Richard T. Holahan

May 9th, 2019

It is with great sadness in our hearts that we announce the passing of Richard T. Holahan who succumbed to a courageous battle with cancer on May 7, 2019. He passed peacefully with his loving family by his side.

Richard was born in Arlington, Massachusetts on August 4, 1932 and grew up in Medford, Massachusetts where he graduated from Medford High School. He loved playing baseball and excelled at every level of the sport. The Oakland Athletics convinced Richard to sign a contract with them; however, he decided that his true “calling” was to follow in his father’s footsteps by serving his country.

Richard entered the Korean War when he was 18 years of age. He stepped on that foreign soil as a boy. He returned home a man and a hero.

After his honorable discharge he worked for Brinks, Incorporated and later decided that his selfless service should continue. Richard joined the Medford Fire Department in 1962 and served with this brotherhood until his retirement in 1992.

Richard was predeceased by his mother Lillian J. Johnson, father George T. Holahan from Medford, Massachusetts and his brother George T. Holahan. Richard was the beloved husband of Barbara (Edgerly) Holahan of Wilmington, Massachusetts. Father and Step-Father to daughter, Colleen E. (Dowd) Murphy and husband Dennis from Londonderry, New Hampshire, Son Richard T. Dowd and wife Gwen from Fairfax, California, Daughter Kimberley A. (Dowd) Taulbee and husband Roger from Londonderry, New Hampshire and Daughter Kirsten Holahan from Wilmington, Massachusetts. Richard was also the grandfather and “Papa” to Tanya Lee Taulbee, Zachary Taulbee, Kevin Murphy, Emily Mae Murphy, Paris Dowd, Camden Dowd and Benjamin Frederick Holahan Banks who was his pride and joy, favorite boy and best form of medicine.

Richard also loved his 4-legged companion of 12 years, Sofie (Curly), who passed away on November 18, 2018.

Richard was a Loving, Dapper, Handsome, Strong, Unselfish, Funny, Kind and Caring Son, Brother, Husband, Hero, Father, Papa and Friend.

He enjoyed spending time in Maine with his Forever Love and Beautiful wife Barbara.

He loved woodworking, Painting, time in the sun, working in the yarf, listening to music and being with his dog.

Rest with Peace my beloved father …
Fly, Fly, Do not Fear,
Don’t waste another breath and don’t shed another tear . . .
Fly, Fly, the moment is right,
Go now and find the light . . .
Fly, Fly, to the sky, past the planets to the stars
Leave this crazy world of ours . . .
Escape your sorrow, with no more pain,
Fly again-
Beyond the hands of time, with no more reason, and no more rhyme . . .
now that your soul is pure and free, Please do not Worry . . .
As time goes by we will miss your more – wait for us at heaven’s door . . .
The sun will rise, the sun will set but it’s you I won’t forget . . .
Love you so very much
Your sense of humor and Superman Strength is unsurpassed . . .
Our love for you will forever last . . . K.H
“Better Days are Coming”

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA, on Wednesday, May 15th for Visitation from 10:00-11:00 a.m. immediately followed by a Service at 11:00 a.m. Interment with Military Honors will follow in the Veteran’s Section of Wildwood Cemetery in Wilmington.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Richard’s memory may be made to Local Heroes, Inc., P. O. Box 536, Wilmington, MA 01887.


13 Entries in Guest Book for “Richard T. Holahan”

  1. Ed and Mimi Curtin says:

    Our beloved friend and hero will never be forgotten. He was so strong and in charge. His love for his family let him be the great big softy he really was. His smile was infectious. A true gentleman in every sense. Rest now Dick. The pain is over. We love you and always will.

  2. Allan and Gail Kelly says:

    We are so sorry to hear about Richard. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Love, Allan and Gail

  3. Kim and Jim Stumpf says:

    We are so very sorry for your loss. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers… xoxo
    Kim and Jim Stumpf

  4. charlotte nagle says:

    Sorry to hear about Richard rest now in peace. Kind thought to the family.

  5. Fabiana and keith says:

    We are very sorry for your loss. Your father was a fighter and he remained very strong until the end. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  6. Susan Bernard Magner says:

    Dear Barbara , Kirsten, Kim, Dicky, And Colleen
    I am so saddened to hear of your loss. Your poem is such a wonderful tribute.
    I know how hard this was for all of you. But now your beloved husband and father is pain free. May your beautiful memories carry you through this difficult and wrap you in all the love you shared.
    God Bless you all and your beautiful families

  7. Collette says:

    I am so very sorry to hear that Dick lost his battle, but he certainly fought with strength and courage.
    My love, thoughts, and prayers are with you now and always.

  8. Lu-Ann Pozzi says:

    I am so sorry to hear of Dick’s passing. I have many found memories of hanging out at your house, having coffee and chatting with “Dad”. Sending you all love and light. Lu-Ann

  9. Ed says:

    Barbara, Kirsten, Kim and the entire Holahan Family
    Heartfelt condolences to you All. Dick wasn’t only a good Friend and neighbor but a good man who fought a great battle and will be sorely missed Rest in Peace
    The Kenney’s

  10. Cannata Family says:

    We are so sorry to hear of Mr. Holahan’s passing. Both our mother and father always thought a lot of him as a friend, neighbor, family man and human being. Our Dad always held “Richie’s” (as he called him) service during the Korean War and public service as a firefighter in the highest regard often talking about the courage it actually took to do what he did.

    Joe Jr., Frank, and Steve Cannata

  11. Alisa Orlando says:

    I`m so very sad to hear Dick has passed.It was my Honor and Privilege to know, and love, Dick.My Dear Friend Kirsten,and her family,I saw the Love and kindness,between all of you.He fought hard,but he couldn`t have done so,if he had not had the love and support of his Loving Family.I Love you all,and so heart achingly sad for you.You`re in my thoughts,Heart and Prayers,always.Love Alisa

  12. Terry Giannetto says:

    My heart goes out to you….Mrs Holahan, Kim, Kirsten, Colleen and Dickie, and the whole family… what a wonderful and loving man he was! I am so very sad for your loss, but hope that the wonderful memories you’ve made will comfort you. You are all in my prayers….

    Love you,

  13. Tim Powers says:

    Worked at Engine 3 Ladder 2 Medford Fire with this great guy
    Nicest guy you ever want to meet

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