FISHERVILLE, Va. – Henry David Richard died October 7, in Fishersville, at the age of 75. He was on his way back to Florida with his wife, Helen, from a trip back home to Vermont to visit family and friends. Henry recently resided in Inverness, Fla.
He was born June 19, 1946, in Hardwick, Vt., to Rocky and Marie-Rose Richard, both deceased. He lived in Walden, Hardwick, and the East Hardwick area for most of his life. Henry was a “Jack of all trades” who renovated houses, worked as a carpenter on various projects, sold and fixed up cars, worked on power lines, was also in logging and various industries as a laborer. He had a deep love for his family and never met a stranger. Every interaction was steeped in love.
He was a devout Catholic with a strong faith and a dedicated parishioner at St. Michael’s and St. Norbert’s in Vermont and Our Lady of Fatima Catholic church in Inverness.
Henry had a love for tinkering on hot rods and high-performance vehicles, with a particular propensity toward Chevys and NASCAR. His knack for enhancing power and speed is evident from the multiple trophies he holds from racing at drag strips in Florida and Vermont.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Rocky and Marie-Rose, brothers Moose, Lionel, Alfred and sister, Rolanda. He is survived by his wife of over forty-eight years, Helen, his son Troy, daughter, Monique, son-in-law, Michael, grandson, Alex, brother Dennis and wife Sylvia of Walden, Vt., and Florida, brother Julian and partner Lucille of Marshfield, Vt., sister Rosy of Colchester, Vt., sister Rochelle and husband Sid of Weston, Me., and sister, Renette of Sarasota, Fla., as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and great-nieces and nephews.
Henry will be deeply missed, but never forgotten. He touched numerous lives with his kindness, generosity and strength. We were blessed to be in his presence. May he rest in peace and be eternally free. We know he will be watching out for us.