Kermit W. Richardson
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ORANGE - Kermit Welch Richardson, 82, of Richardson Road, died Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012, at Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin. His family had been at his bedside.

Born Oct. 20, 1929, in East Orange, he was the son of Harold and Ada (Welch) Richardson. He attended elementary school in East Orange and graduated from Bradford Academy in 1947, as class valedictorian and was an outstanding high school orator.

On Feb. 10, 1951, he married Margaret Grace Goulette in Orange. Most of their married life had been spent at their present home.

In earlier years, he worked at the Vermont State Tax Department. In 1963, he and his wife opened the Richardson Insurance Agency and the Richardson Associates Real Estate office in Bradford and continued that association until the business was sold in 2003. He also maintained insurance agency offices in Barre and Chelsea which are currently owned by his son Mark Richardson.

From 1951 to 1953, he served in the U.S. Army as a medic and had been stationed in Germany.

He was an avid gardener, rose grower, reader and enjoyed attending his grandchildren's sporting activities.

At the age of 14, he joined the Riverside Grange 455 in West Topsham and had served several terms as master. He had been a member for 69 years. He was master of the Vermont State Grange from 1970 to 1974, and is currently chairman of its executive committee. As a member of the National Grange, he had served as chaplain, lecturer, overseer and had been National Grange master.

Other memberships included the Orange Alliance Church and the Bradford Masonic Temple.

Kermit was a devoted citizen of the town of Orange, having served as town moderator, school board member, justice of the peace, town representative and was a past president of the Orange East Supervisory School District.

His business affiliations included the Orange and Grafton area Board of Realtors, the National Bank of Newbury, the Farmers and Traders Life Insurance Co. of Syracuse, N.Y., the Connecticut Valley Development Corp. and the Independent Mutual Agents of New England.

Margaret and Kermit had been co-chairmen of the Orange Bicentennial Celebration Committee and Heritage Festival for several years.

Besides his wife, he leaves two daughters, Sue Perrault, of Orange, and Beth Farnham and her husband, David, of Chelsea, and two sons, Kim Richardson and his wife, Joan, of Newport, and Mark Richardson and his wife, Sherri, also of Chelsea, as well as nine grandchildren: Tina Bearce; Keith, Justin, Andrew and Alex Richardson; Jaime Perrault, Heather Comstock and Melinda and Brian Farnham, and 14 great-grandchildren.

Besides his parents, he was predeceased by twin sisters, Helen Largin and Herma Clement.

Kermit will always be remembered for his devotion to his wife, his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, his community and his friends.

His funeral will be held Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012, at 1 p.m. in the Orange Alliance Church.

Later interment will be made in the Brookhaven Cemetery in Orange.

Friends may call at the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy St., Barre, on Wednesday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Vermont State Grange Educational Aid Fund, in care of Merton Snow, 153 Twitchell Hill Road, Shaftsbury, VT 05262 or to the organization of choice.

To Plant Memorial Trees in memory, please visit our Sympathy Store.
Published in Times Argus from Jan. 9 to Jan. 10, 2012.
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January 23, 2012
Dear Margaret and Family,
We know Kermit has left this earth,but he will always be with us in spirit. At every meeting of Riverside Grange his carefully chosen words gave us direction and encouragement. He lived his life by these principles.
We'll miss this worthy friend.
Bill and Loraine Houle
January 15, 2012
Margaret, I was shocked and sadden to hear about Kermits passing. Every sunny day will remind me of Kermits warm smile and laughter. And on cold rainy days remembering his smile will warm my heart. God Bless and with deep sympathy.
Sherry Camley
January 12, 2012
Dear Margaret and family, What a shock to hear of Kermit's passing. He was such a kind and gentle person, ready to help everyone. He was our insurance agent most of our married life and was always ready to do anything he could for us. By reading his obituary, he will be missed by many in his family and community. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Deepest Sympathy, John and Rachel Pelkey, Clearwater, Flo.
January 11, 2012
Kim and all the Richardson family. Please accept our heartfelt sympathy on the passing of Kermit. He was a very likeable, honest businessman and I always enjoyed talking with him. May God Bless You all. Martin Larson,Lucas,Ohio
Martin Larson
January 11, 2012
Margaret, Kim, Sue, Beth, and Mark: He was an honest and dedicated man to his family and community. His obituary says just that. He will truly be missed by many throughout our country. He'd want you all to take one day at a time.
SueDawley LeBlanc
January 11, 2012
Margaret, Mark, Kim, and family,

I'm very sorry to hear of this loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Skip Smith
January 11, 2012
Margaret and family know that my thoughts and prayer are with you at this very hard time in your lives.
Lloyd Touchette
January 10, 2012
Gone from our sight but never from our memories or our hearts.
Kermit shall be greatly missed.
I'm thinking of all of you at this time.
January 10, 2012
What a gentleman! Clearly, individuals of Kerm's character are rare indeed. I honestly don't know if they make His Model anymore. My interactions with Kermit Richardson were in the Vermont Legislature. He always had a smile for everyone, and never held a grudge or uttered an unkind word. Whether he agreed with you or not, Kerm treated everyone with respect and friendship. What a fine man. We should all hope we grow up and old to be like Kerm. Bless you, Kermit. May you rest in peace. Job well done.
Bethany Knight
January 10, 2012
Margaret and family - We have all lost a great friend; the almighty has gained a trained guardian angel. The memories we shared will stay in our hearts and be a positive and joyful rememberance of Kermit the strong but gentle sole. We were blessed to have him touch our lives.
Fred & Jeanne Church
January 10, 2012
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time of sadness. Kermit was a great man and an inspiration to all. He will be deeply missed. We are honored that he touched our lives.
Dale & Kathy Franklin
January 10, 2012
Thoughts and prayers to you all

