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Mr. Anthony L. Rickley
  • St. Athanasius Church
    300 Haverhill ST.
    Reading, MA 01867

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“Our Dearest Friend Anthony,You were more than just a friend,you were a very nice person as well as a perfect engineer during your remarkable career...Read More »
1 of 10 | Posted by: YALCIN OYAL

“ONE OF MY BLESSINGS IN LIFE WAS WHEN I MET "TONY" DURING MY SHORT TIME AT ST ATHANASIUS (2007 & 2009 ) IT DID NOT TAKE LONG...Read More »
2 of 10 | Posted by: FR. GIANNI - WAKEFILED, MA

“Pat, Nancy and Martha: Deepest sympathy for your loss. I'm unable to travel at this time or we would have attended your dad's wake. Please know...Read More »
3 of 10 | Posted by: Kathleen and Joseph Awad - MA

“Tony was a great man and a dedicated Catholic Christian. He loved his parish and was always supportive of me in my ministry. He and Helen...Read More »
4 of 10 | Posted by: Father Bill Kremmell - Reading, MA

“All our Love from Our Lady of the Assumption Parish in Lynnfield!!Pat & Rich especially from your 7th grade class!!!!! ”
5 of 10 | Posted by: Stephen Gannon - Lynnfield, MA

“Tony happily told of how he pioneered Doble in Brazil when he was invited on an all-expenses-paid trip by a top Brazilian utility to introduce Doble....Read More »
6 of 10 | Posted by: Marshall Turley - Vail, CO

“A no nonsense, larger than life personality, I will miss Mr. Rickley greatly. Heard many a story of his life with Doble and his encounters with Mr....Read More »
7 of 10 | Posted by: Lance Lewand - West Townsend, MA

“Dear Uncle Rick,You will always take your place in our hearts with your good personality and I think, me and my family are the lucky ones that we...Read More »
8 of 10 | Posted by: A friend

“Tony left his footprints on so many hearts! He was so generous to all with his time and talent, always willing to help anyone, anytime! As he joins...Read More »
9 of 10 | Posted by: Nancy MacAllister - Reading, MA

“What a wonderful man Rick was. Always was upbeat and cheerful and so respected by all that knew him. A true blessed human of a man! Sincerely, ...Read More »
10 of 10 | Posted by: Billy McCaughey - Lowell, MA


Anthony L. Rickley (Tony, Rick) of Reading, formerly of Lawrence, passed away peacefully at the age of 94 on Friday, January 8, 2016. Rick was predeceased by his loving wife of 67 years Helen (DeFusco) and his parents, Adelina (Gallo) and Louis.

Rick had three passions in life; family, work and community. He was a constant source of strength, support and wisdom, acting as a rudder for his family. He worked tirelessly to make a better life for them. A highlight of Rick's day was maintaining correspondence by email with family and cherished friends. His devotion to his community began when he joined the US Navy on 3/31/1942 and served for 3 years, 6 months and 18 days until the end of the war with Japan. He was credited with participation in the American Theater, and the Asiatic / Pacific Theater, awarded the WWII Victory Medal and Good Conduct Medal. Rick was chosen for the V-12 Program (Officer's Candidate School), earned an electrical engineering degree from Tufts University and built a career with Doble Engineering Company spanning 62 years. He started his work career at Doble as a student engineer in 1947 and retired as Doble's senior vice president. During this remarkable career, Rick served on the Board of Directors as well as a consultant. He authored and published more than 100 technical papers. Rick presented his papers world-wide at various conferences sponsored by his company, building a global network of colleagues and friends. Rick was a founding member of the Reading Y's Men organization; the seed of today's Reading YMCA. He served as a Reading town meeting member for 37 years, sometimes serving as the unofficial chaplin. Rick was a faithful communicant of St. Athanasius Church with the distinction of being one of St. Athanasius' first families.

Rick will be greatly missed by his loving family; his daughter Patricia Quade and her husband Richard; his daughter Nancy Taylor and her husband James; his daughter Martha Polley and her husband James; four grandchildren; four great grandchildren; a brother, three sisters and a brother-in-law; numerous nieces; nephews; several great nieces and nephews; and all those who were touched by his generosity, kindness and wisdom.

A Funeral Mass celebrating Anthony's Eternal Life will be held in St. Athanasius Church, 300 Haverhill St., Reading on Wednesday, January 13th at 11:00 am. Family and friends are cordially invited to gather and share remembrances with the Family on Tuesday, January 12th from 4-8pm in St. Athanasius Church. Interment will be at Forest Glen Cemetery, Reading.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Anthony's memory to St. Athanasius Church, 300 Haverhill St, Reading MA, or Sawtelle Family Hospice House 320 Haverhill Street, Reading, MA.