Brent J. Riach

  • Born: April 1, 1948
  • Died: December 23, 2016
  • Location: Salem, New Hampshire

Cate & Johnson Funeral Home

243 Hanover Street
Manchester, NH 03104
Tel. (603) 625-5777

Tribute & Message From The Family

Brent J. Riach, 68, of Salem, NH, beloved husband of Susan M. (Booth) Riach, passed away after a courageous battle with cancer, on December 23, 2016 at the Merrimack Valley Hospice House in Haverhill, MA, surrounded by those he loved.

Born in Hardwick, VT, he was the son of the late George and Vivian (Villeneuve) Riach. He grew up in Littleton, NH, attended Littleton Schools, graduated Littleton High School Class of 1966, and attended The University of NH. He began a lifelong career in shoemaking with Connors and Hoffman Shoe Company, in Littleton, NH, moving on to Hyde Athletic Industries, and ending that career upon his retirement in 2015, after working for New Balance Athletic Footwear, where his heart and soul resided for 35 years. He loved making shoes and was a loyal mentor and friend to may of his co-workers and highly respected and admired throughout the industry. He was lovingly known as “Uncle” by his co-workers, and “Big Dog” by his many friends. His wit and sense of humor are legendary.

Brent was an avid golfer. He and his wife enjoyed working in their yard, sitting by the pool with family and friends, and taking many trips to the wine country in both California and the Finger Lakes Region of New York State.

He leaves his wife of 37 years, Susan Riach of Salem; two daughters, Kendra Strout and her husband, Frank Strout of Munroe, NH, and Kristyn Riach Mueller of Littleton, NH. He is also survived by his four grandsons, Joshua Riach, Jeffrey Riach, Frankie Strout and Brett Strout, and several nieces and nephews, all of whom will miss him dearly. He is survived by his twin brother, Kent S. Riach of N. Haverhill, NH, whom he cherished and adored; as well as his sister-in-law, Shelley Jolicoeur, and her husband, Ken of Deerfield, NH.

He was predeceased by his sister, Candy Beard of Merrimack, NH.

The family would like to thank the staff of the Dana-Farber Community Cancer Care at Holy Family Hospital, in Methuen, MA, and Merrimack Valley Hospice House for their devoted and loving care.

Arrangements are under the direction of Cate and Johnson Funeral Home, in Manchester, NH. To send a message of condolence, please visit their website at There are no calling hours. A celebration of Brent’s wonderful life will be held on Saturday, January 14, 2017 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Merrimack Valley Golf Club, 210 Howe Street, Methuen, MA.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Dana-Farber, PO Box 849168, Boston, MA, 02284, or Home Health VNA, Merrimack Valley Hospice, Home Care, Inc., 360 Merrimack St., Building 9, Lawrence, MA 01843.