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Richard Larry "Dick" Vincent

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BELLINGHAM, Wash. -- Richard “Dick” Larry Vincent, 53, tragically lost his life in an accident on July 9, 2003 while traveling to visit family and friends in New York and Vermont.

Born May 5, 1950 in Troy, NY, he is the son of Mary Louise Denue Vincent of Berlin and the late Elmer Irving Vincent. He grew up in Berlin and was a 1969 graduate of Berlin Central High School. After graduation, he served in the United States Army until 1971 touring Vietnam. It was there he met his future wife. Deborah Cook, whom he married on Aug. 2, 1975.

Dick continued to serve his country in the National Guard. He was in Korea for three weeks and on the guard’s shooting team. He was in Saudi Arabia as a civilian in 1991 to be a physical trainer for their military. He retired from the guard as a staff sergeant in 1996. He received a bachelor of science degree in physical education from Western Washington University. Dick was also awarded a degree and received his license as a physical therapy assistant.

He was currently working at the Christian Health Care Center in Lynden as a P.T.A.

Among Dick’s interest were hunting, hiking, snowshoeing and target shooting. He was a member of the NRA. He also enjoyed wood-working and had many on-going projects.

Dick had a great love for soccer, which he coached, refereed and enjoyed playing. He also was a basketball referee. He attended Wiser Lake Chapel. Dick also enjoyed country and western music but his favorite was Barbra Striesand.

His greatest enjoyment came from his grandchildren. Survivors include his wife, Deborah; his mother, Mary Louise; two sons, Benjamin of Bellingham, Richard and his wife Brandy and their children Brittany and Joshua of Oklahoma; a daughter, Rebecca and her daughter Karylline of Bellingham; his two brothers and sisters-in-laws Roger and Nancy Vincent and their children Caleb and Marcia of Berlin; and Randy and Virginia Vincent and their son Jesse of Bennington, Vt. He also leaves behind numerous loving aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

He will be dearly missed by all. There will be no burial or funeral service. His ashes will be scattered by his wife and children on a spot he loved to hike and hunt: Church Mountain in Washington.

There will be a memorial picnic on Sunday, Aug. 3 at noon in the pavilion at the Cherry Plain State Park. Anyone who wishes to come and remember Dick are welcome. Bring a picture or a story and a dish to share. There is a $7 charge per car at the gate. Those who wish to remember Dick in a special way may make a contribution to the family. A memorial fund is being set up in Washington.
Published in Bennington Banner on July 16, 2003
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