- Deceased's name: Richard Marshall Carner
- Age: 89
- Date: January 2, 2013
- Hometown: Woburn
Richard Marshall Carner of Woburn, after a courageous battle of lung cancer passed away peacefully on January 2, 2013 of the age of 89. He is survived by his loving wife June (McKee) of 66 years.
Born on February 20 1923 in Providence RI, he was the son of the late Herbert and Mildred (Lussier) Carner. He was predeceased by his sister Doris Narcovich and his brother George Carner. Richard and his siblings grew up in East Riverside, RI. As a teenager he worked with his mother during the summers’ at the now historical “Looff Carousel” in Riverside, RI. He then joined the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) for two years before entering the United States Coast Guard in 1942, serving his country in WWII. During his enlistment in the Coast Guard he was training to be a pharmacist’s mate studying at Boston City Hospital. While there he assisted Doctors in the treatment and care of Clifford Johnson, who was severely burned in the Coconut Grove fire. He was stationed in Ivatuck, Greenland for 16 months before returning to the states. He attended the Coast Guard Radio School in Atlantic City where he graduated as Radioman 2nd Class in 1945. From there he served in Sitka, Alaska on Biarka Island for six months returning to Boston where he was Honorably discharged in March of 1946.
He started work at Mass Wharf in 1946, for five years. He was then employed as an Electronic Engineer by ECA for five years and RCA in Burlington for 27 years where he retired. Richard was a devoted member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Woburn. He was recognized for his dedication and hard work in the church and was honored with a plaque that made him so proud. In 1999, he played a major role in the remodeling of the Hammond Square Preschool and in 2002, the school playground was dedicated to him.
His great passion for gems and minerals led him to join the North Shore Gem and Mineral Club for over 45 years. He created silver jewelry and faceted stones, and he taught people with similar interest as himself. His family is left with a wonderful collection of his work. He also built his own telescope polishing the lens himself. He did woodworking, building all his daughters beautiful wall clocks as well as many items and furniture for the home. His innovative and brilliant creativity lead him to excel at every job and hobby he tackled. His ability to teach himself some of the most technically challenging skills in the Engineering world and ability to invent and create various machines to perfect his love of polishing and faceting gems & stones, brought him the love and admiration of so many co-workers, family, and friends. He was dearly loved and will be greatly missed by all whose lives he touched.
In addition to his loving wife June, Richard is also survived by his daughters Linda Grant and her husband Ronald, his daughter Donna Robbins, Dianne Doherty and her husband Joseph and Susan Carner. He was cherished grandfather of Kerri Grant McPherson and her husband Erik, Sherri Grant Wellman and her husband Johnny, Kristi Grant Freeman and her husband Glenn, Alison Grant and her fiancé William Raulinaitis, Kevin Robbins, Kellie Doherty, Keith Doherty, Brad Doherty and his wife Kristin and the late Robbie Robbins and late Ryan Grant. And he was the loving Great Grandfather of Hunter and Traci Wellman, Gregory Freeman and Raven McPherson. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews, as well as, great nieces and great nephews in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Special Thank You to Barbara and Jay Torrice, their sons Josh and Joe, Mary Rooney and the Hallmark Hospice Health and home health aide Helene Sawyer.
A funeral service will be held at the Trinity Episcopal Church 535 Main St., Woburn on Saturday, January 5 at 10:00 am. Visiting hours will be at the Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Rd., Woburn on Friday, from 4-8 pm. Burial with Military Honors will be at the Woodbrook Cemetery in Woburn. Donations in Richard’s memory may be made to the Trinity Episcopal Church, 535 Main St., Woburn, MA 01801; or the charity of your choice.