Frank H. Richardson

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MONTPELIER - Frank H. Richardson, formerly of Montpelier, passed away in Leesburg, Florida, on July 4, 2018, after a brief illness.
He was born on Feb. 8, 1938, in Hartland, Vermont. He was the second of four children of Homer and Christabel Richardson. As a young boy, his family moved to Worcester, Vermont. He attended school on Minister Brook Road in Worcester, and Montpelier High School. He married Ruth Carlyle and they started their family while he was serving in the United States Air Force National Guard. Together, they raised five children in Montpelier. They later divorced.
Always a hard worker, he was proud to provide for his family. After a 25-year career at Grand Union, he retired and moved to Maine. He married Alfreda Drake on June 2, 1990. They were happy to recognize their 28th anniversary recently. Post-retirement, he worked for several years for the state of Maine. After retirement from there, he and Alfreda sold their house in Maine. They went on to spend their summers in the Lake Winnipesaukee area and winters in central Florida. They enjoyed retired life and traveled often, but always made sure to keep in touch with their large family.
His first priority was always family, raising his five children. as well as playing a key role as a stepfather and grampa/papa to many. He was an avid Red Sox fan. He also enjoyed hunting, woodworking, fishing, camping at Harvey's Lake, listening to country music on his porch, and spending time with family and friends. He was unmatched on the dance floor. He coached and played softball for many years. A child at heart, he could often be found surrounded by children and entertaining them all.
He is survived by his wife, Alfreda, and his children: Pamela, her husband, John Kish, of Barre, Vermont, and children Halie and Jordan; Stephen Richardson, his partner, Darla Rugar, of Northfield, Vermont, and children Megan, Rebecca and Matthew; Kelly Richardson, her partner, Mark Fish, of Randolph, Vermont, and sons Evan and Joseph; Greg Richardson, of San Francisco, California; and Michelle, her husband, Brian Martin, of Williamstown, Vermont, and daughter Shaylee. He is also survived by his stepchildren: Michael Swisher, his partner, Kelli Scammon, of Buckfield, Maine, and daughters Amanda and Brittni; Linda Gonya, of Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, and sons Zackery, Nathan and Owen; Terri, her husband, Richard Clifford, of Auburn, Maine, and children Shawn and Danielle; and Susan, her husband, Mark Boulanger, of Pineville, Louisiana. He was also great-grampa to 15 great-grandchildren.
He is also survived by his sister, Carolyn Powers, of Worcester, Vermont; his brother Don and wife, Virginia, of Morrisville, Vermont; his brother Roger and wife, Donna Richardson, of Middlesex, Vermont; his sister-in-law Shirley and husband, Don Pherigo, of Leesburg, Florida; his brother-in-law Butch Drake and partner, Karen, of Leesburg, Florida; his sister-in-law Dora and husband, Robert Lavoie, of New Gloucester, Maine; and his sister-in-law Kathy Smith and partner, Tom, of Auburn, Maine; several very special nieces, nephews and numerous friends he made along the way.
Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his granddaughter, Aaryn, and great-grandson, Conner; brothers-in-law Ray Powers and Francis Carlyle; nephew, Gary Powers; and his lifelong friend, Guy Macey.
The family would like to thank Shirley and Don Pherigo for all they have done for our Dad and for Freda during this difficult time.
A celebration of his life will be held at the VFW in Montpelier at 11 a.m. on Aug. 11, 2018.
Donations can be made to The National .
Published in Times Argus from July 10 to July 13, 2018
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