Richard J. Woodburn
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Salem, NH - Richard J. Woodburn, 78, recently of Salem, passed away peacefully on September 22, 2019, at the Cedar View Nursing Home in Methuen. Born in Lawrence on March 28, 1941, to the late William and Mary (Daigle) Woodburn, he attended Methuen schools graduating from Tenney High School with the class of 1960. After graduating from school, like so many of his generation, Richard answered the call to service and enlisted in the United States Army. After his honorable service that lasted nearly eight years during the Vietnam War, Richard returned back to the Merrimack Valley to raise his family. He worked for many years as an engineer for Bay State Gas until his retirement.
Richard was a devout lifelong Catholic where his faith was deeply rooted. He served as a deacon for Saint Anne's Parish in Hampstead, N.H., very involved with the Knights of Columbus of Methuen, and was a part of the Men's Guild at Holy Family Hospital for several years. Richard was a devoted family man who loved fishing, boating, and enjoyed spending time in the greater outdoors. He will fondly be loved, cherished, and missed by all.
Richard is survived by his two beloved children, his daughter Susan Grillo of Chandler, Ariz., and his son David Woodburn and his wife Cathy of Methuen. He was the proud grandfather to Craig Grillo of Dover, N.H., and Cameron Grillo, also of Chandler, Ariz. Richard is also survived by his brother, William Woodburn Jr. of Vernon, Conn. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife Joyce (Martin) Woodburn; and his daughter Annmarie Woodburn. After the death of his first wife, Richard found love again and was predeceased by his second wife Kathleen (Barone) Woodburn.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, September 24, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. at Saint Anne's Parish, 26 Emerson Avenue, Hampstead, NH 03841. To honor Richard's wishes, there will be no calling hours and interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Richard's memory to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, 450 Brookline Avenue, Boston, MA 02215. To leave an online condolence please visit The Kenneth H. Pollard Funeral Home is proud to serve the Woodburn Family.
Published on September 23, 2019


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His forgotten son Mark
Oct 09, 2019
A devoted family man wouldn’t have tortured his dying daughter in her last months of life. Furthermore telling his son that he’s dead to him over money.
Michael Kisiel
Sep 23, 2019
I grew up across the street from the Woodburn’s. Richard was a great family man and devoted husband. My condolences for the family
Linda (Hajj) Kanan
Sep 23, 2019
I worked with Dick at Lawrence Gas many years ago. He was always so cheerful and polite. Please receive my sincere condolences...