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LONDONDERRY, NH: Richard M. Willey Jr., 74, of Londonderry, N.H. passed away on Thursday, December 31, 2015 at his home surrounded by his loving family following a long and courageous battle with Leukemia. He was born on July 28, 1941 in Boston, a son of the late Edith (Barker) and Richard M. Willey Sr.

He was Sr. VP of Sales & Planning for B&M Railroad / Guilford Transportation for 49 years. Upon his retirement, he spent most of his time with his family. Summer vacations in Freedom, N.H. and then in recent years at Old Orchard Beach, Maine.

He was married to Joan for 49 years and resided in Londonderry, where he raised his three children. He belonged to the St. Marks Masonic Lodge in Derry and held the title of Master in 1975. He was immensely grateful for his wife Joan who cared for him tirelessly and was his caregiver especially in the last few years of his life.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Joan M. (Burke) Willey of Londonderry, three children, Richard M. Willey III and his wife, Andrea of Londonderry, Russell A. Willey and his wife, Debra of Concord, N.H. and Julie A. Raza and her husband, Matthew of Londonderry; five grandchildren, Alyssa, Jessica, Nicole, Emma and Ryan; one sister, Carla Lincoln and her husband, Steve of Somerville; one brother, Ronald Willey of Winchester, Mass., several nieces and nephews; as well as his mother-in-law, Margaret L. Burke of Somerville, Mass. He was predeceased by one brother, Robert Willey.

Calling hours was held on Wednesday, January 6, 2016, from 3 to 7 p.m. in the Peabody Funeral Homes and Crematorium, 290 Mammoth Road, Londonderry. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, January 7, at 11 a.m. in the funeral home. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Gilcreast Road, Londonderry. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Dana Farber, 40 Buttrick Road, Londonderry, NH 03053. A special thank you to the wonderful staff at Dana Farber in Londonderry who took such great care of him.
Published on  January 7, 2016
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