Richard Griggs and Virginia Fellows Lamson

Richard Griggs
Richard Griggs and Virginia Fellows Lamson. Photo provided

SPRINGFIELD, Vt. – On Friday, Aug. 2, 2019, Richard Griggs Lamson, 93, and the love of his life, Virginia Fellows Lamson, 90, passed away. They were completely in love and devoted to each other and left the world only 30 minutes apart, showing how inseparable they truly were, and dying the way they lived, together always.

Richard was born in New London, N.H. He served as radio mechanic for the U.S. Air Corp in World War II, then worked for over 30 years as a design engineer for Jones and Lamson in Springfield, Vt. Virginia was born in Cabot, Vt. She was a beautician in Boston and later focused on her family and volunteering with the First Congregational Church and Group 9.

They met Feb. 9, 1955, fell quickly in love, and were married only eight months later. This October, they would have celebrated 64 years together. They spent their entire married lives in Springfield, Vt., raising their three children Laura, Janet, and Steve. The family spent countless summers with friends and family in New London, N.H. at a cottage Richard built.

Those that knew Richard and Virginia have numerous examples of how loving they were to each other; they could often be caught holding hands, looking into each other’s eyes, or reminiscing about their many memories together. Richard was very handy and could always be counted on for his sharp wit, love of music, western books and sweet tooth; whereas, Virginia loved teddy bears, telling stories, and a couldn’t pass up a good sale. They enjoyed visitors; always welcoming people to stop by for a story, cup of coffee or a bite to eat, or to drop by the cottage for a swim, boat ride, or walk through “fairy land.” They always made people feel welcome and have many friends who considered them family.

Richard and Virginia were predeceased by their parents, siblings Don and Caroline, daughters Laura and Janet, and their daughter-in-law Bonnie. They are survived by Richard’s sister Betty, their son Steve, 6 grandchildren, 4 great-granddaughters, and many relatives and close friends.

A celebration of their lives and love for each other will be held Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019 at 1 p.m. at the First Congregational Church in Springfield, Vt., where stories can be shared, laughter heard, and sadness replaced with the knowledge that they are together forever.

In lieu of flowers, if you would like to make a donation on their behalf, do so to the charity of your choice.

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