Gregg Murphy Carol Murphy/Capron
Carol Capron
January 10, 2012
Margaret and Family - We are saddened to hear of Kermit's passing. He was a kind and decent person who was dedicated to his family and also gave much to the town of Orange. We have lost a friend and neighbor. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Leon and Joan
Leon & Joan Tucker
January 10, 2012
Dear Margaret and Family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time. Kermit was such an inspiring man, always ready to give guidance, encouragement, or advise when it was needed. Our family has so many fond memories of good times with the Richardson family.
Maurice and Marguerite Ponton
January 10, 2012
God has taken a great man to join his divine family. I always admired Kermit and remember so great times our families had at your camp. He will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with Margaret, Kim, Sue Beth,Mark, and your families. May Kermit now rest in peace.
Maureen Duchesne (Ponton)
January 10, 2012
Sue and family our thoughts and prayers are with you as you go thru this very difficult time.
Karen & Dave Bingham
January 10, 2012
Dear Sister Margaret and Family,

I have many fond memories of your and Kermit's support and encouragement of my Grange journey in New England. Please accept the words of this poem as an expression of my sympathy.

Michael Martin, National Grange


Do not stand at my grave and weep...
I am not there. I do not sleep.

I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awake in the morning's hush
I am the swift unflinging rush
Of quiet birds in circling flight.
I am the soft star-shine at night.

Do not stand at my grave and cry...
I am not there. I did not die.

Author unknown
Michael Martin
January 10, 2012
Dear Margaret and family, Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers as you cope with the great loss you have suffered. I will always be grateful for the friendship you shared with my Mom.
Bonnie Loomer-Hostetler
January 10, 2012
Kim and Family so sorry for your loss
Cherious the memories you have. Remember you have an angel watching over you
christine lyford pecor
christine pecor
January 10, 2012
Granpa, you are a man that many would wish to be. You taught me so many things, compassion, unconditional love, strength, self worth, the list could go on and on. I am proud to say that I was part of your family. Each and every life you touched is better because you were there. I love you so much and think of you every moment. I find comfort in knowing you are watching over us! Spread your wings and fly!
Jaime Perreault
January 10, 2012
Heaven has welcomed a divine angel. I have admired Kermit since the first time I met him. I looked up to him, and learned from him. I enjoyed the time with the whole family at their camp. He will always be in my thoughts. Margret, Kim, Sue, Beth, and Mark, my thoughts and prayers to you all.
Doug Ponton
January 9, 2012
Dad: I love you so much and can't let you go. You are my HERO. You have had a big inpact on my life and the path I go in life. Family First. A day will not go by without me thinking of you and knowing that you are with me . Love Always
Beth Farnham
January 9, 2012
My heart fell when I heard the news today. Kermit was an amazing man and made an impact on so many lives! I have many memories of him and what he taught me. My prayers are with Margaret and the entire Richardson family.
Michael Holden
January 9, 2012
Margaret, Kim, Sue, Beth, Mark & your families,
I want each of you to know what wonderful memories I have of your Dad and all of you. I'll always remember all the time I spent at your house(playing pool), snowmobiling, going to camp, church activities and even grange. Margaret, I will always have memories of you and Kermit's kindness & always making me feel welcome and part of your family. May he rest in peace. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Joan (Lund) Shedd
Joan Shedd
January 9, 2012
Kermit will be missed !!!! I enjoyed the grange with him. I remember we gave him 'kermit the frog' one year for his bithday at a State Grange meeting. He was speechless !!! My prayers to Margaret and family

Janice Larabee
January 9, 2012
Kermit at 1978 Lecturer's Conf at Portland, ME
We're going to miss Kermit. I received the 6th Degree from him at the VT State Grange in 1973. He made quite an impact on my life.

Our prayers are with Margaret and the rest of the family.
Robert Charbonneau
January 9, 2012
We love you Grandpa always and forever! I will never ever forget how much of an impact you have made on my life. There will never be a day that goes by that I dont think about you! I love you always and miss you already!!!!! - Heather
Heather Comstock
January 9, 2012
Old school mate, may you rest in peace.
Jim Dodge
January 9, 2012
Kermit sold me my first real estate--an octagonhal cabin with no water or electric. I loved it. He was a great guy and a quintessential Vermonter--a man of a few, but always well-chosen words, all of which you could take to the bank. My condolences to his family.
mike seely
January 9, 2012
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.

When I think about Grange I think about Kermit. His many presentations when he was National Lecturer and as National Master inspired me to be a better person and a better Granger.

Our prayers are with you Margaret and your entire family as you go through this difficult time.
Deboarh Ploof
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