Bruce A. Richardson EAST MONTPELIER — Bruce A. Richardson, age 78, of East Montpelier, passed away peacefully on May 10, 2019, in the loving arms of his family and in the comfort of his home, after a five-year battle with a rare neurological disorder, Progressive Supranuclear Palsy. Bruce was born in Montpelier on Aug. 20, 1940, to Harold and Ruth (Arey) Richardson. He graduated from Montpelier High School in 1958 and, after a year in the workforce, enrolled at Johnson State College where he met his future wife, Joan Thomas. He graduated in 1963 with a B.S. in Education. From there, he began a career dedicated to educating Vermonters at all levels while furthering his own education along the way by obtaining a master’s degree from Keene State College and a Doctorate in Education from the University of Vermont. Left behind to mourn him are his loving wife of 55 years, and three cherished children Amy Jo and husband Robert Williams Jr., of Craftsbury, Brad and wife Johanne, of Derby, and Cory and partner Tamara Haywood, of Waterbury; seven adored grandchildren will be missing their Papa, Cole and Kyle Williams, Logan and Ryder Richardson, and Lilly, Anna and Cara Richardson; along with the girls’ mother, Kathy Richardson, who was very special to him. He is also survived by a devoted sister, Nancy Kennedy and husband Gene; an uncle, David Arey and wife Barbara; a brother-in-law, David Thomas and wife Norma; as well as nieces, nephews and cousins. After they married on Aug. 10, 1963, Bruce and Joan began their life together in Chester, where he was hired as a social studies teacher. He later became principal at Chester-Andover Elementary School. Career opportunities brought the family north to Greensboro when Bruce became superintendent of schools for the Orleans Southwest Supervisory Union in Hardwick. Later, he served as deputy commissioner of education for the State of Vermont. After concluding the state assignment, Bruce moved into higher education at the University of Vermont as associate dean of education and concluded his career at Lyndon State College as director of the Northeast Kingdom School Development Center, providing career development opportunities for the state’s teachers and administrators. Through hard work and dedication, Bruce became well-respected by professionals and peers earning numerous awards and recognition, including Elementary Principal of the Year, UVM Distinguished Service Award, Johnson State College Distinguished Alumnus Award and Administrator of the Year Award. Upon retirement, Bruce and Joan relocated to East Montpelier where they resided for the last 12 years. While passionate in his work, Bruce so enjoyed time spent with his family, especially flower gardening with Joan in the summers, and watching his children and grandchildren’s school and sporting events. While in Chester, he was active in the Andover Community Church and later, the Greensboro United Church of Christ. Most recently, Bruce was a member of the Bethany Church in Montpelier. He will always be remembered as a dedicated, patient, gentle and loving man. The family expresses their gratitude for the attentive and compassionate care from the staff at Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice (600 Granger Road, Barre, VT 05641) and the East Montpelier Fire and Rescue (P.O. Box 255, East Montpelier, VT 05651) for their assistance over the years. Donations in memory of Bruce may be made to either of the organizations. A special thank you also to Bruce’s caregivers, Cheryl and Jennifer, from Love is … LLC in Craftsbury and Kim Pierce, PA, from the Health Center in Plainfield for her home visits. To honor Bruce’s wishes, no public services will be held. A private family celebration will be held at a future date. If you wish, expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at P.O. Box 7, East Montpelier, VT 05651.

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I was honored to work with Bruce hen I was a school board member in Wol it. Bruce was epitome of a consummate professional. He was always civil, demonstrated grace under pressure and much more. Vermont has lost a dedicated public educator, we are in his debt.

Lynn Provasi

I had the privilege of working with Bruce at the Dept. of Education. He was a true professional who cared deeply about educating our youth and our educators. He will be missed by all who knew him. My condolences to his family and friends.

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