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ROGER P. REIDY Obituary
REIDY, Roger P. 87, of Framingham, entered into eternal life, surrounded by his family, on Saturday, January 19th, 2013. A gentleman and a scholar up to the end, Roger touched all who knew him by his deep Catholic faith, his humor, his keen intellect, and his passionate love for his wife and family. Born on March 17, 1925, Roger was raised in Newton, MA, graduating from Newton High School in 1942. He went on to Harvard University earning a B.S and M.S. in Civil Engineering as a member of the Class of 1946. While attending Harvard, Roger proudly served his country in WWII as an officer in the Navy Seabees. Stationed in Guam, Roger was responsible for the construction of airfields crucial to the war effort in the ongoing conflict in the Pacific. After leaving the service, he thrived as a structural engineer at the firm of his father, Maurice A. Reidy, and was involved in numerous Boston landmarks, such as the construction of the Copley Plaza Hotel, St. Anthony's Shrine, and renovations to the Old North Church. He eventually left the United States to work for the Catholic Church in Lima, Peru, with the Sons of Mary Missionary Society of Framingham, MA. In Lima, he met his wife, Imelda, and the two settled in Framingham, where they raised three children, Dana Babcock and her husband Herbert Babcock of Warren, Abby Walsh and her husband James Walsh of Hanover, NH, and James Reidy and his wife Maura Reidy of West Roxbury. Along with engineering, Roger started a film company, American Productions, and made promotional films for the Archdioceses of Boston and Miami. Roger was a wordsmith, the go-to speech-writer for family gatherings to class reunions, most recently giving the reflection for the memorial service at his 65th Harvard reunion. In 2006, he became a regular contributing columnist for the MetroWest Daily News, publishing dozens of columns pertaining to modern culture and the Church. He was known for his quick wit and unmatched ability to remain young at heart even as his body continued to age. He loved to talk, listen and laugh with his family as those moments gave him great joy even in times of illness. He was an avid sportsman, a golfer and skier, and a loyal fan of his beloved Boston sports teams. Roger was a dedicated parishioner of St. George's Church and an even more enthusiastic member of its choir. He loved to sing and was blessed with this ability into the final days of his life. Besides his wife and children, he leaves behind sons-in-law Herbert Babcock and James Walsh, daughter-in-law Maura Cunningham Reidy, granddaughters Victoria Grace Babcock and Clare Rose Walsh, grandsons Elijah James Babcock and James Patrick Walsh, sisters Mary Sparks, Sally Bergstrom and Judith Brigham, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his father, Maurice A. Reidy; his mother, Mildred L. Reidy and brothers Robert, Maurice (Sandy) and Francis (Parker). He was beloved by many; he lived a rich life, but is remembered most by all who knew him as "a good and decent man." The family would like to thank the staff at Kindred Hospital in Natick for their committed and loving care of our husband, father and grandfather. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, January 25, 2013 at 10:00 a.m in St. George's Church, 74 School Street, Framingham (Saxonville). Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. Burial will follow in Holyhood Cemetery, Boston. Calling hours at the Eugene J. McCarthy and Sons Funeral Home, 11 Lincoln Street, FRAMINGHAM will be on Thursday, January 24, 2013 from 4:00 to 8:00p.m.
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Published in The Boston Globe on Jan. 22, 2013
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