CHARLESTOWN, N.H. – Richard H. Lillie, 96, passed away at his home Monday, Dec. 24, 2018, surrounded by his family. He was born in Springfield, Vt., the son of Richard and Rowena (Hutchinson) Lillie. He attended Bellows Falls High School and served in the United States Army during WWII, from 1942 to 1946.
On Aug. 16, 1947, he married Beverlye Perkins at Calvary Baptist Church in Springfield, Vt. Beverlye predeceased him Sept. 22, 2015.
Richard was employed as a foreman in shipping and receiving with Bryant Grinder Co. in Springfield for 35 years and retired in 1983. He also worked as a carpenter in the area for many years. Richard was a talented builder who worked on many area homes and proudly and generously helped his children with the construction of their homes. He was a stonemason as well. In addition to building the chimneys on two of his sons’ homes, he crafted stone patios for co-workers at Bryant and some of the stonework on the retaining walls along Bridge Street and at the intersection of Bridge and Summer streets in Springfield, Vt.
In 1960, Richard and Bev purchased a home on Wilmuth Drive in Springfield, which they lovingly refurbished and made their family home until 1986 when they moved to Charlestown, N.H. After retirement, Richard and Bev wintered in Florida for 11 years.
Richard was an active member of the Calvary Baptist Church in Springfield, serving as deacon, trustee, and Scout Master for the church-sponsored Scout Troop. He was also a charter member of the Bryant Credit Union – One Credit Union.
Richard enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing, and country music. He was an avid Red Sox and Patriots fan, and he enjoyed tinkering around the house. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his family. He will be remembered as a kind and generous father who shared his wit, wisdom, and knowledge and, with Beverlye, taught his family timeless values.
Richard is survived by his daughter Sharon (Michael) Corbett of Lantana, Fla.; four sons David (Patricia) of West Lebanon, N.H., Kevin (Gerri) of E. Hartland, Conn., Neil (Claire) of Grantham, N.H., and Arnold (Alison) of Springfield, Vt.; a sister Linda Rothlisberg of Prescott, Ariz.; sisters-in-law Betty Perkins of N. Springfield, Vt. and Shirley Waldo of Chester, Vt.; 10 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Richard was predeceased by his parents, brother Roger Lillie, and sister June Tarbox.
Contributions may be made in Richard’s memory to the Visiting Nurse & Hospice Association, P.O. Box 881, Brattleboro, VT 05302, or to the Sullivan County Meals on Wheels Program, 67 Maple Ave, Claremont, NH 03743.
A memorial service will be held at the Calvary Baptist Church in Springfield, Vt., Saturday, Jan. 5, at 2 p.m.
Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield, Vt. is assisting with arrangements.