Obituary of Richard F Steadman
Steadman, Richard – The Man, The Myth, The Legend, passed away at home surrounded by family and friends after a brief illness. Born in Malden to Mary (Englehutt) Steadman, Richie moved to Burlington in his early teens where he was blessed to find friendships that have continued for a lifetime.
Rich had worked for 22 years at Mack Trucks in Alston. He was a diesel mechanic, helped fabricate fire engines, and taught the new customers how to operate the equipment. It wasn’t unusual for him to stop by his home to show off a new engine to his daughter and the neighborhood kids before it was delivered. For the second half of his career he worked for 18 years in the building maintenance department of Wire Belt Company. He could fix almost any problem he encountered.
Richie was always up for an adventure and loved to travel. Richie and Evelyn were quite the jetsetters, doing trips all over the US, Europe, Russia, Iceland, and most recently a trip to Normandy in June. The company was always great, as Richie and Evelyn traveled sometimes with their group of friends from high-school and other times with their daughter and grandsons. They made many memories that all will cherish forever.
Richie was a person who loved people and once a friend you were always a friend. He had countless circles of friends which included childhood, coworkers, motorcycle friends, neighbors, and countless others. He was a regular at Dunkin Donuts in the center of Burlington. Sometimes he would be there as many as three times a day for a cup of coffee. But everyone knew, he enjoyed chatting it up with the guys, and seeing others. Richie was survived by his world, his family: his wife of 54 years Evelyn (Peters) Steadman, His daughter Nanci Steadman Carroll and her husband David of Billerica, and the greatest joy he ever knew; his two grandsons Nicholas and Anthony DiCicco of Billerica. He was the brother of Patricia Shapiro & her husband Gerald of Medfield and James Steadman of Woburn & his late wife Margaret and brother-in-law of Kenneth & Martha Peters of Wolfeboro, NH. He was also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Visiting hours will be held at the Edward V. Sullivan Funeral Home, 43 Winn St., Burlington on Sunday, Dec. 17 from 3-6 p.m. Funeral from the Sullivan Funeral Home on Monday, Dec. 18 at 9 a.m. Followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Margaret Church in St. Veronica Parish, www.stveronicama.org, 111 Winn Street, Burlington, at 10 a.m. Services will conclude with a burial in Pine Haven Cemetery, Burlington. Memorials in Rich’s name may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, www.stjude.org, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. For online guestbook and video tribute see www.sullivanfuneralhome.net
Edward V. Sullivan
43 Winn Street
Burlington, MA 01803
Ph: (781) 272-0050