RICHARD "DICK" G. SPAULDING ALBANY, Vt. - Richard G. Spaulding, 60, a beloved husband, son, father, brother, educator, principal, mentor and friend, died unexpectedly Friday, April 4, 2014. Born in Burlington on Sept. 30, 1953, he was a son of Walter and Phyllis (Buck) Spaulding. On Dec. 30, 2004, he married Lisa Daniels Dunlavey and became a loving and devoted father to her children and later their off-spring. Dick attended Cambridge Elementary School, graduated from Lamoille Union High School, and then received his Bachelor and Master of Education degrees from Johnson State College. Dick had a lifelong passion for education, as an 18-year-old becoming the youngest school board member in the state of Vermont. He started his early teaching career in Wolcott and then Berkshire. Subsequently, he served concurrently as principal and teacher in Belvidere, later as principal of both Newport Center and Burke. More recently, he was a responsive interventionist counselor at Cabot School. Throughout his career, Dick was a role model to both other educators and most importantly to him, his students. Dick was constantly expanding his deep understanding of geography, history and science, and was sharing his wealth of knowledge with all who would listen. Dick was extremely eclectic in his interests, which ranged from hiking and wilderness exploring, to custom woodworking and playing the harmonica. Dick was an avid runner, cross-country skier, and cyclist. Dick was selfless; he would give you the shirt off his back if he thought it could help the current situation. He played multiple roles in bettering many Vermont communities and the lives of others. Recently, he was team leader of an ecumenical outreach trip to Valdosta, Ga., where over 350 young adults from all over America spent a week repairing and painting houses of people in need. He leaves his beloved wife, Lisa DunlaveySpaulding; mother, Phyllis Spaulding; children, Richard Spaulding Jr. and his wife, Kristy, Stephanie Spaulding, Tucker Dunlavey and companion, Danielle Nelson, Brendon Dunlavey and companion, Liza Jost, and Shannon Dunlavey; grandchildren, Elijah, Natalie and Nicholas; brother, Mike Spaulding; sister, Beverly Minor and husband, Tom; mother-in-law, Marilyn Daniels; brothers-in-law, Michael Jennings, David Daniels, and Marc Daniels and wife, Marybeth; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends. He was predeceased by his father, Walter Spaulding; and sister, Cindy Spaulding. Visiting hours will be held on Friday, April 11, 2014, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Church of God, 295 Crawford Road, Derby. A celebration of Dick's life will be held Saturday, April 12, 2014, at 11 a.m. in the Church of God, with the Rev. Nathan Strong and Pastor Lawrence Wall, officiating. Arrangements are by Lucien Hayes and staff of Heald Funeral Home, 87 So. Main St., St. Albans, where condolences may be sent to www.healdfuneral home.com
. Memorial contributions may be made to the Dick Spaulding Memorial Scholarship Fund, 1558 Delano Road, Irasburg, VT 05845.