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Richard Vachon

Richard H. Vachon

Friday, July 7th, 1944 - Monday, February 17th, 2020
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Richard Henry Vachon, Jr., 75, of the Vermont Veterans Home in Bennington, VT died Monday, February 17, 2020.

A native of Bennington, Richard lived in the Syracuse, NY area for many years but returned to Bennington in 2003.

Richard received his education in Bennington. After having graduated from Bennington Catholic High School in 1962 he enlisted in the United States Navy where he proudly served on the USS Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. DD-850 from 1963-1967. After completing his enlistment, Richard graduated from Saint Joseph’s Business College in 1970, later known as Southern Vermont College. While a student at SJC, he ran for class president, was appointed to chairman of activities, and created the SJC Hiking Club. SJC is also where he met his wife, Paula Ann Grover. They were subsequently married in October of 1970. Paula passed in 1988. Richard and Paula shared a great love and he remained a devoted and loving father to his daughter Rebecca for the rest of his life.

While employed at Anaran Microwave (Syracuse), Richard competed on the golf team, was captain of the bowling team, and for 17 years was the Anaran Santa. In his later years, Richard was employed at Walmart (Camillus, NY & Bennington, VT) where he was awarded Associate of the Month multiple times.

Six years ago Richard moved into the Vermont Veteran’s Home. While there, he
made it his mission to lobby for and be the voice for helping his fellow residents. He was a people person and enjoyed bringing smiles of joy and comfort to those around him. As the Resident Council President (for multiple years) Richard was an active resident. Not only was he a member of the facility Germ Team and hand-washing advocate for several years, he organized resident (staff) talent shows, brought in entertainment, and organized a dance. One of his proudest moments was when he re-opened the VVH Merchandise Store. Via his efforts of running the store, the store was able to contribute to donations made by the VVH to the Bennington County Coalition for the Homeless and to the Shriners Hospitals for Children.

Richard will be remembered as an avid fisherman, a NASCAR fan, and a supporter of the Syracuse Orangemen and New York Giants. He will also be remembered as a cancer fighter and survivor who was a regular attendant of the Relay for Life. He could proudly be seen there each year rounding the track with other survivors including his best friend of over 65 years, Larry Johnson.

Surviving are his daughter Rebecca Ruth (Vachon) Stuter and son- in- law Ronald Stuter of Harpursville, NY, brother Joseph Thomas (Kathleen) Vachon, sister Pamela Vachon-Duprea, brother-in-law, Stephen (Sue Ellen) Grover and nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife Paula Ann Grover, daughter-to-be, Chloe Mae, and his parents Richard Henry Vachon, Sr. and Mary Ruth (Holden) Vachon.

The funeral will be held on Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 11:30 a.m. from Four Chaplains All Faiths Chapel at the Vermont Veterans Home where the Liturgy of Christian Burial will be offered.

Friends may call at the Chapel on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the Service.

Burial will take place in the family lot in Park Lawn Cemetery.

Should friends desire memorial contributions in Richard Vachon’s memory may be made to the Activities Fund at the Vermont Veterans Home through the office of the Mahar & Son Funeral Home, 628 Main Street, Bennington, VT 05201.

Guestbook condolences may be made at www.maharandsonfuneralhome.net.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Saturday, February 22nd, 2020 | 10:00am - 11:30am
    When
    Saturday, February 22nd, 2020 10:00am - 11:30am
    Location
    Four Chaplins All Faiths Chapel
    Address
    Address Not Available
  • Funeral

    Saturday, February 22nd, 2020 | 11:30am
    When
    Saturday, February 22nd, 2020 11:30am
    Location
    Four Chaplins All Faiths Chapel
    Address
    Address Not Available
    Officiant
    Reverend James T. Holden
  • Interment

    Saturday, February 22nd, 2020 |
    When
    Saturday, February 22nd, 2020
    Location
    Park Lawn Cemetery
    Address
    South Street
    Bennington, Vermont 05201
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Benedictine Monks of Weston Priory

Posted at 06:18am
Dear Rebecca and family,
We are remembering your father, Richard, in our prayer with gratitude for having known him at the Vermont Veterans' Home in Bennington, and for the friendship he shared with our brother Robert at the home. Richard was always available and checking on brother Robert and we are very appreciative for his accompaniment over the few years they were together at the Home. Also, your father always spoke so highly of you and your love and care for him.
Blessings and peace,
your brothers, the Benedictine Monks of Weston Priory
Weston, Vermont
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Barb Fitzgerald

Posted at 10:59am
Richard was a great guy! I met Richard the day he moved into VVH. We became fast friends. He use to come up to the receptionist’s desk and talk to me sometimes for hours. He sometimes would get me in trouble because I wasn’t getting my work done. Hahaha 😂 He would give me the third degree if I didn’t come to work on days I was sick. He would be concerned for me as well. When I had to suddenly leave VVH because of an illness, he sent me cards just to let me know he was missing his company. He was a fun guy to talk to. We were football 🏈 rivals. He loved the Giants and I love the Cowboys. He would pick on me something awful about my team.
My children also loved him. He would always ask me about them. The kids and I would bring him in little gifts. He loved his PJ pants so we bought him a pair or 2, here and there. He would give us the biggest smile. It was so worth it to see his face.
He would tell me about his daughter and her husband and all their animals. I would go into his room and he would show me the pictures on his door of his daughter’s family (including the bearded dragons). He loved to brag about them all!
Richard reminded me of my Dad. Interestingly, they both were born in July, both passed in February and both were in their 70’s. Both lost their wives at a young age and both grieved that loss their whole lives. Both were made to bring up a girl or in my Dad’s case girls. It was just amazing how alike they were.Richard, please give my Dad a hug for me.
The color orange always makes me think of Richard because of his love for Syracuse!! He will forever be in my memories and heart!
Condolences to his daughter and rest of his family!! Such a big loss!
HS

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Posted at 10:00am
With Sympathy, Love Steve and Sue Grover, Sarah and Jeremy Milligan, Joe and Alanda Grover
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Linda Lewis

Posted at 07:04am
To the Vachon family; My heart goes out to you for your loss. I got to know Rich again as adults,; knowing him when we were teens. He was a good man...….
Linda K. Lewis
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harrington1082@comcast.net

Posted at 06:32am
We have known Dick since July when my mom moved to the Vets home. Lucky for us, she was assigned to his table for dining. What a joy he was to know. It became a joke in the beginning of You following me? No your following me! And our friendship began and on facebook. He watched over my mom. Need to know anything ask Dick. What will this place be without him. We must do something to keep this spirit of Dick alive. My condolences to his daughter and to the rest of his family. Please know the Veterans Home family grieve with you.
Cheryl and Bill Harrington and PJ Jacobs friend Resident And table mate. I miss you Dick
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