TOWNSHEND - Richard Emery Parsons, 92, a resident of Grafton Road and formerly of Wilmington, died Saturday, July 23, at Valley Cares.
Richard was born in Wilmington on May 11, 1930, the son of the late Hermon and Ruby Anne (Griswold) Parsons, and attended local schools. Richard worked on the family farm for 36 years and then for International Paper Company for 26 years, retiring in 1992.
Along with his wife, Richard enjoyed working the flea market in Wilmington and was known as the knife man for selling a variety of stainless steel knives. He enjoyed watching old Western movies, telling stories, having a cold beer in the afternoon, and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren, great- and great-great-grandchildren.
Richard is survived by his children Sandra Ruby O’Neal, of Hinsdale, NH, and Richard A. Parsons, of Brattleboro; his sister Shirley Crawford, of Wilmington; four grandchildren, Michelle Foster, Richard Parsons, Kimberly Gassett, and Sarah O’Neal; 10 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of 72 years, Lorraine Barnett Parsons, whom he married November 11, 1949 in Wilmington. Mrs. Parsons died November 27, 2021. He was also preceded in death by his siblings Ralph, Ernest, and Burnerd Parsons, Verna Canedy, and Agnes Pietrunti; his grandson Douglas O’Neal; and his great-granddaughter Jennifer Gassett.
Graveside funeral services for Richard will be held Thursday, July 28, at 11 am in Riverview Cemetery in Wilmington. There are no visiting hours. If friends desire gifts in Richard’s memory may be made to Valley Cares, c/o Covey Allen & Shea Funeral Home, PO Box 215, Wilmington, VT 05363. To send the family personal condolences visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com.