothy M. “Dotty” (Rabidou) Heggarty

Dorothy M. (Rabidou) Heggarty – in Woburn, Sunday, April 28th at ninety one years of age.  Beloved wife of the late Patrick J. “Joe” Heggarty.  Cherished mother of James F. Heggarty of Woburn and Paul  Heggarty of Newburyport.  Dear sister of Edward Rabidou, his wife Marilyn of Billerica and sister- in-law Jane Heggarty of Methuen.  Cherished cousin of Kay Cardello, her late husband Robert of Everett, Edward Skinner, his wife Rosemary of Middleton, Lorraine Gennetti, her husband Rick Vivier of Malden and Nancy Heaton, her husband Michael of RI.  Adored godmother of Barbara Ritter of Walpole, Francis Heggarty of NH, Patricia Mulno of Tewksbury and Susan Gallagher of NH. Loving “Auntie Dotty” of many loving nieces, nephews, great and grand.  Dotty is also survived by many treasured friends and her beloved dog “Raggio.”  A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Saturday morning, May 4th at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony Church, 851 Main Street, Woburn.  Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.  Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to Calling Hours, Friday evening 5-8 p.m.   While Dotty loved flowers, her family asks that you consider a gift in her memory, to the Sawtelle Family Hospice House, Gift Processing Center, 41 Mall Road, Burlington, MA 01805. 

 

Dorothy M. “Dotty” (Rabidou) Heggarty passed away peacefully the morning of April 28th with her loving sons, James and Paul, and devoted Cocker Spaniel, Raggio, at her side. Dotty was the beloved wife of the late Patrick J. “Joe” Heggarty who passed away in March 1974.

Born at home in Billerica, she was the devoted daughter of the late Carmen Annino Rabidou and celebrated her ninety-first birthday last month.

A favorite childhood memory was riding the bus with her friends from her home in Billerica to the Strand Theater in Woburn.  With a quarter in her pocket, she had enough money for a bus ticket, a movie ticket, and most important, a candy bar. She loved picking blueberries with her brother Eddie at their grandparents’ summer camp, attending Girl Scout Camp with her life-long friends, and celebrating holidays with her large extended family in Everett. At fifteen, she had her dream job working at the Borden’s Ice Cream Plant in Chelsea.  Voted “Most Amicable”, she graduated from Howe High in 1945.

Following graduation, she worked in Boston as a secretary for attorneys and bankers. Many Friday nights were spent in Boston going to the movies and to Bailey’s Ice Cream for sundaes with Barbara, her closest friend of eighty-four years.

In the late forties, she went on vacation to Hampton Beach with a couple of girlfriends.  They stayed at “The Heggarty House”, a guest house, where she met the owner’s son, Joe, home on leave from the Navy. They fell in love “despite his red-hair” and married in November 1951. Initially, the couple lived on Mount Pleasant Street and, in 1958, they built their inviting home on Fisher Terrace.  In both neighborhoods, they developed lasting friendships. If children in the neighborhood did not like what was being served for dinner at home, Dotty would slip them a couple of Oreos.

With the start of a family, Dotty began her true vocation as a loving, nurturing Mom. A son James was born first and, despite James’ preference for a puppy, a second son Paul was to follow. Family priorities were Sunday dinners, ice cream for breakfast, summer at Hampton Beach, road trips, Jim’s art shows, Paul’s attempts to cook, watching Masterpiece Theater, reading, and dancing. She also partnered with Joe in managing the accounts for their small local businesses.

Following Joe’s passing, despite her loss, her life always flourished. A family trip to Paris in 1977 sparked a passion in travel. Over the years, she traveled extensively with family and friends through the US, Canada, Europe, and the Caribbean.  Her favorite destination was Bermuda. Her suitcase was always packed and, just last fall, she renewed her passport.

Dotty worked for the Migrant Education Program for twenty years until her retirement in 1995. While working there, she met more treasured friends with whom she traveled, shopped, and always laughed. Retirement was full of travel, lunch dates with the ladies, live theater, classic movies (especially mob movies), genealogy, and being in the company of those she loved. For many years, she had a cherished friendship with the late Harry Echteler.

She shared her home on Fisher Terrace with her son James, who as her primary caregiver, lovingly cared for her as her body started to fail and her mind fade. And there was always the company of at least one or two devoted dogs. Time with Paul was going to dinner (drinking Pepsi in a wine glass) and on vacations where plane rides with turbulence were a favorite and car rentals needed to be red convertibles.

