Richard E. Callahan

February 17, 2020

Richard E. Callahan

Richard E. Callahan  – of Woburn, February 17th, at seventy years of age.  Loving father of Michelle A. Callahan, her longtime companion Steven Getty of Woburn, Richard E. Callahan, of CT, Sean M. Callahan, his wife Laura of CT, Daniel J. Callahan of Woburn and Shannon E. Gottshall, her husband Nicholas of N. Reading.  Dear brother of Thomas Callahan, of Woburn his late wife Laurie, Ellen Callahan Doucette, her husband Roy of Westford, James Callahan, his wife Mary of Billerica, the late Patricia MacLachlan, her husband James, of Lawrence and the late Daniel Callahan. Cherished “Grampy” of Billy, Michael, Brian, Derek, Taylor, Joslyn and Jennifer;  Brandon and Conor;  Lisa, Katelyn and Emily; and great grandchildren William, Sophia, Nash, and Hudson.  Also he is survived by many loving cousins, nieces and nephews. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Friday morning February 21st at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 10.  Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to Calling hours Thursday, 4-8 p.m. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.Remembrances may be made in honor of Richard, to the Boy’s and Girls Club of Woburn, Charles Gardner Way, Woburn, MA 01801.

Richard E “Dickie” Callahan, passed away after a sudden illness at his daughter’s home, surrounded by loved ones, Monday, February 17th at the age of seventy.

Born in Woburn, he was the son of the late Thomas and Anna (Pauling) Callahan. One of six children, Dickie was raised and educated in the South End of the city.  He attended St. Charles and then went on to public school, graduating from Woburn High School with the Class of 1967.  While in high school Dickie was actively involved in track, achieving some record-breaking times during his tenure.

Following high school, Dickie began working as a carpenter. After accruing years of experience in this field, he started his own general contracting business, Callahan Construction. He specialized in building new homes, additions, kitchens, and roofing.

The Boys and Girls Club of Woburn held a special place in Dickie’s heart. For over 15 years, Dickie devoted his time to volunteering at Bingo Nights, Pancake breakfasts, and coaching Saturday morning basketball. He also dedicated his time to renovating locker rooms and constructing the Memorial wall that still displays today at the club.

Dickie was also the proud father of five children. He enjoyed coaching his kid’s sports including pop warner football and little league baseball. Many around town will remember Dickie for his time spent at the local ball fields. In Dickie’s later years, he spent a lot of time at his son’s house in Connecticut, renovating new homes.

He enjoyed taking walks down Woburn center to play Keno and drink coffee with his friends. Dickie was also a big Boston sports fan. He enjoyed watching all the local favorite teams and attending events on occasion.

Most importantly Dickie had great love for his family.  One of the proudest honors Dickie had was to be called “Grampy” by all sixteen of his grandchildren and over the last several years, his great grandchildren.

Sadly, Dickie was predeceased by his parents, Tom and Anna, his sister Patricia, brother Daniel and sister in law Laurie Callahan.

Loving father of Michelle A. Callahan, her longtime companion Steven Getty of Woburn, Richard E. Callahan, of CT, Sean M. Callahan, his wife Laura of CT, Daniel J. Callahan of Charlestown and Shannon E. Gottshall, her husband Nicholas of N. Reading.  Dear brother of Thomas Callahan, of Woburn his late wife Laurie, Ellen Callahan Doucette, her husband Roy of Westford, and James Callahan, his wife Mary of Billerica. Cherished “Grampy” of Billy, Michael, Brian, Derek, Taylor, Joslyn and Jennifer; Brandon and Conor; Lisa, Katelyn and Emily; and great grandchildren William, Sophia, Nash, and Hudson. He is also survived by many loving cousins, nieces and nephews.

A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Friday morning February 21st at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 10.  Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to Calling hours Thursday, 4-8 p.m. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.Remembrances may be made in honor of Richard, to the Boy’s and Girls Club of Woburn, Charles Gardner Way, Woburn, MA 01801.

 

A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Friday morning February 21st at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 10.  Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to Calling hours Thursday, 4-8 p.m. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.  Remembrances may be made in honor of Richard, to the Boy’s and Girls Club of Woburn, Charles Gardner Way, Woburn, MA 01801.

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  1. patty chiumiento

    Shannon, im so sorry for your loss. I just heard this am. He loved his kids, i know that. He drove me crazy him and Phil but know theyre both in heaven belly up to the bar. Love you. Me, Joe and Danny

  2. Shannon and Danny,
    Please accept our condolences to you and your entire family. Your dad will always be remembered fondly.
    The Dineen Family

  3. To the Callahan Family. I am very sorry for your loss. I have many memories of Dickie growing up next door. Those were the good old days. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. XOXOXO

  4. To the Callahan Family: I am so sorry for your loss of Dick. I am thinking of you and praying for you all. Love, Peggy Mahar (neighbor from Richardson St.).

  5. Oh Shannon I’m so sorry for the loss of your dad. My condolences to you and your family. Peace in Christ- 💔

  6. Kristen Marchese

    My deepest condolences and sympathy to the entire family.
    I’m sorry I can’t be there with you, Shannon and Dan. All my love.

  7. Callahan 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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