A memorial visitation will be held at the Cabot Funeral Home in Woodstock on Saturday Aug. 16 from 3-5 p.m. for Richard A. Schulz, Sr., 82, formerly of Woodstock, who passed away on Aug. 5 at Brookside Nursing Home where he had been a resident for many years.
Richard was born Sept. 11, 1931 in Mansfield, Massachusetts, one of eight children of Walter Herman Schulz and Grace (Pike) Schulz.
He was the only child of the eight who graduated from high school and then he attended a Boy’s State College in Massachusetts. After that Richard and his twin brother Herb joined the Army together and were awarded high achievement recognition for their work as mechanics.
Upon returning from the military, Richard married Carol Stoddard of Walpole, Massachusetts.
Richard spent the next several years as a builder in the Foxborough and Mansfield, Massachusetts’s area. He ran a very successful construction company, building mostly new homes and was a leader in the local construction union.
Then he and his family moved to Woodstock and he continued in the building trade as a self employed contractor, continuing his union affiliation. One project he was involved in was a renovation with his father-in-law (Leo Stoddard) at the VA Hospital in White River Jct. He was also well known as a “mister fix-it.”
Richard enjoyed the company of young people and taught Sunday school in Foxborough, Massachusetts. The children were often treated to outings that included bowling, ice-skating, and roller-skating. Richard was a talented skater who would often waltz on ice and roller skates with his daughters. He and his family spent a lot of time camping. Eventually it turned into a caravan of many family and friends going along on this annual trek to Rangley Lake in Maine. While in Vermont the family enjoyed their hobby farm raising Hereford cows, chickens, pigs, and horses.
Richard enjoyed sharing stories, telling jokes or playing practical jokes on people. He was a gregarious man who loved to share the gift of laughter and enjoyed having a good time. While in Massachusetts, Richard’s father (Walter) and several of his brothers would build and race their own cars. This led to a lifetime love of NASCAR. He also was a dedicated Red Sox and New England Patriots fan. He enjoyed playing the piano, bowling, hunting and snowmobile riding.
Richard is survived by his five children: daughter Denise Hagel and Jimmy of Sebring, Florida, granddaughter Callie-Jo and great-grandchildren Kaitlyn and Zachary of Florida; daughter Lisa Schulz of Grafton, New Hampshire, grandchildren: Renee, Brian and Ericka, great-grandchildren: Christopher, Lindsay, Cassiday, Samantha, Kara and Eric; daughter Lori Perron and Eugene of Quechee, grandson Neil Perron of Chapel Hill, North Carolina; son Richard Schulz Jr. and Denise of Woodstock, grandsons: Ben and Eric of Woodstock; son Bruce Schulz and Jody of Woodstock, grandson Hunter and granddaughter Madison of Woodstock.
Richard was predeceased by his wife Carol; and five brothers Sam, Fred, Herb, Bill and Paul.
In lieu of flowers donations can be sent to the Woodstock Rec Center.
An on line guest book can be found at cabotfh.com
This obituary first appeared in the August 14, 2014 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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