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RICHARD E. HAINES SR. - BRISTOL - Richard E. Haines Sr. passed away peacefully Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, at his home in Bristol. Richard was born on Jan. 17, 1934, in Bristol, in the very home he still resided in, the son of Frederick E. and Gladys Ladue Haines, and was one of three children. Richard married Barbara A. Bennett on Feb. 20, 1955, in Dorchester, Mass. They celebrated their 57th year of marriage last year. They had two children, Marjorie A. and Richard E. Jr. Richard worked along with his parents for many years at Drake and Smith in Bristol, until their closure, and then went to work at Kennedy Brother's in Vergennes, until their workshop closed and became an Antique Center. He was a member of American Legion Post #19 in Bristol, and he served in U.S. Navy during the Korean War. Richard's joy in life was woodworking. He was always puttering with wood and making or repairing something. He enjoyed his trips with his wife to New Hampshire and Massachusetts to visit with her family. He used to take his parents and children to Maine yearly, and loved the ocean. He recently enjoyed a trip to Maine with his son and his partner this last fall. He also enjoyed eating out at restaurants. His most joyful pleasure in life was his grandchildren and most of all his greatgrandchildren. Richard is survived by his daughter, Marjorie Steele and husband, David; son, Richard Jr. and partner, Debbie Norris; grandchildren, Tammy Murray and her children, Avery and Rieanna; Jason Preston and wife, Rachel, and their children, Elliotte and Emily; Kristen Haines and Tim Essex and their children, Dillon, Haylee, and Cody Haines; sisters-in-law, Betty Haines of Florida, and Patricia and Ron Blake of Virginia Beach, Va.; brother-in-law, John and Delma Bennett of California; several nieces and nephews; many cousins, special cousin, Hazel Grace and Deanna and Bill Steadman, who often would bring him homemade pies, cakes and casseroles. Richard was predeceased by his parents; wife, Barbara; sister, Phyllis; and brother, Herbert. A very special thanks to Dr. Laura Weylman and the Addison County Home Health and Hospice. Donations may be made to them at PO Box 754, Middlebury, VT 05753. A graveside service only will be held in the spring at Mount St. Joseph Cemetery in Bristol, for family and friends.

Published in The Burlington Free Press on Feb. 15, 2013
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