SOUTH READING, Vt. – David Paul Rushford (“Crockett”), 50, passed away unexpectedly Monday morning, December 26, 2016, at DHMC after miraculously surviving a house fire in February and a brain injury followed by surgery in June. He was born February 2, 1966, the seventh and youngest child of Earl and Dolores (Palmer) Rushford in Randolph, VT. He attended school in Reading and Woodstock.
David was a lifelong daredevil, adventurous and playful, with little regard for danger. He had an incredible sense of humor. He was very quick-witted, loved to tell a good joke, and was an engaging storyteller. He most enjoyed being in the company of family and friends. Good conversation and entertaining others were his favorite pastimes. He could often be found having a cookout by the water with his family or singing and strumming the guitar and talking around the kitchen table at night. He was a loyal friend and a trusted confidant to many.
David enjoyed gun collecting. An avid outdoorsman, he hunted, fished, gardened, and foraged for wild mushrooms, fiddleheads and leeks. He was a good cook and loved to make wine, relish, pickles and horseradish, often giving them as gifts. He was fond of animals and had several dogs as pets over the years. He raised livestock as well. David loved to read and talk on his CB radio. A self-taught and exceptional guitarist, he had a passion for guitars and always had one nearby. He wrote his own songs and music, and formed a band, the Empty Pockets, with two of his best friends (Teena and nephew Chad). He passed on many of his skills and traits to his own, and siblings’, children. He most recently treasured being a grandfather to Izayah Joseph, 3.
David’s work life included grounds keeping at the Crown Point Country Club, dishwashing, prep cooking and handyman work at the Rumbleseat Rathskellar, running a rubbish route with neighbor Jack George, and several carpentry jobs with friends in the construction business. He was one of the first employees of Cavendish Game Birds. David was a stay-at-home dad for many years, during which time he also worked on cars.
Prior to his untimely death, David was looking forward to spending more time with his grandson, family and friends, reading his favorite books, playing the guitar, singing, and traveling.
David is survived by his mother Dolores Daubenspeck, stepmother Renie Rushford, partner of 26 years Teena Clogston, daughters Brierley Harlow Rushford, Amnesty Clogston-Rushford, and Victoria Rushford, grandson Izayah Rushford, brother John Rushford, sisters Naomi Rushford and Ramona Emery, as well as many nephews, nieces, cousins and aunts. His father Earl, sisters Dawn and April, and brother Doug predeceased him. He was, and always will be, a best friend, son, brother, dad, uncle, grampa, cousin and nephew, forever loved and missed.
Plans for a service have not been made at this time. The Cabot Funeral Home in Woodstock, Vt. is handling arrangements www.cabotfh.com. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or The Cleft Palate Association.