• Richard F. Barcomb
    October 25,2012

    Richard F. Barcomb

    Aug. 4, 1928-Oct. 16, 2012

    “Education is life … ” — John Dewey

    BARRE — Richard Francis Barcomb, of Port Charlotte, Fla., formerly of Barre, died at his home and went to heaven Oct. 16, 2012. He was 84 years old.

    Affectionately known as “Dick” Barcomb, to his family, friends and the community, he owned and operated the B & L Tire Co. in Barre on North Main Street from 1960 to 1984, until he retired at the age of 56. Born in Barre, on Aug. 4, 1928, he was the son of Zephyr “Zifford” Barcomb and Mary Alice Camire, and helped with the family farm along with his brothers, Clarence and Wilfred, and two sisters, Theresa and Belle (all deceased). He attended St. Monica’s and later graduated from Spaulding High School. Six months after graduation, in June of 1946, he enlisted in the Army and was sent immediately to Japan where he spent one tour helping to rebuild under MacArthur’s reconstruction plan before receiving an honorable discharge. He enrolled in Bryant College, received a bachelor’s degree in business administration and re-entered the Army in 1949, where he was sent back to Japan for another tour of duty. Upon leaving the Army, he worked as a bookkeeper for Cabot Creamery Cooperative in Cabot for several years, sold heavy equipment for Interstate Equipment Co. and then worked selling automobiles at one of the first Chrysler dealerships in Vermont, Barcomb Motors in Hardwick, before forming the B & L Tire Co. in Barre. The company manufactured and sold the popular sandpaper retread snow tires that enabled central Vermonters to traverse its many hills during winter months, and later he sold a special formulated retread to many of the local race car drivers to run at Thunder Road. Dick became the first and largest Arctic Cat snowmobile dealer in New England, outselling all other dealers from 1967 to 1979. In Florida, he obtained a real estate license and sold and invested in real estate up until his death.

    Dick was a member of St. Monica Catholic Church parish and served on many of its committees including the budget and executive committee and was a member and active in numerous organizations in his community including the Rotary Club, Chamber of Commerce, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), BPOE (Elks), Canadian Club, where he served as its president for a number of years, and Knights of Columbus, where he was a fourth degree knight. Dick Barcomb was a firm believer in education and worked on the school board and in various education committees for many years. A quiet man, whose strong work ethic and reputation for generosity, honesty and integrity left an indelible influence on his family, friends and community, and his advice, counsel and companionship will be sorely missed.

    He is survived by his beloved wife, Patricia Marilyn (Howe) Barcomb, and their seven children, Michelle Berthiaume, of Fort Myers, Fla., Richard Thomas Barcomb and his wife, Toni, Port Charlotte, Fla., Kimberly Ann Barcomb and her husband, David Jones, Houston, Texas, John Randall Barcomb and his wife, Dawn, Gadsden, Ala., Valerie Elaine Barcomb, Burlington, Karyn Barnett and her husband, Evan, San Antonio, Texas, Kathryn Bass and her husband, John, Frisco, Texas, and his daughter-in-law Deborah Marie Weber and her husband, Richard. Dick is also survived by his grandchildren, Jennifer Rose Vandeweg, Jacquelyn Barcomb (major, U.S. Army), April Colvin, Justin Barcomb, Ryan Barcomb, Thomas Barcomb, Kelsey Barcomb, Joseph Barcomb, Kenna Priore and Griffin Bass, and great-grandchildren, Cassie Colvin, Travis Colvin, Brianna Vandeweg and Danielle Vandeweg.

    In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be sent to the American Cancer Society or the American Diabetes Association or to St. Monica Catholic Church in Barre.

    There will be no calling hours, but a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at St. Monica Catholic Church on 79 Summer St., in Barre, open to anyone interested Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, at 11 a.m.

    A reception will be held at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Pine Hill Road in Barre immediately following the funeral services. Burial will follow the Mass at St. Monica Cemetery in Barre.

    Arrangements are in the care of the Pruneau-Polli Funeral Home, 58 Summer St., Barre.

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