Richard Austin Maloney

Richard Austin Maloney passed away quietly on October 2nd, 2016, surrounded by his loving wife of 50 years and his 4 daughters.

Rick’s greatest love in life was his family and spending time with them especially at his beloved home at Goose Rocks Beach. He spent countless hours reading his many, many, books, walking daily with his wife, sharing great food and cocktails, and taking a catnap just about anywhere. Throughout the last years that his disease took over his mind and body he never complained. He continued to take walks with Alice and although he became increasingly quieter in the last months, he continued to surround himself with his family in his home, and never lost his ability to inject his superb vocabulary, gained from his avid reading, into a conversation.

Richard was a 1967 graduate of Northeastern University and during his time there he began working for the bookstore. After graduating he began his 30+ year career managing the college bookstores at Northeastern University, Tufts and Bentley. After retiring from his position with Barnes and Noble, he moved onto his second career and worked for, what else, but a fantastic small book store in Winchester!

Rick is survived by his wife Alice Maloney of Malden, his children Katherine and Donald Toothaker of Bradford, Elizabeth and Michael Brennan of Cambridge, Carolyn and Edward Hagan of Topsfield, Antonia Maloney of Malden, his sister Joanne Margeson of Georgetown ,her husband Charles and their children, Holly and Ralph Gamache, Victoria and Jeffrey Hyer, and their children Spencer, Delaney, Austin, and Declan.

Rick was also blessed with 5 grandchildren, Demsey, Daniel, Patrick, Hope and Eve, whom he adored and showered with love…and books!

A service of memory will be held on Sunday October 9th at 2:00 at the First United Methodist Church at 645 Main St. in Melrose Ma. In lieu of flowers, please consider a children’s book donation to: Reach Out and Read at


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  1. Barbara Barwise on October 4, 2016 at 1:15 pm

    Our thoughts are with you.

    Rick will truly be missed at Goose Rocks – reading in his chair, all those long walks with Alice, “closing” the beach for the evening and most especially for being a great neighbor.

    With love to all.

    Stan and Barbara

  2. John Schmottlach on October 5, 2016 at 1:22 am

    Uncle Rick was a kind, gentle man. I loved spending time with him growing up, he could make anyone feel welcome and comfortable. A witty and dry sense of humor was always welcoming me at our family reunions. I was happy to see him one last time this year, even though it had been a while. He was still in there, even with the disease. I will miss him greatly.

    Tina and I will not be able to attend the memorial service on Sunday, but our thoughts will be with the family and we will be thinking of all the wonderful memories that we have of our deal Uncle Rick.

    Love and prayers to the family.

  3. Marion & Brendan Donovan on October 5, 2016 at 7:59 pm

    Heartiest hugs to all the Maloney Clan. We will miss
    book talk, carrier pidgeon discussions, Lexington High
    reminiscences, and shared times with our kids together
    at the beach.


  4. Rosemary Gavin Coughlan on October 5, 2016 at 8:07 pm

    Rick will always hold a special place in my heart. He was the kindest and sweetest man to me. I am sure he is hanging with the Floral Ave gang who were all there to greet him. My love to all of you. No man could have loved his wife and family more. The world needs more Rick Maloneys. Xoxo

  5. Lorrie DiCesare on October 8, 2016 at 12:06 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Loss is always hard but all the life he has left behind is what is important and will always be in your hearts. Alice he will always be by your side.

    Love, Lorrie and Gail

  6. David W Lloyd on November 2, 2016 at 4:39 am

    Sorry to hear of Rick’s passing. He was such a wonderful and gracious man with a quiet manner so reminiscent of his Dad. Edy and I were always happy to talk with Rick at family reunions.
    May God bless all of your family in this great loss, knowing he is in a far better place reunited with his Mom and Dad. Love to all, Edy and Dave Lloyd
    Tucson Az

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