Richard B. Viger, 52 years old, of Lynn, died unexpectedly at his home on Thursday, January 24, 2013. He was born in Boston, the son of Ramona (Greenough) Viger of Peabody and the late Archie B. Viger.
A livelong resident of Lynn, Richie graduated from Lynn Tech, Class of 1978. Richie formerly worked at the General Electric Company, Riverworks and the Lynn Housing Authority before starting his basement clean-out and hauling business, Rich's Removal in Lynn. In 1986, Richie along with John's Oil Company co-founded the Lynn Christmas Eve Parade. Known as the" People's Parade", by Richie, he loved to bring smiles to the city and the spirit of the holiday season every Christmas Eve, to old and young alike. Richie went out of his way throughout his life to help others without expecting a thing in return. He loved to stop during the parade with a surprise visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus and visit a sick child or a family in need in the city. He had a true fondness for the City of Lynn, and the City of Lynn had one back for him. There will never be another Richie Viger. He will be missed by the many lives he touched along the way and by his lifelong friends, John Walsh, Jay Walsh, Bob Parrish, Janet Melanson, Charles Gaeta, Daniel Cahill, and Rick Ford.
In addition to his mother, Ramona (Greenough) Viger, he is survived by his sister, Jeanne (Viger) Epstein and her husband Robert of Peabody, his brothers Donald and Norman Viger of Peabody, his brother, David Viger, Sr. and his wife Pamela of Lynn, his brother Steven Viger and his wife Deborah of Lynn and his brother Ralph Viger and his wife Ellen of Peabody . He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
Richie's funeral will be held on Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 11:00 AM in the SOLIMINE, LANDERGAN AND RICHARDSON FUNERAL HOME, 426 Broadway (Rte 129) Lynn. He will be carried to Pine Grove Cemetery on the John's Oil Truck with Santa and Mrs. Claus accompanying him, just like the many Christmas Eve Parades he loved. The funeral will process from the Solimine, Landergan and Richardson Funeral Home to Chestnut Street, go via Western Avenue to Summer Street and then back up Boston Street to Pine Grove Cemetery. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Visiting hours are on Wednesday from 4:00 to 8:00 PM
Donations may be made to Lynn Christmas Parade, c/o John's Oil, 15 Avon Street, Lynn, MA 01905
Read Richard Viger's Obituary and Guestbook on solimine.com.