Richard T. Rafferty of Woburn, July 2nd at eighty eight years of age. Beloved husband of the late Catherine T. (Foley) Rafferty. Devoted father of Richard T. Rafferty, Jr. his wife Susan, Patrick Rafferty, and Marion Mallett, her husband Paul. Dear brother of Patricia Galante , her husband John and his sister in law Barbara Rafferty. Cherished grandfather of Emma, Shawn, Matt, Colin Rafferty, Haley, Allison, and Lauren Mallett. A Funeral Mass will be held in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn on Tuesday, July 7th at 11:30a.m. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.
Richard T. (“Dick”) Rafferty passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by family members on July 2, 2020. He was 88 years of age. Dick was the husband of the late Catherine T. “Kay” Rafferty (Foley). He is survived by his children, Richard T. Rafferty Jr. and his wife Susan, Patrick Rafferty and his fiancé Laura Buzzell, and Marion Mallett and her husband Paul. Loving grandfather to Emma Rafferty and her husband Stephen Miles, Richard Matthew Rafferty, Shawn Rafferty, Colin Rafferty, Haley Mallett, Allison Mallett and Lauren Mallett. He will be missed by his four-legged friend, Tank. Cherished brother of Patricia Galante and her husband John, and brother-in-law of Barbara Rafferty. “Uncle Dick” is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents John and Mary (McElhiney) Rafferty, his brothers Joseph, John and Michael Rafferty and his sister Mary Gibbons.
Dick was born in Woburn and grew up in both Winchester and Woburn. He enlisted and served in the U.S. Navy on board the USS Tarawa and USS Vulcan. He married the love of his life, Catherine T. “Kay” Foley in 1957. He and his bride shared 36 years of marriage together. They raised their family in Woburn and enjoyed camping at the Wabanaki Campgrounds in NH. Dick and Kay loved to dance and also enjoyed bowling at the Towanda Club.
Dick loved playing golf with friends and was a longtime member of the Andover Country Club. Later in life he moved to The Villages and enjoyed living and golfing there full time. Throughout his life he loved playing cards (45’s) with his friends.
In his professional life, Dick was employed by the U.S. Postal Service. He was the Postmaster in Lawrence, MA for over 20 years and was respected and admired by postal employees from all over Massachusetts. He was an active member of the National Association of Postmasters and the Rotary Club and was involved with numerous local charities. He will be remembered fondly by many friends and fellow postal employees.
A Funeral Mass will be held in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn on Tuesday, July 7th at 11:30a.m. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. In lieu of flowers, please do a good deed for a neighbor to honor his memory. Arrangements are under the direction of the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, MA 01801
A Funeral Mass will be held in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn on Tuesday, July 7th at 11:30a.m. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.