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Ronald L. Richer

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“A great friend, who included me as family, having the boys call me Uncle Ray.. ”
1 of 22 | Posted by: Ray Little - Burlington, VT

“Our Condolences to you Mary and family. I remember you both as fine friends of my parents when growing up. So giving and always a pleasure to visit. ”
2 of 22 | Posted by: Valerie Delibac Ryan - Burlington, VT

“Until we meet again old friend you will be in our hearts forever. Condolences Mary to you and family - you know we are sad and are thinking of you...Read More »
3 of 22 | Posted by: Barbara Worth - Sylacauga, AL

“Mary, our deepest condolences to you and your family. Ron's positive and determined attitude was an inspiration for me during my treatment. He...Read More »
4 of 22 | Posted by: Sterling Hardy

“Dear Mary,I am sorry for your loss. You and your family is in my thoughts and prayers.Debbie Kruger ”
5 of 22 | Posted by: Debbie Kruger - Milton, VT

“Dear Mary and Family,So sorry to hear of your loss . Our prayers and thoughts are with you all at this most difficult time. ”
6 of 22 | Posted by: Jim & Paula Spadaccini - Edmond, OK

“A dear friend and a man of integrity ”
7 of 22 | Posted by: Rick Basliere - Berthoud, CO

“Mary and family,Sorry to hear of Ron's passing. I enjoyed working with him at DMV. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. ”
8 of 22 | Posted by: Kathy Codling - Plainfield, VT


9 of 22 | Posted by: Sandra &a Danielle Racicot - VT

“Sorry to hear of the loss of Ronald, a true friend to all in law enforcement.Ron, thank you for your service to the people of the State of Vermont,...Read More »
10 of 22 | Posted by: Steven Miller, VSP Retired - NC

“Mary, sorry to hear of your loss. ”
11 of 22 | Posted by: Wes Daum - South Burlington, VT

“Mary, Chuck, Jeff, and Lynn,My deepest sympathies for your loss. Hold all your memories close. My thoughts are with you. ”
12 of 22 | Posted by: Dawn Carpenter - Richmond, VA

“Rest in Peace. You captured a piece of my heart long ago with your laughter, kindness, caring and philosophy. You blessed many lives being the kind...Read More »
13 of 22 | Posted by: Mindy Carlson - Burlington, VT

“Mary, My prayers are with you. ”
14 of 22 | Posted by: Sue Fowler - Mobile, AL

“Sad to hear about Ron. A good guy that will be missed by many. RIp Ron and may God SS your family. ”
15 of 22 | Posted by: Don Ravenna- VSP retired - FL

“I am so sorry for your loss - Ron stopped and chatted with me often when I worked in the office at the Champlain Valley Exposition. He was always...Read More »
16 of 22 | Posted by: Rachel Williams - Milton, VT

“Mary and family, It has been a long time but I still remember Ron as being a great guy and liked by all. Am sure you have many memories to keep...Read More »
17 of 22 | Posted by: Judy Demeritt - North Port, FL

“Mary and family--my deepest sympathy inn your loss of Ronnie. I remember our Champlain College days and meeting him then. It was good to see you a...Read More »
18 of 22 | Posted by: SharonLee Tyler - Swanton, VT

“Mary, Chuck & Jeff. My thoughts are with you at this time. ”
19 of 22 | Posted by: Katie Lucas - Wakefield, RI

“Mary, Chuck & Jeff. My thoughts are with you at this time. So glad I was able to visit you two last summer!Katie ”
20 of 22 | Posted by: Katie Lucas - Wakefield, RI

“Mary its been a long time. Just wanted to let you know you and Ron are in our thoughts today.Dick and Mikki. ”
21 of 22 | Posted by: Richard Dodge - Titusville, FL

“Love and hugs, dear Mary. I know it has been a long journey for you and your family. My thoughts and prayers are heading your way. ”
22 of 22 | Posted by: Karen Peterson Shastany - MD


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Ron died peacefully on April 18 at home after living with multiple myeloma for almost seven years. His positive attitude as he faced each new chemotherapy regimen and invasive therapy with a deep inner strength inspired us all. He was born September 19, 1945, in Burlington, the son of Emilien ("Joe") and Mildred Richer. Ron graduated from South Burlington High School in 1964. He and Mary (Carlson) were married on September 2, 1967. Their love story began in the spring of 1963 when they were juniors in high school and they were looking forward to celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary this September. His long career in law enforcement included the Essex Junction and South Burlington Police Departments, Auxiliary State Police, Chittenden County Sheriffs Department, the Vermont Police Academy (instructor) and the State of Vermont Motor Vehicle Department. He was proud to have served his country as a member of the Vermont Air National Guard and retired after almost 26 years with the rank of Senior Master Sergeant. After his retirement he worked part-time for the Champlain Valley Exposition and enjoyed spending time in his woodshop. He was so proud when people walking by our house stopped and commented on our "golf course" lawn. He was a member of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church and was a 4th Degree Knight of Columbus. He is survived by his wife Mary, his sons Chuck and his partner Lynn Bessett of Castle Rock, Colorado and Jeff and his wife Sadie of West Berlin. His two grandchildren, Cecelia and Lucas, were Grampa's pride and joy. His "Grampa Blanket" kept him warm in his recliner at home, at his chemo appointments, in the hospital and while he was at Burlington Health and Rehab. He is also survived by his mother, his brother Len and his wife Marilyn, his brothers-in-law Paul Carlson and Butch Carlson and his wife Deb, his sisters-in-law Lori (Carlson) Arango and her husband Bill and Sandy Marcotte. He leaves aunts, nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his father, his father and mother-in-law Charles and Joyce Carlson, his brother-in-law Kris Carlson and two nephews. We would like to thank his extraordinary medical team of Dr. Dennis Sanders, Amy Fox, Stephanie Pevear, Margaret, Judy and Tammy and the staff of Champlain Valley Hematology and Oncology for their love and support during this journey. His stay at Burlington Health and Rehab was short, but he received an abundance of kindness and wonderful attentive care from the 2nd floor staff, including the physical and occupational therapists. The VNA Hospice nurses were the angels who helped him remain at home the last week. A celebration of his life will be held at Mary's church, First Congregational Church, 39 Main Street, Essex Junction on Saturday, April 22nd, at 3 p.m. with a short reception to follow. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. If you would like to honor him, please consider making a donation in his memory to the McClure-Miller Respite House, 3113 Roosevelt Highway, Route 7, Colchester, VT 05446.

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