Dotty had sparkling blue eyes, a loving smile, an infectious laugh, a warm presence, and a sweet disposition with a side of feisty. She never left home without her lipstick, earrings, and her Talbot’s credit card.

In addition to her loving sons James of Woburn and Paul of Newburyport, Dotty is survived by her dear brother Edward Rabidou and his wife Marilyn of Billerica, and her dear sister-in-law Jane Heggarty of Methuen.  She was the cherished cousin of Kay Cardello and her late husband Robert of Everett, Edward Skinner and his wife Rosemary of Middleton, Lorraine Gennetti and her husband Rick Vivier of Malden, and Nancy Heaton and her husband Michael of Cumberland RI. She was the adored godmother of Barbara Ritter of Walpole, Francis Heggarty of Salem NH, Patricia Mulno of Tewksbury, and Susan Gallagher of Nashua NH. She was also the beloved Auntie Dotty of many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. Her beloved dog and many lasting treasured friends further survive.

A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Saturday morning, May 4th at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony Church, 851 Main Street, Woburn.  Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.  Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to Calling Hours, Friday evening 5-8 p.m.   While Dotty loved flowers, her family asks that you consider a gift in her memory, to the Sawtelle Family Hospice House, Gift Processing Center, 41 Mall Road, Burlington, MA 01805. 

A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Saturday morning, May 4th at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony Church, 851 Main Street, Woburn.  Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.  Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to Calling Hours, Friday evening 5-8 p.m.   While Dotty loved flowers, her family asks that you consider a gift in her memory, to the Sawtelle Family Hospice House, Gift Processing Center, 41 Mall Road, Burlington, MA 01805. 

 

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  1. Casey Donahue

    Jim and Paul, so sorry to hear of your loss. I have many happy memories of Dotty from birthday celebrations, holidays and other events growing up. She and your family were there for us during some hard times, and I will always remember that. Love to your family

  2. Jim and Family: So sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. May she rest in peace and you find comfort from your memories.

  3. Lisa, David, Amanda and Olivia Echteler

    Jimmy and Paul,
    We were sorry to hear about your mother’s passing. As you both know, Harry also cherished her friendship as well. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.

  4. It is said that a person lives as long as someone remembers it. Dorothy M. will always remain in my memory as a beautiful, lovely, light-minded woman.I’m glad I had the chance to get to know her .I send my sincere love and condolences to Paul , a Jim and Raggio .

  5. Lori Hartwig & Charlie Conn

    It was our privilege to know Dotty and we will carry on with treasured memories of the times we shared together at Christmas in Newburyport and Summer holidays in Nova Scotia. We send our deepest love and condolences to Paul and Jim.

  6. Barbara Ritter

    Jimmy and Paul,
    I was so blessed to have your Mom as my Godmother. Her smiling face was so welcoming, and her laugh was the best. She will be missed greatly, but I take comfort in knowing she is surrounded by her loving family and her bestie, my Mom, Barbara. Love and kisses always, Barbara and Charlie

  7. Paul and Jimmy, I offer my sincere condolences on the passing of your lovely Mom. I read the tribute of her on this web page and it had me smiling, remembering the couple of times i met her…. and the many stories Paul would tell. Simply put, she is a lovely social person with great dignity and our memories of her will ensure she always maintains that reputation. “Most amicable” doesn’t surprise me one bit. Sending my regards and love to you all there.

  8. christopher paglia

    Dear Paul, Jim, and Raggio,
    We loved Dottie very much. And we love you. We saw Dottie’s rainbow yesterday here in Costa Rica. Her smile and her laugh made us smile too. Our Christmas tradition just won’t be the same. We felt so honored to be included in them the past several years. We will be sure to have a dessert (and a cocktail!) in her honor.
    Love,
    Kathy and Christopher

  9. Katherine Wyong

    Paul, I am sorry for the loss of your Mom. She must have been an amazing woman. I am thinking that wherever her spirit flies, there will be Oreos, ice cream and red convertibles.

  10. Paul and Jim, you have my love and condolences. She was a lovely lady and the perfect Christmas companion. I’m luckier for having known her. Love you both.

  11. Susan Berrigan

    To the Heggarty family and extended family,
    Please accept our deep heartfelt condolences. While words can be only words, for sure we would marvel on and on at all that Dot lived for. God bless you all.

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