A. Richard "Rick" Purchase CALAIS — A. Richard “Rick” Purchase, 75, of Calais, passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019, surrounded by his family at the UVM Medical Center, following a sudden and acute illness. Born in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 29, 1944, to Albert Richard and Marian (Duke) Purchase, he was the eldest of two sons and grew up in Montpelier. He was a loving son, brother, husband, father, uncle, grandfather and loyal friend to many. A steadfast Vermonter, Rick graduated from Montpelier High School in 1962 and attended the University of Vermont where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science in 1966. Soon after graduation, he married Nancy, his wife of nearly 53 years, and they moved to Maple Corner in Calais to raise their family. They had five children: Kristen Purchase Werner and husband Michael, of Richmond; Kimberly Purchase Luebbers and husband Robert, of Williston; Bill Purchase, of Braintree, Massachusetts; Lt. Col. Kathryn Purchase Sanborn and husband Lt. Col. Marc Sanborn, assigned to Fort Shafter, Hawaii; and Neal Purchase and wife Anne, of Goffstown, New Hampshire. He was also the proud grandfather of eight grandchildren: Kyle Werner, married to Shannin; Jack, Elle and Annabelle Werner; Samuel and Henry Purchase; and Theodore and Elliot Purchase. He is also survived by his brother, David Purchase, of Santa Fe, New Mexico; and lifelong family friends George and Jill Edson and family, of Cornish, New Hampshire. Many will remember Rick as an exceptional home builder, general contractor and owner of Capital Builders and later, the owner of Johnson Artesian Well Drilling. He subsequently worked with Spafford & Sons Water Wells as a consultant. An active volunteer and community leader, he served as a lister for the Town of Calais for many years and also served as a selectman. He was a proud, longtime member of Kiwanis Club of Montpelier, served on the Board of Directors for Westview Meadows and the Gary Residence, and was an active member of the Vermont Ground Water Association. Through his years of hard, dedicated work for his employees, customers, as well as his active community involvement, Rick leaves behind a large circle of lifelong friends and colleagues. Rick will be remembered by many for his honesty, kindness and love of family and will be greatly missed by all who knew him. A dedicated family man and stoic Vermonter, he took great pride in his family and his work. When not devoting his time to family and work, Rick enjoyed classic cars, particularly Ford Mustangs, gardening and caring for his well-manicured lawn. Memorial contributions may be made in Rick’s honor to the UVM Medical Center Critical Care Nursing Education Fund at UVM Medical Center, Courtyard at Given North, 3rd Floor, 11 Colchester Ave., Burlington, VT 05401; or the Scholarship Fund maintained by the Montpelier Kiwanis Club, P.O. Box 741, Montpelier, VT 05601-0741. A memorial service will be held at the Old West Church in Calais on Wednesday, Aug. 21, at 2 p.m. with a Celebration of Life to follow at the Capitol Plaza at 3:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend and share memories. Those wishing to leave condolences online may do so at www.guareandsons.com.

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