Lawrence E. “Larry” Townsend
Randolph, Vt. — Lawrence E. “Larry” Townsend, 66, lifetime Randolph resident, died Saturday night, June 29, 2013, at his home following a long and courageous battle with cancer.
He was born June 10, 1947, in Bethel; the son of Dwight H. and Thelga (Stoddard) Townsend. Larry graduated from Braintree-Randolph High School, and received an Associate Degree from Vermont Technical College. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, and was married to Judith A. Braun in Randolph on Dec. 5, 1975. Larry had worked for General Electric in Pittsfield, Mass., then for the Randolph Post Office from 1974-2003, and Onion Flats from 2003-2005. He then worked for Clear Source and Endyne, Inc. and has served in the Vermont House of Representatives since 2008. He served several terms on the Randolph Selectboard and Randolph High School Board. He was a member of the Randolph Village Fire Department for 12 years, and served on the Board of East Valley Neighborhood Housing from 1983-1987. He was President of Randolph Neighborhood Housing from 1987-1989, and was voted Outstanding Local President for the Vermont Jaycees for his leadership of Randolph Jaycees. He enjoyed bowling and genealogy.
Survivors include his wife, Judith A. Townsend, of Randolph; sons, Tim Townsend, of Walls, Miss., Jeffrey Townsend and his wife, Mindi, of Appalachin, N.Y., Brian Townsend and his wife, Sarah Cloud, of East Bethel, and Jonathan Townsend, of Walls, Miss.; brothers, David H. Townsend, of Bethel, James W. Townsend, of Randolph, Rudolph M. “Rudy” Townsend, of Williamstown, and Garry Townsend, of Nashua, N.H.; four grandchildren, Morgan Franklin, Avery Townsend, Cole Townsend, and Liam Hanson; many cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Memorial Services will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 6 in Murray Auditorium at Randolph Union High School. Calling hours are from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, July 5 at the Day Funeral Home. Burial with full military honors will be at the convenience of the family at the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Randolph Center.
Contributions in his memory may be made to Gifford Medical Center, Last Mile Ride, P.O. Box 2000, Randolph, VT 05060. Online condolences may be left at www.dayfunerals.com.