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.

Condolence & Memory Journal

We will miss you, Brent. Rest assured that your SQ will be supported by us and many friends. You fought the good fight and deserve peace now.

Posted by Priscilla and Don Belisle - Litchfield, NH   January 06, 2017

If there was ever a man to for all look up to with heart felt admiration Brent surely was that man. I know your loving and warm soul is resting in peace and admired by all that are fortunate to be by your side.
Phil Gallagher

Posted by A friend   January 05, 2017

To the Riach family prays are with all. Brent and Kent along with their sister use to babysit for us when we lived in Littleton a wonderful loving family. Connie Weldon

Posted by A friend   January 02, 2017

Say " Hi " to Nana--Boompa and Candy !!  So glad your journey was peaceful and that I had the opportunity to take part in your care ---  As Always and Forever--Linda

Posted by Linda Brady    December 30, 2016

You never have friends again like the friends you had when you were twelve.... God bless you buddy.

Posted by Jim Lavoice - Nashua, NH   December 28, 2016

Any tee time is a good tee time..I'll take care of all things at the homestead!


Posted by A friend   December 28, 2016

Susan, when Diane and I heard Brent was sick I was in shock, like most. We are very sorry for your loss. I know he was your soul mate.
Our deepest sympathies to you and the family.
Tom & Diane Gio

Posted by Tom Gioseffi - Windham, NH   December 28, 2016


My thoughts and prayers to Brent ' s family during this difficult time. He was adored by everyone at New Balance....always had a kind word and contagious smile. He will be missed by all.

Posted by Maureen Baker - Methuen, MA   December 28, 2016

May the Road rise to meet you. May the winds be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face. The rains fall soft upon your fields. And until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of his hand.

Posted by Molly Watcke - New Bremen, OH   December 27, 2016


Susan my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Brent was a very special guy and I am sure he will be missed by many. May he Rest In Peace.

Posted by Bobbi Walsh - Bradenton, FL   December 27, 2016

I am so sorry about the loss of Brent. You are the great man I know and best teacher I meet. May you Rest in peace and no pain in the heaven.

Posted by Ryo Pang    December 27, 2016

I'm in awe of all the love that was shown to Brent and Susan while Brent was sick. Brent was truly a loved and respected man. From the USA to China he was know as Uncle Brent. He knew more about shoes than the people who wore them. You will be forever missed and never forgotten. I got SQ Brent.. don't worry.. you take care of Mrs. Blakley.. I'll take care of SQ.

Love you BR...


Posted by sheldon    December 27, 2016

Uncle Brent...many thanks for your kindness to me during 3 months working in Lawrence. I always remember your nice smile and warm greeting every day. Rest in peace...uncle Brent

Posted by Albertinus Hugo    December 27, 2016

Ain't no mountain enough!

Love you,


Posted by A friend   December 27, 2016

Kendra And Kristyn, I am so sorry for your loss. It is hard to loose a parent. It is so hard to loose them to a disease that they have to fight as you know. I am thinking of you all and you as well Susan even if our paths have never crossed. Just know he is no longer suffering and he is watching over all of you still. Love Rachel a old friend.

Posted by Rachel Storey - Calais, VT   December 27, 2016

Sue... I am so sorry about the loss of Brent. It was an honor to know him. He was a very special person and I saw how much you both loved each other. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

Posted by Joan Garvey - Haverhill, MA   December 27, 2016

My heart is full with sadness for Brent's passing but happy because I got to know him and that's he's graduated into the last great adventure! My love in Jesus to you, Susan and the rest of the family.

Posted by Toney Pozek - Clayton, GA   December 27, 2016

RIP and we know you are playing golf up there and ripping out birdies and pars.
Miss you so much!

Posted by Joe Tutrone - Ipswich, MA   December 27, 2016

His love for Susan and their devotion to each other were humbling. A great man.

Posted by Laurie Warnock - Hampstead, NH   December 27, 2016

Brent may you Rest in Peace! It was a pleasure to know you and share good times at Tammi and Charlie's annual Christmas parties.
Donna and Charlie Esoian, Holden, Ma

Posted by A friend   December 27, 2016

Dad, may you Rest in Peace and keep watch over all of us. I will cherish our memories created over the years forever. I love you more than words can say and will miss you every day. Until we meet again my daddy.

Posted by Kristyn Mueller - Littleton, NH   December 27, 2016