GEORGE "SPIN" MANSFIELD RICHARDSON - CHARLOTTE - Dr. Spin Richardson, 68, died on Nov. 15, 2013, at his home with his family in Charlotte. He was born on June 25, 1945, in Syracuse, N.Y., the son of George L. and Margaret Richardson. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame and Georgetown University Dental School, he did his residency in pediatric dentistry at Boston Children's Hospital. Spin spent his entire professional career at Timberlane Dental Group where he was one of the founding partners. He provided dental care to children from all walks of life across the state of Vermont and Northern New York. He was known for his compassion and care for those in most severe need and brought resolution to hundreds of children and adults with disabilities who had no other option. Spin was a firm believer in education and was a teacher to dental professionals and pediatricians. He advocated for access to children's oral health by serving as a member and chair of the Vermont State Dental Society's Government Programs Committee, as a member of the Vermont Delta Dental Board, as a State leader for Vermont's Oral Health Initiative, as Founder and Past president of the Vermont Society of Pediatric Dentists and as a Trustee to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. He found great joy in advocating for children's oral health at the State and Federal levels. The Vermont State Dental Society honored his work with and for children by giving him the Distinguished Service Award and the Peter Taylor Award for Exemplary Service to the Oral Health of Vermonters. Spin was the Chair of the Board of Our Lady of Providence Residential Care Facility. He served on the Planning Commission for the town of Charlotte for many years and was a known for asking "key" questions at town meetings. Spin was a long time member and past president of the Ethan Allan Club where he developed life-long friendships. Thursday cribbage, Sunday Harley rides and deer camp were some the best times of his life. Spin was a collector of antique vehicles and could be seen in holiday parades driving his 1926 American LaFrance fire engine. He had a great heart which drove his love of his family and all children and those in need of a helping hand. Spin is survived by his wife, Marilyn; his son, Matthew and his girlfriend, Amanda Jerry; his son, David and his wife, Kiesha; grandchildren, Donovan and Isabelle Luna; and sister, M. Catherine Richardson of Syracuse. The family wishes to thank all of their friends for their kindness and support, and Dr. Ades, Janet Ely, Julie Shevelin and all the staff at FAHC and Mary Loney and all of the Hospice staff for their excellent care and caring. An Irish Wake will be held at the Richardson home at 2757 Greenbush Rd., Charlotte, from 2 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013. A memorial mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, at 10 a.m. at St Jude's Catholic Church in Hinesburg. Arrangements are in the care of Corbin and Palmer Funeral Services. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Spin Richardson Public Policy Advocate Support Fund, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, c/o Dr. Warren Brill, 1001 North Point Blvd., Baltimore, MD 21224; or at Spin's request, "take a friend out and raise a pint to him."
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Published in The Burlington Free Press on Nov. 16, 2013