RICHARD STUART LANSIL

April 26, 2023

RICHARD STUART LANSIL
U.S. Veteran

US Navy

Korean Conflict

Richard Stuart Lansil – of Woburn, died peacefully, April 26th at the age of ninety-one. Cherished father of Susan Lansil of Woburn, and Clifford Lansil, and Susan McCahan of Toronto. Proud grandfather of Nate Lansil. Dear brother of Charlotte Sullivan of South Yarmouth and the late Dorothy Lansil. Treasured uncle of Marla and Rich Gonet, Lesley and Jonathan Schuler, and great-uncle of Bryce Schuler. A Funeral Service will be held in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on SATURDAY morning, MAY 13th, at 10:30 a.m. Military honors and burial to follow in the Veterans Section of Woodbrook Cemetery.  Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to Calling hours on FRIDAY evening, May 12th from 4-7 p.m.  Remembrances may be made to honor Richard to the Alzheimer’s Association 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601

Richard S. “Dick” Lansil, of Woburn, MA, died peacefully in his sleep, April 26, 2023 at Sunrise Senior Living in Burlington, MA after a period of declining health.

Born in Arlington, MA on August 8, 1931, Dick was the son of the late Clifford E. and Marie L. (Jary) Lansil. He served in the US Navy during the Korean Conflict as a Communications specialist in Toyko, Japan. He graduated from Northeastern University with a BS in Electrical Engineering and then worked for decades as a Test Engineer, Mechanical Engineer, and Manufacturing Engineer at Bolt, Beranek and Newman, Block Engineering, DigiLab, BioRad, and for the last 20 years of his career at Smith and Nephew Dyonics in Andover.

He designed spy satellites, an optical telescope on Skylab, various analytical and scientific instruments, and arthroscopic surgery equipment (knees, etc…). In addition, he owned and operated a small machine shop for 15 years, making specialized tools for the electronics industry.

He loved sailing, photography, model airplanes, motorcycling, tinkering, tools of every kind and hanging out at his cottage in Falmouth, MA.

Surviving members of his family include his daughter, Susan Lansil of Woburn, MA; son, Clifford Lansil, his wife Susan McCahan; grandson, Nate Lansil, all of Toronto, Canada; sister, Charlotte Sullivan of Yarmouth, MA; nieces Marla Gonet, her husband Rich of Brewster, MA and Lesley Schuler, her husband Jonathan of Prescott, AZ; great-uncle of Bryce Schuler. 

Richard was pre-deceased by his sister Dorothy Lansil of Arlington, MA and ex-wife Polly (Horan) Lansil.

A Funeral Service will be held in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on SATURDAY morning, MAY 13th, at 10:30 a.m. Military honors and burial to follow in the Veterans Section of Woodbrook Cemetery.  Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to Calling hours on FRIDAY evening, May 12th from 4-7 p.m.  Memorial contributions in memory of Richard may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601 or your favorite charity. Please visit www.lynch-cantillon.com to view and sign the on-line guestbook.

A Funeral Service will be held in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on SATURDAY morning, MAY 13th, at 10:30 a.m. Military honors and burial to follow in the Veterans Section of Woodbrook Cemetery.  Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to Calling hours on FRIDAY evening, May 12th from 4-7 p.m.  Memorial contributions in memory of Richard may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601 or your favorite charity. Please visit www.lynch-cantillon.com to view and sign the on-line guestbook.

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  1. Sid Balestrier

    I worked closely with Dick for many years. He always had a great perspective on life. He taught me much. I will continue to remember him fondly.

  2. While I didn’t know Richard in person, I heard a great deal about him from his son and my friend, Clifford Lansil. He has been described as being a fiercely intelligent engineer, a true gentleman, a good father, and a person of good humor. Despite his declining health over the past few years, he still managed to connect with his children and share their interests.

    I know Richard will be sorely missed by his family, but also know that, being the intelligent and independent man that he was, he would not have wanted to have his mind fail him.

    While his body may have left this world, he will live on both at both the atomic form and in the memories of his children, and, given what I’ve learned about him both of these facts would have comforted him greatly in his last quiet moments. Richard, we wish you peace, and wish your surviving family recovery, peace and love.

    Love from
    The Kroukamp Family

  3. Very sorry for your loss. I only wish I had known Dicks accomplishments and work history sooner. Honer to have known him.

  4. Barbara Turkington

    Farewell to my colleague and friend of 39 years. My condolences to Susan, Cliff and his family.

  5. Very sorry for this loss to the family. Wonderful to read about Dick’s projects and interests. Grateful to have met him.

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