Wyman School Community Says Final Goodbye

Students, teachers and parents pay their respects to Bill Rich.


When Bill Rich passed away unexpectedly last week, he left behind five biological children.

And a school-full of others.

Mr. Rich was the crossing guard for the Wyman Elementary School for years, helping students and teachers alike reach the building safely.

When Mr. Rich's funeral procession drove past the school last Thursday, Feb. 16, teachers and students were on hand to say one last goodbye and pay their final respects.

"He was a wonderful, kind, and gentle man," said Amy Abbott, a Wyman parent. "He took his crossing guard job seriously and always made sure our children were safe. He will be greatly missed by the Wyman School families."

A memorial wreath was left on Mr. Rich's corner after the funeral procession.

Mr. Rich was buried at the Woodbrook Cemetery.

Donations may be made in Mr. Rich's memory to the Mass. State Council, Knights of Columbus, 470 Washington Street, Suite 6, Norwood, MA 02062, Attn: Tootsie Roll Charity Fund.

Nick February 22, 2012 at 11:47 PM
I was in the funeral procession -looking out and seeing the students and staff made me cry, it truly was one of the most moving gestures I have ever seen. The students and staff should be commended, I am sure Bill was looking down smiling at all of them. God Bless
Danielle Masterson February 23, 2012 at 02:01 AM
I can imagine how moving it was for those in the procession, Nick. Here at Woburn Patch, we were emotional just posting the story and photos. Such a lovely, caring gesture by everyone at Wyman. Yet another reason why we're proud to be a part of this wonderful Woburn community!!


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