Superintendent of Burlington Building and Cemetery Division Richard Reid, 54


Burlington’s Superintendent of Building and Cemetery Division Richard Reid passed away this past Saturday morning, June 8, 2019.  He was only 54 years old.

Born in Woburn, Richard was son to Richard and Kathleen Reid. He was beloved husband to wife Arlene Reid and father to Mathew & Kevin Reid, Scott MacKenzie, Danielle and William McKenney, all of Billerica. He is survived by his sisters; Christine Nichols and Janette Mazzone, their children, and several cousins. 

He was a lifelong resident of Billerica and graduate of Shawsheen Technical High School where he studied Automotive. He went to work for the Burlington Department of Public Works in 1987. For the past 32 years, Richard worked at Central Maintenance, Highway, Water, and Cemetery Departments before being named Superintendent of the Building and Cemetery Division. 

He loved his work and refused to let others know how sick he really was so he could continue working. He had worked up until he was hospitalized June 3rd. He took a proactive approach to building repairs and maintenance saving the town 10’s of thousands of dollars. His finger prints are all over the town’s facilities.

He was very active in the labor unions as well as Billerica Elks. For many years he had his own business, MKR Construction where he built new homes in Billerica and Amesbury. Town of Burlington has lost a great employee and friend with Rich’s passing. Read the full obituary at Sullivan Funeral Home website

The Burlington School Committee spoke highly of Richard at their latest meeting Click Here to view. 

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