• "Judy, I heard today that Rich has gone on to a better..."
    - Chip Longino
  • "Judy, I am blessed to have met you and Rich on my life's..."
    - Barbara Covington Jones
  • "Judy, I am sorry to learn of your loss. Rich and I shared..."
  • "Dear Judy, I am so sorry to learn of Rich's death. I have..."
    - Terri Corcoran
  • "A Warm and wonderful man. So sorry to hear of his passing...."
    - Kevin Ryan



March 29, 1936 - March 18, 2017  
On Saturday, March 18, 2017, Rich Massabny passed away peacefully at his home in Arlington with his wife by his side. Massabny was a local cable television personality. For nearly 30 years, he was a theatre and restaurant reviewer on the popular "Arlington Weekly News TV" program, channel 69. He was also the host and producer of "Rich's Place", a cooking show with celebrity chefs and "Conversations with Rich," an hour-long talk show on Fairfax County's cable channel 10. Massabny was a welcome staple at theatre openings and was known to promote local community theatre productions. He was the recipient of many accolades and awards recognizing his interviewing skills. He was the longest running critic in the DC area. Rich was well known for his engaging personality, sense of humor, love of animals and music.
He was born in Brooklyn, NY but lived in Arlington for 60+ years. He was a former Board of Directors member of Second Chance Employment, past chairman of the Ms. Senior America-Virginia pageant, an occasional judge for the Taste of Arlington and an active member of the Boulevard Manor Civic Association. More information can be found on his website
Massabny is survived by his wife of 48 years, Judy; brother, Ronald Massabny of Annapolis, MD; sister-in-law, Terri Taylor of Falls Church, VA; brother-in-law, Jeff Taylor and wife Becky of Glenwood, MD; and six nieces and nephews, Casey, Billy, Kirby, Madison, Cooper and Rachel.
Funeral arrangements include visitation, Wednesday, March 22, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m., Murphy's Funeral Home, 4510 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Funeral service will be held at Murphy's, Thursday, March 23, 1 p.m., followed by a reception for family and friends in the Fellowship Hall at the Arlington Church of the Brethren, 400 N. Montague Street. Committal Service will be held on Friday, March 24 at 1 p.m. at National Memorial Park in Falls Church, VA. Donations to the Animal Welfare League of Arlington are encouraged ( Condolences may be sent to his wife, Judy Massabny.

Published in The Washington Post from Mar. 21 to Mar. 23, 2017
Arrangements under the direction of:
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