Richard W. Petrie
1940 - 2014 DUMMERSTON Richard W. Petrie Sr., 73, of Rice Farm Road, died unexpectedly at his home with his wife Maureen and nephew Donald Franklin by his side. Born July 10, 1940, at home in Guilford, he is the son of Walter and Etta Akeley Petrie. He attended the one room school house across the road from his family home,on Hinesburg Rd., in West Guilford and later attended Brattleboro Union High School. As a young adult, he worked for H. Margolins in Brattleboro, as well as transporting mail for Charlie Kelton. His passion for farming led him to manage the Nelson Bump Farm in Halifax. He was also a long term employee at Henry's Transportation, where he hauled milk. His love for farming led him to purchase his own farm, which he ran for 22 years, on Barrows Road in West Brattleboro. He retired from farming, and sold his farm in 2011. In addition to farming, Richard enjoyed gardening, hunting, fishing, hosting pig roasts at his farm, and visiting with family and friends. Richard was predeceased by his parents, Walter and Etta; his brother, Herman Petrie, and his sisters, Shirley and Frieda Franklin. He is survived by his brother, Edward Petrie, of Guilford; his sister, Jane Slicer, of La Fargeville, N.Y.; his wife of 42 years, Maureen M. Petrie, of Dummerston, whom he married Sep. 5, 1971; five children, Richard W. Petrie Jr. and fiance, Tina LaFlam, of Guilford, Mary P. Stevens, of Patterson, Ga., Julie P. Deyo and husband, Kevin, of Brattleboro, Lance Thereault, of Brattleboro, and Diane Petrie and her partner, Paul Boyd, of Guilford; eight grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and close friends. FUNERAL NOTICE: A life celebration service will be held Feb. 21, 2014, 3 to 7 p.m. at Fraternal Order of Eagles, 54 Chickering Drive, Brattleboro, VT. Donations in Richard's memory may be made to the Brattleboro Fire Department.
Published in Brattleboro Reformer on Feb. 14, 2014