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“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. ”
1 of 21 | Posted by: Priscilla and Don Belisle - NH

“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...Read More »
2 of 21 | Posted by: A friend

“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...Read More »
3 of 21 | Posted by: A friend

“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 ---...Read More »
4 of 21 | Posted by: Linda Brady

“You never have friends again like the friends you had when you were twelve.... God bless you buddy. ”
5 of 21 | Posted by: Jim Lavoice - Nashua, NH

“Any tee time is a good tee time..I'll take care of all things at the homestead!KpJ ”
6 of 21 | Posted by: A friend

“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...Read More »
7 of 21 | Posted by: Tom Gioseffi - Windham, NH

“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...Read More »
8 of 21 | Posted by: Maureen Baker - Methuen, MA

“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....Read More »
9 of 21 | Posted by: Molly Watcke - New Bremen, OH

“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...Read More »
10 of 21 | Posted by: Bobbi Walsh - Bradenton, FL

“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. ”
11 of 21 | Posted by: Ryo Pang

“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...Read More »
12 of 21 | Posted by: sheldon

“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....Read More »
13 of 21 | Posted by: Albertinus Hugo

Ain't no mountain high enough! “Ain't no mountain enough!Love you,Sheldon ”
14 of 21 | Posted by: A friend

“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...Read More »
15 of 21 | Posted by: Rachel Storey - Calais, VT

“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...Read More »
16 of 21 | Posted by: Joan Garvey - Haverhill, MA

setting of sun to rise again “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...Read More »
17 of 21 | Posted by: Toney Pozek - Clayton, GA

“Brent RIP and we know you are playing golf up there and ripping out birdies and pars.Miss you so much! ”
18 of 21 | Posted by: Joe Tutrone - Ipswich, MA

“His love for Susan and their devotion to each other were humbling. A great man. ”
19 of 21 | Posted by: Laurie Warnock - Hampstead, NH

“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...Read More »
20 of 21 | Posted by: A friend

“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...Read More »
21 of 21 | Posted by: Kristyn Mueller - Littleton, NH


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 www.catejohnson.com. 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.