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Remembering Our Friends
 Dick Easler
Untitled Document RICHARD A. "DICK" EASLER - of Woburn, December 1st. Beloved husband of Geraldine L. "Geri" (Chapski) Easler. Devoted father of Joanne Pomeranz and her husband Lenny of Hollis, NH, Dianne Barrucci and her husband Don of Burlington, Peter Easler and his wife Bridget of N. Reading, and Jeanne Urda and her husband Bryan of Townsend. Dear brother of D. Wayne Easler of Carson City, NV and the late Carl Easler. Loving grandfather of Adrielle and Cambria Pomeranz, Dalton, Kayleigh, Ryleigh, and Nataleigh Barrucci, Elizabeth, Rose, Abigail, and William Urda, and Maeve and Finn Easler. Funeral services are private. Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 480 Pleasant Street, Watertown, MA 02472. Arrangements by the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, Woburn.


Richard A. "Dick" Easler, 70, a longtime Woburn resident and former Transportation Planner for the City of Cambridge, passed away peacefully at Wilmington Health Care, surrounded by his family, on Saturday, December 1st. He was the beloved husband of Geraldine L. "Geri" (Chapski) Easler for over forty-seven years.

Born in Manchester, New Hampshire, he was the son of the late Donald and Carol (Wheeler) Easler. He graduated from high school in Manchester with the Class of 1960, and continued his education at Northeastern University, earning a degree in Civil Engineering in 1965. During his time at Northeastern, he worked as a co-op student with the team that designed the Kancamagus Highway in New Hampshire. He took great pride in the work that had been done, especially a few years later when he marveled at the feat of engineering that created the scenic byway.

Following his graduation from college, he married Geraldine Chapski, a young woman he had met at Trinity Church in Boston. They traveled to Georgia, where Dick earned two master's degrees in two years, one in City Planning and the other in Transportation Engineering. After working for the City of Atlanta for a year and then Baltimore for two years in the regional planning department, he returned to Massachusetts. For over thirty years until he retired due to health issues, he was the Transportation Planner for the City of Cambridge. 

Dick enjoyed woodworking in his leisure time, and made intricate grandfather clocks for his children when they married, as well as cradles and dollhouses for their children. He was a cherished "Grampy" to his twelve grandchildren, each of whom enjoyed a special relationship with him.

A humble, quiet man, he, along with his wife Geri, had a great love of nature. Members of WREN (Woburn Residents' Environmental Network) for many years, they walked around Horn Pond in Woburn on a daily basis, picking up trash along the way and helping to beautify the picturesque venue. They enjoyed traveling and, along the way, planted trees, whether it be in the Grand Canyon or Glacier National Park. Just a few years ago they enjoyed an eighty-mile canoe trip down the Allagash River in northern Maine. They left a true legacy of love wherever they went.

Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Carl Easler.

Surviving, along with his devoted wife Geri, are four children: Joanne Pomeranz and her husband Lenny of Hollis, New Hampshire, Dianne Barrucci and her husband Don of Burlington, Peter Easler and his wife Bridget of N. Reading, and Jeanne Urda and her husband Bryan of Townsend, and his brother, D. Wayne Easler of Carson City, Nevada. He was also the cherished grandfather of Adrielle and Cambria Pomeranz, Dalton, Kayleigh, Ryleigh, and Nataleigh Barrucci, Elizabeth, Rose, Abigail, and William Urda, and Maeve and Finn Easler. 

Funeral services will be private. 

Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 480 Pleasant Street, Watertown, MA 02472. 

Arrangements are by the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, Woburn.
 Richard Farr
Richard H. Farr
(Died December 19, 2009)

Born April 22, 1933, in Pittsfield, MA to Richard Harry Farr and Edith (Kerr) Farr. His early years were spent on a farm in Richmond, MA. with his grandparents George and Pearl (Howard) Farr.

He was a 1951 Graduate of Pittsfield High School and also a graduate of the General Electric Company Apprentice Tool Making Program. Throughout his career, he worked for Gillette Corporation, Hewlett Packard, Morningstar Corporation (later Costar) and Nylon Products (later NYPRO) He was a plastic mold designer.

