Richard T. Rafferty

July 2, 2020

Richard T. Rafferty

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.


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  1. My family lived next door for 13 years and Pat was one of my best friends in childhood. We had quite a little gang of kids back then. I always like “Mr. Rafferty”.
    He was a real dad to his kids and was always kind to us. Rest In Peace Mr. Rafferty. BTW, I was the one who accidentally put the hole in the roof of your Coleman camper with a Jart. It has bothered me to this day.😐
    Paul DeGregorio

  2. Dick and all the Rafferty’s are very special people. I was sorry to hear of Dick’s passing. I made great friends with Dick and his clan when I played on his minor league twins. Those were great days. Thanks for the memories and the life lessons Dick. The biggest of which was friendships.

  3. A very nice and friendly person. I have many good memories of Dick, Dick Jr. and Pat as my coaches during my little league baseball days. Dick always had positive and valuable words of wisdom to offer.

  4. Please accept my sympathy on the loss of your Dad. Lots of great memories at
    Andover CC with golf, playing 45’s in the 19th hole with my late husband
    Walter and the Rotary group, all the new year’s eve parties. He always had a smile and hello for everyone. Rest in peace Dick.

  5. Clara Cashell Pavone

    Marion, I’m so sorry for the loss of your father. Please accept my condolences and know that I am thinking you and your family during this difficult time.

  6. John Christopher

    Very sorry to hear about Dick. I have lots of fond memories from when he played at Andover CC. Just a great guy!

  7. Rafferty Family,

    Sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. He was the nicest guy ( and neighbor) anyone could hope to know. I think of all the good times our families had back in the “Wabanaki” days. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  8. Ann-Louise (Fallon) O'Donnell

    Sorry for your loss keeping you & your family in my thoughts & prayers

  9. Dickey, Marion, Patrick my prayers are with you and your families. Your dad “Uncle Dick” leaves a legacy of happyness goodwill and open heart to all.

  10. Ronald Gibbons

    Uncle Dick was an extraordinary human being. He was there for anyone that ever needed him. His love and compassion knew no bounds
    In my case the man literally got out of his hospital bed after surgery to visit me in mine
    We had a private joke for almost 60 years. “Hey Uncle Dick want a chocolate“? He’d reply “you little rascal”.
    Now you can have all you want ❤️ 😢

  11. Dick, Pat and Marion – your father was such a good friend to my dad. Lots of memories of the two of them together. Wishing you and your families peace, strength and love at this difficult time.

  12. Judson Miller

    Pat (RAFFI !!!)

    I’m so very sorry to hear of you father’s passing.

    Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this most difficult time of great loss.


    Jud Miller
    (Former Wilmington Post Office clerk)

  13. The Perry Family

    Pat, Dick, Marian and Family,

    Our Family sends all our love and best wishes to you All! Your Dad was a Great Man, Friend and Neighbor! We will miss his smiling eyes and great laugh!
    Take care of each other now….That’s the way Dick would want it!

  14. Dick was a very good friend of my father and the Fallon family. He helped a few of to get jobs at the Post office. Condolences to his family.

  15. Marion,Dick, Pat
    I am so sorry for your loss. Uncle Dick was a great man. He will be missed.

  16. Mary Ellen McAvoy

    Dick, Marian, and Patrick I am so sorry for the loss of your Dad. He was a great Uncle and always there for us. Uncle Dick was loved by all and will be missed.

  17. My condolences to Dick’s children and family. I have very fond memories of Dick from my days at the Post Office. He was a great guy, a terrific leader and very good to me giving me opportunities that I have been greatful for to this day. May he Rest In Peace.

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