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Gary P. Richardson


Tuesday, February 19, 2019

PERKINSVILL, VT — Gary Parker Richardson passed away on the morning of February 16th. He was 83.

Gary was born on April 23rd, 1935 to Hyland Warren Richardson and Ruth Ann Parker Richardson. He grew up in Springfield, Vermont and graduated from Springfield High School in 1953. He played football, basketball and baseball, and was scouted by the Red Sox his senior year (pitching). He was voted Most Dramatic in High School.

He attended the University of Vermont and studied Business Economics, graduating in 1957. He was in Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and played banjo in a Dixieland Jazz Band.

He did 6 months basic military training after graduating (Fort Dix). Then he went to work for American Locomotive Company (ALCO) in New York City.

He moved in across the hall from Barbara Ann Spinelli in 1959 and it was love at first sight. They were engaged two weeks after they met and married about a month later. On October 27th this year they would have been married 60 years.

Gary and Barbara moved to Chicago shortly after they were married. Their first two children were born there, Robin in 1964 and Andrew in 1968. They then moved back to Vermont and Gary took a job as Plant Manager of the Mack Molding Company in Cavendish. Their third child, Scott, was born in Springfield in 1970.

Gary had a huge number of interests. He liked fishing, camping, the Green Bay Packers, the Red Sox, and auto racing. He loved movies and books. He taught his children to play a wide variety of card games. He was an American history buff and an avid stamp collector. In the early 1980s he started singing barbershop and he never stopped. He sang for years with the North Country Chordsmen in Hanover, New Hampshire and the highlight of that for him was singing and competing with the Top Drawer Four barbershop quartet. He was involved with Town of Weathersfield activities and served on the school board.

Gary was a lifelong golfer, and Crown Point Country Club was one of his favorite places in the world to be. He took his son and grandchildren golfing with him and played Twilight League for years.

He retired from his job at Mack Molding after 25 years and ran for Representative to the Vermont House. He held three two-year terms there. When he retired from the House he wrote a series of mystery novels based in Vermont that highlighted some of the political themes he dealt with during his time in Montpelier. He was a member of the Upper Valley Stamp Club and the Sherlock Holmes Club.

Gary was a very kind and generous man, and his gentle smile and warm disposition have been mentioned repeatedly by those who knew him.

Gary is survived by wife Barbara, of Weathersfield, Vermont, daughter Robin, who lives in Kinvara, Ireland, and son Andrew and daughter-in-law Emily, who live in Port Chester, New York. He had six grandchildren: Laura, Niamh, Michael and Abigail McArdle, Jack and Kate Richardson, and also loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral will be held at Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield, Vermont on Thursday, February 21. Visitation will begin at 1 p.m. and services at 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Gary’s memory may be made to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation - Vermont Northern New England Chapter, 114 Perimeter Road Nashua, NH 03063 or to the Springfield Humane Society 401 Skitchewaug Trail Springfield,Vt. 05156.