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Richmond Congdon


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Richmond Congdon

1975 - 2016 HOLYOKE, MA - Richmond S. "Rich" Congdon, Jr., 40, died unexpectedly on May 15th in his home in Holyoke, Massachusetts. He is survived by his partner, and the love of his life, Brattleboro native Alyssa Korin Rogers, and his son Jonathan Richmond Congdon of St. James, NY. Born in Rutland, Vermont, on December 11, 1975, to parents his parents, Richmond S. Congdon, Sr. and Bonnie L. Congdon, he grew up with 7 other half brothers and sisters in Wallingford VT. He is predeceased by both parents. As a youth, he loved sports and played on a number of teams. He served his country proudly on the USS Kentucky submarine. He was stationed in both King's Bay, Georgia, and Jacksonville, Florida, before transferring to Saratoga, NY where he taught at the Navy Nuclear Prototype division school. During that time he also achieved a Bachelor's of Science degree in Management from New School University. Always loyal to his country, he later joined the Navy Reserves, and the Air National Guard at the Barnes Air Base in Westfield, MA. Rich had a profound career in the nuclear power industry and worked for 12 years for Entergy Vermont Yankee starting out as a manager in the training programs. During that time he also completed the Nuclear Regulatory Commission training program and became licensed to operate the plant and served as a shift supervisor at the Nuclear Power Plant in Vernon, VT. More recently he accepted a project management position with ISO New England working out of Massachusetts & Connecticut, where he learned about more of the operations of all power sources to the grid, including wind turbines, solar, hydro, and coal energy. Rich loved being outside, especially hiking, biking, and had a deep and abiding love for the ocean. A huge sports fan all his life, Rich loved his Boston teams, especially the Red Sox and the Celtics, and Notre Dame football was a huge passion. He loved college football in the fall in general. Saturdays featured multiple games on the TV and something delicious in the slow cooker. Rich possessed the rarified blend of gentleness and strength. He had a respectful and understated demeanor. Never attention seeking, Rich was about as solid and dependable as anyone you could ever meet. He was generous with his time and resources, the door was always open to his friends and family and there was always plenty to eat. At first encounter, Rich tended to be reticent, but once comfortable, he would truly open up when interested in explaining something, spinning a narrative in impressive detail. Rich had a playful and good-natured devious side, quick to tease and chide those he cared about. Rich spent his life creating family everywhere he went. He will be grieved and missed by his Navy brotherhood and U.S.S Kentucky comrades, his Vermont Yankee family , his newly formed ISO family, and especially his chosen Vermont families including surrogate father Jack Ainsworth, the Rogers family, Bokum family, Cleveland family, Fisher family, Gabree family, Sprague family, Bernier-Sontag family, and Schrull family. As well as his beloved weimaraners, Elliot & Henry. FUNERAL NOTICE: Visiting hours at will be held at Atamaniuk Funeral Home, 40 Terrace St., Brattleboro, VT on Friday, May 27th from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. There will be a Memorial Gathering at the All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church at the West Village Meeting House at 29 South St., Brattleboro, VT on Saturday, May 28th at 1:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Rich's honor to: Holyoke Soldiers Home, 110 Cherry St., Holyoke, MA 01040; Dakin Animal Shelter, 171 Union St., Springfield, MA 01105 or Windham County Humane Society, P.O. Box 397, Brattleboro, VT 05302. To sign an online guestbook with messages of condolence please visit www.atamaniuk.com
Published in Brattleboro Reformer on May 24, 2016
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