Richard Leo Kerrigan

August 22, 2021

Richard Leo Kerrigan
U.S. Veteran

US Navy

Richard Leo Kerrigan – lifelong resident of Woburn, August 22nd at the age of eighty-seven. Beloved husband of 65 years to Charlotte (Shields) Kerrigan. Proud father of Michael Kerrigan, his wife Laura of Haverhill, Donna McElhinney, her husband Daniel of Methuen, David Kerrigan of Woburn, Linda Farrell, her husband Robert of ME and Kevin Kerrigan of NH. Cherished grandfather of Justin and Ashley Kerrigan, Bobby, Steve and Richie McElhinney, Billy, Colleen and Brian Farrell, and Patrick, Kaitlin, Meghan and Krista Kerrigan, as well as 7 adored great-grandchildren. Dear brother of Jean McColough of NH, Robert Kerrigan, his wife Bernadette of Woburn and Peter Kerrigan, his wife Nancy of Woburn. Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Arrangements are private and under the direction of the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home 263 Main St., Woburn, MA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Dick’s memory to 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601, the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas 66675 or to the Veterans Association of America, Inc. P.O. Box 309 Audubon Station New York, New York 10032-0309

Richard L. “Dick” Kerrigan, a lifelong resident and business owner in Woburn, passed away after a brief illness, Sunday, August 22nd, at the age of eighty-seven.  Dick is the husband of Charlotte (Shields) Kerrigan, with whom he shared his life for over sixty-five years.

Dick was one of five children born in Woburn, to the late Frank and Grace (Tanton) Kerrigan.  Raised and educated in his hometown, Dick was a graduate of Woburn High School along with the Class of 1951. 

Following graduation, Dick enlisted in the United States Navy, proudly serving his country during the Korean War.  While in Norfolk, VA, he was introduced to a lovely young lady, Charlotte Shields, who was a Yeoman in the Navy.  Little did they know then that was the beginning of a decades long journey together.  After many deployments out to sea, Dick traded assignments with a fellow sailor, joining the repair ship the USS Cademus, which went underway less frequently, to be closer to Charlotte.   

In 1956, they married and were blessed with five children, three boys and two girls.  Needless to say life was somewhat hectic, but they certainly all learned early on, all for one and one for all!  

After leaving the Navy, Dick became a licensed refrigeration technician.  He started out working for a local business and moonlighting at night. Dick established his own successful business, K and S Refrigeration, after an initial attempt a few years earlier.  Very well-known throughout the city and surrounding communities, Dick worked when called, though he always reserved Sundays to be with his family.  A hard worker, Dick taught his children the value of dedication, the importance of perseverance, and to have pride in their work – the same he showed in starting his business. 

After Dick’s retirement at age sixty-five, he and Charlotte finally had time to travel, and travel they did!  Cruises were their favorite way to vacation, enjoying many island destinations. When they were closer to home, Dick could be found walking Horn Pond.  He walked once in the morning and once in the afternoon and as years passed it became once a day, which he managed to keep up with into his early eighties.  Another walk he sometimes enjoyed was at Castle Island, where, when he got to the end he treated himself to the “best lobster salad sandwich ever” from Sullivans.

Being an adventurer at heart, Dick had the desire to raft down the Copper River in Alaska.  Now at the age of sixty-nine – the cut off age for this adventure – Richard decided to go for it!  Joining a group of people who shared in this mission, he successfully completed his journey down the Copper River, returning home feeling better than when he left.

As the family grew and grandchildren began arriving, “Grampy” was his new moniker.  He adored his grandchildren and thoroughly enjoyed spending time with them, as they so enjoyed him.

Dick was always very patriotic and so proud to have served his country.  As his family speaks of him, they all recall how much they admired their father for his quiet, humble strength and the pride he took in the loving family he and Charolette created and that he leaves behind. 

In addition to his parents Frank and Grace, Dick is predeceased by his dear brother Francis “Frannie” Kerrigan.

He is lovingly survived by his wife of sixty-five years Charlotte (Shields) Kerrigan. Proud father of Michael (Laura) Kerrigan of Haverhill, Donna (Daniel) McElhinney of Methuen, David Kerrigan of Woburn, Linda (Robert) Farrell of Cape Neddick, and Kevin Kerrigan of Merrimack.  Cherished grandfather of Justin and Ashley Kerrigan; Bobby, Steve and Richie McElhinney; Billy, Colleen and Brian Farrell; and Patrick, Kaitlin, Meghan, and Krista Kerrigan, as well as seven adored great-grandchildren.  Dear brother of Jean McColough of NH; Robert (Bernadette) Kerrigan and Peter (Nancy) Kerrigan of Woburn. Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Arrangements are private and under the direction of the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home 263 Main St., Woburn, MA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Dick’s memory to 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601, the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas 66675 or to the Veterans Association of America, Inc. P.O. Box 309 Audubon Station New York, New York 10032-0309

Arrangements are private and under the direction of the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home 263 Main St., Woburn, MA.In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Dick’s memory to 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601, the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas 66675 or to the Veterans Association of America, Inc. P.O. Box 309 Audubon Station New York, New York 10032-0309

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  1. Kim Desrochers (Devaney)

    I was so sorry to here about your husband/ dad’s passing. He was such a nice guy and I will always remember his infectious laugh!

  2. My thoughts and prayers are with my dear friend Charlotte and her family. I will deeply miss Dick and all our conversations. He was a devoted and loving husband. Dick’s mission the past few years was to care for his lovely bride and he did so without complaining and with love in his heart.

  3. Beth K. Donovan

    I was so saddened to hear this news. Please except my deepest and most sincere condolences. A great guy, a hard worker a dedicated husband and father and that smile!
    Rest In Peace Uncle Dick.

  4. Christie Erschen

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Charlotte, our sweet friend, I am so sorry about Dick. What strength he displayed and courage he had. Never one to complain. No words to describe so much love between the two of you and how much Dick loved you.

  5. To the Kerrigan Family. I am Saddened by the loss of a Wonderful Father, Grandfather and Veteran. Richard Was True American Serving His Country! The Legacy He Leaves Behind is Proudly In His Wonderful Family! May Richard Rest In Peace. Your Friend, Bill Mantville (Fish Guy / Fireman) 🇺🇸

  6. I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of your husband and dad. Charlotte and Linda I will keep your family in my prayers.

  7. Dick was always a joy to walk and talk with at Horn Pond. He told it like it was. Warm memories for you all.

  8. Dick was a special person and so loved by all who knew him at Horn Pond. Now he is walking with the angels in heaven. God bless you, Dick.

  9. So sorry for your loss. Dick was a wonderful person. He will surely be missed at Horn Pond. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time.

  10. Peter F Kerrigan

    We are very sorry to hear of your loss… You are all in our thoughts and prayers… Peter Jr & Stacey Kerrigan

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