Richard A. Schulz, Sr.
Woodstock, Vt. — Richard A. Schulz, Sr., formerly of Woodstock, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, at Brookside Nursing home where he had been a resident for many years. He was 82 years old.
Richard was born Sept. 11, 1931, in Mansfield, Mass., one of eight children of Walter Herman Schulz & Grace (Pike) Schulz. He was the only child of the eight who graduated from High School & then he attended a Boy’s State College in Mass. After that Richard & his twin brother Herb joined the Army together & were awarded high achievement recognition for their work as mechanics.
Upon returning from the military, Richard married Carol Stoddard of Walpole, Mass. Richard spent the next several years as a builder in the Foxborough & Mansfield, Mass. area. He ran a very successful construction company, building mostly new homes & was a leader in the local construction union. Then he & his family moved to Woodstock & he continued in the building trade as a self employed contractor, continuing his union affiliation. One project he was involved in was a renovation with his father-in-law (Leo Stoddard ) at the VA Hospital in WRJ, Vt. He was also well known as a “mister fix-it”.
Richard enjoyed the company of young people and taught Sunday school in Foxborough, Mass. The children were often treated to outings that included bowling, ice skating, & roller skating. Richard was a talented skater who would often waltz on ice & roller skates with his daughters. He & his family spent a lot of time camping. Eventually it turned into a caravan of many family & friends going along on this annual trek to Rangley Lake in Maine. While in Vt. the family enjoyed their hobby farm raising herdford cows, chickens, pigs, & horses.
Richard enjoyed sharing stories, tell jokes or play practical jokes on people. He was a gregarious man who loved to share the gift of laughter and enjoyed having a good time. While in Mass., Richard’s father (Walter) & several of his brothers would build & race their own cars. This led to a lifetime love of NASCAR. He also was a dedicated Red Sox & New England Patriots fan. He enjoyed playing the piano, bowling, hunting & snowmobile riding.
Richard is survived by his five children: daughter Denise Hagel & Jimmy of Sebring, Fla., granddaughter Callie-Jo & great-grandchildren Kaitlyn & Zachary of Fla.; daughter, Lisa Schulz of Grafton, N.H., grandchildren: Renee, Brian & Ericka, great-grandchildren: Christopher, Lindsay, Cassiday, Samantha, Kara & Eric; daughter, Lori Perron & Eugene of Quechee, Vt., grandson, Neil Perron of Chapel Hill, N.C.; son, Richard Schulz Jr. & Denise of Woodstock, grandsons: Ben & Eric of Woodstock; son, Bruce Schulz & Jody of Woodstock, grandson, Hunter & granddaughter, Madison of Woodstock.
Richard was predeceased by his wife, Carol, brothers Sam, Fred, Herb, Bill & Paul.
A memorial visitation will be held at the Cabot Funeral Home in Woodstock on Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations can be sent to the Woodstock Rec Center.
An on line guest book can be found at cabotfh.com.