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Reginald Thomas Richard

July 3, 1935 October 25, 2008
Reginald Thomas Richard
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St Albans – Reginald “Reggie” Thomas Richard, 73, a longtime resident of St Albans City, died peacefully, on Saturday, Oct. 25, 2008, with his greatest Love , Marlys (Marty) Lemnah at his side. Also present was his very special LNA, Candy Derosia, and his two special dogs, Molly Marine and Maggie Marine. He was born at St. Albans Bay July 3, 1935, the only child of the late Wilmer T. (1980) and Margaret (Blouin) Richard (1990). Reggie grew up wanting to join the United State Marine Corps. He enlisted March 31, 1953, serving in Korea, discharged March 30, 1955. He received the following military awards: National Defense Medal, Korean Service Medal and the United Nations Service Medal (Korea). He was transferred to the USMCR, with obligated service until Mar 31, 1961. In 1956 he joined the Vermont National Guard, serving until Apr 1965. Returning home to St Albans Bay, in 1955, he started his career with the Union Carbide Corp (now Energizer), in the Consumer Products Div., as a Raw Materials Inspector. He retired Jan 1990, after 35 years of dedicated, hard work. In May of 1954, while serving in Korea, he became a member of the American Legion Green Mountain Post #1. Upon returning home, he became very involved in Post #1 activities, especially the Boys State Program and Conservation Camp Program. He worked his way up the Post #1 officer ranks, becoming the Post Commander, 1965. His good friend, (the late) Bill Counos, was serving as The Vt. Dept. Commander of the American Legion. Reggie also helped his mentor, Robert Vincelette, when Bob was running for Dept. Commander. When Bob could no longer drive himself to VA MD appointments, Reggie did the driving. He always took good care of his friends. His three greatest positions in the American Legion: (1) serving as Post Service Officer; helping widows file their eligibility papers every year, so they could continue to receive their widows pensions and property tax relief entitlement. (2) Serving as Dept. Sgt. at Arms for Marty, while she served as Dept. Cmdr.; (3) becoming Legionnaire of the Year 1996. Reggie loved to fish whenever he could, with his best friend, James Edward Hance. We know that he and James Edward are planning their next big fishing trip, with good buddies: Bill Counos, Joe Bronson, and Butch and Charlie Aslanian. Have fun boys. He also hunted deer, ducks and turkeys with his good friends, Tim DeVaney (deceased) and Ed Andrejak He belonged to the: American Legion Post #1(55yrs), Life Member VFW Post 758 (Life Member); St. Albans Lodge 1566, B.P.O.E (37yrs); and the Donald Cook Detachment, Marine Corps League. His greatest Pride and enjoyment, was spending his time with his only child, Ricky, daughter-in-law Lisa and two granddaughters: Miranda and Erica, of Clinton, CT. Reggie and Marty traveled to many American Legion State and National Conventions. He felt very honored to be included in the Beirut Veterans of America Memorial Services, every Oct 23, for Marty's late husband, MSGT Richard L Lemnah. Even though he was unable to attend the 25th Anniversary Services this past week due to his illness, he encouraged Marty to go and be a part of the services. He had made many friends with the families and Marines of Camp LeJeune, NC. He was greatly missed, but Marty made it home in time to share all the news and happenings at the services, and well wishes from those in attendance. We would like to Thank the following people for all their help and support during this very difficult two years: Dr John Brooklyn; the American Legion Dept of VT and Green Mountain Post #1; The Marine Corps League Donald Cook Detachment; FCHHA Hospice Program: Hospice volunteers; Nurses Gwen & Tracey; Special LNA Candy D. Thank to the Sunday Morning Breakfast Club of Post #1, for making sure that Reggie got his special breakfast of Sausage SOS. He loved every bit of it. A very special Thank You to the neighbors on Stanley Court, who have done so much for us. It has meant the world to us to have such special friends. Also to Edna and Soy Chagnon, Fred and Betty Anderson, Bill and Judy Walsh. Always remember the good times. To a very special niece, Gina, who was always there for her "Uncle" Reggie - Thank You for sharing your life & loved ones, Matt & Wyatt with him. Survivors include: His life- long partner, Marty of St Albans, his son Ricky, "daughter" Lisa (Beauregard); granddaughters Miranda & Erica of Clinton, CT; his former wife(mother of Ricky) Mary Ann C. Richard of New London, CT; Gina Nessler, Matt & Wyatt Trombley of St Albans, his special Labs Molly Marine & Maggie Marine of St Albans. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by two infant daughters; and black lab Misty. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday at 11:00 A.M. in Holy Angels Roman Catholic Church with Pastor Maurice j. Roy as Celebrant. A luncheon will follow at American Legion Post #1. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 5 PM to 8 PM at the Heald Funeral Home, 87 So. Main St, St. Albans. In lieu of flowers (he never cared for them), contributions may be made: American Legion Dept of VT, 126 State St PO Box 396 Montpelier VT 05601-0396. Memo for: Children’s Miracle Network. The Heald Funeral Home is assisting Reggie’s family with arrangements. 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