Richard Sprague Sr.
WILMINGTON - Richard Sprague Sr., 82, of Wilmington, died unexpectedly Sunday, June 5.
Richard (Dick) Sprague was born October 19, 1939, to Percy and Florence Sprague, of Brattleboro. Richard was a graduate of Brattleboro High School class of 1957 and was co-captain of the 1956 Brattleboro High School championship football team. He also served in the Army Reserves.
Richard married his wife Norma in 1958 and they were married for 64 years, residing in Wilmington. Richard was well known for his stonework, painting, and his antique shop. He built many of the stone walls as well as painting many homes around the valley in his 50-plus years in the business, retiring at 70 years old. After retiring, he continued to run his antique shop that so many came to love. This small business that Richard started has now reached a fourth generation to follow in his legacy.
Richard was a devoted Jehovah’s Witness, serving as an elder of different congregations for many, many years. He was well known for his loyalty and love for his family, corny humor, and his huge heart; he was willing to help anyone at any time. He will be dearly missed.
He is survived by his wife Norma Sprague, his sons Richard Sprague Jr., of Searsburg, and Steven Sprague, of Jaffrey NH; and five grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, two brothers, and two sisters. He was preceded in death by a son, a granddaughter, and two brothers.
At the family’s request there will be no services. Donations in Richard’s memory may be made to Deerfield Valley Rescue c/o Covey Allen and Shea Funeral Home, PO Box 215, Wilmington, VT 05363. To send the family personal condolences visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com.