He and his wife Joan Learned Farr celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary on November 29, 2009. The family moved to Woburn in 1966.

He was an avid gardner from an early age. He and his wife maintained an extensive garden at their home. They enjoyed nature and took many wonderful trips together.

Prior to his illness, he was an active member of Lexington Field and Garden Club, helping to maintain Emery Park, gardens at the National Heritage Museum and working at the club's annual plant sale. He also won several ribbons at the New England Flower Show.

He was also a member of WREN (Woburn Residents Environmental Network) where he was steward of the Rag Rock Conservation Area and helped with many of the group's work projects.

In addition to his wife, he leaves his beloved children daughter, Debra Windoloski and her husband David of Hadley; a son David and his partner Carolyn Albee of Belmont N.H. ; a son Dennis of Ayer; daughter Karen Arsenault and her husband Robert of Milford; daughter Kathleen Kelly and her husband Brian of Reading. He also leaves Dennis' former wife Mary Beth Lyons. He was predeceased by an infant son Kevin. He also leaves his five wonderful grandchildren- Daniel Arsenault and his fiance Meghan Bartlett and Michael Arsenault; Lindsay Farr; Tara and Greg Kelly.

In his youth, he was active in the Boy Scouts of America where he attained the rank of Eagle Scout. He was so proud that his grandsons Daniel and Michael followed in his footsteps and also became Eagle Scouts.

He was a member of the First Congregational Church in Woburn He passed away at his home, on Saturday, December 19 at the age of 76 with his wife and other family members at his side. Memorial visiting hours will be held at the Douglass Funeral Home at 51 Worthen Road in Lexington on Wednesday, December 30 from 4 to 8 PM. A memorial service will follow at a later date. In Lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to VNA Hospice care 100 Sylvan Rd. G-500 Woburn, MA 01801

 Jack Wright

It is with deep sadness I report the death of Jack Wright, husband of Betty Wright, both ArlingtonBirders. Many of you will have met Jack at Menotomy Bird Club meetings, or occasionally on a club trip at Horn Pond.

I knew Jack even before I was a birder, because he lived just up the street from me, and I got to know him even better after he married Betty, a woman I knew from college days. When I discovered birding, I also discovered they shared this interest, along with a broad interest in things natural.

Jack was passionately interested in all sorts of things. He climbed Horn Pond Mountain every day, and I would often see him there and he would point out wildflowers, and I would point out birds (Jack was hard of hearing, so I often heard birds before he did). He loved the bluebirds that nested on top of the mountain, and we would share observations of their behavior and their young with great pleasure. Both of us loved watching the butterflies, and when we ran into each other we'd often wander the summit looking for them. One day a few years ago, we were wandering along the trail and he showed me mineral deposits of epidote, a green crystaline mineral, and I was so enchanted that I gathered a number of samples that still live in a bowl on my coffee table.

Jack also kept a garden at the Horn Pond Community Gardens, and since this is another great butterfly spot, I'd often run into him there, and he'd share his observations with me. For the past few years Jack and Betty have done the Horn Pond part of the Christmas Bird Count with Paul and Diana and me.

I will miss seeing Jack in all these places.

- Marj. Rines, Menotomy Bird Club

My husband and I just met Jack this year, but we have many special memories of the times we got to spend with him in those few short months:

Walking the trails on Horn Pond Mountain together, picking up trash and enjoying the red-tailed hawks on the powerlines...

Our first time seeing the Brooks Estate, on a trip with Jack and Betty this past spring, watching the cedar waxwings play hide-and-seek in the trees (where we took these photos)...

Jack teaching us how to recognize a goshawk, at this year's Conservation Day cleanup at Horn Pond...

Getting my first closeup view of a hairstreak through Jack's binoculars - the ones with the eyepiece held in place by duct tape. (I don't think I've ever seen Jack without those binoculars!)...

Eating lasagna made with zucchini from Jack's garden, and smoothies made with blueberries which we picked together just last month...

Jack was a gentle, thoughtful man, and I wish I had had more time to share with him. I miss him, and will feel his absence (and his presence) whenever I walk Horn Pond Mountain.

Sally Ryken, WREN member