Richard Leo Lavalette
Richard Leo Lavalette Sr., 79 of Huntington, passed away peacefully at the McClure Respite House in Colchester surrounded by his loving family, after a courageous battle with cancer.
He was born on March 4th, 1943 on Kenwood Farm in Charlotte, VT to Harry and Joan (Paploski) Lavalette. Dick grew up in Charlotte, VT and attended school until the age of 15 years old, where he then went to work on the family farm with his brothers and sisters. He worked for Farrell’s Beer Company for many years distributing beer in Stowe and the Appalachian Gap area. After Farrell’s he went on to Kencliff Construction Company where he worked for many years, until they eventually closed their business. Finally, he started his own painting business, which he fell in love with and painted his way across Chittenden County. Dick loved being around his family, Nascar, bowling, taking long drives in his convertible, hunting, being outdoors, enjoying country western music - usually singing and humming at the top of his lungs, traveling with many trips to Maine, Florida, and his last hurrah to Las Vegas with his family this past March. He was often found with an abundant stash of Devil Dogs or chocolate - his favorite snacks.
He is predeceased by his father Harry Lavalette, his mother Joan Paploski, his wife Esther Vincent-Lavalette, his son-in-law Russell Johnson and a handful of brothers and sisters Nancy, Jimmy, Betty, Robert, and Steve.
He is survived by his daughter Penny (Lavalette) Howard of Colchester and her husband Fay Howard, his daughter Joan (Lavalette) Johnson of Huntington, and his son Ricky Lavalette of Huntington, as well as his four granddaughters, Erica and Katelyn Howard, Hanna and Grace Johnson, his sister Carol and her husband Stuart Paquette of Burlington, many nieces and nephews and three furry four-legged grandchildren, Luna, Kenzie, and Finley.
He leaves behind a contagious memorable smile, laughter, and flirtatious nature. He was known as Papa Dicky to many of those blessed by his presence. He was loved and cherished by all of those who knew him, he will be missed greatly by everyone. He was a loving father, husband, brother, grandfather, and a special friend to many ladies.
Visiting hours will be on Monday May 16, 2022, from 3-6pm at the Corbin and Palmer Funeral Chapel, 9 Pleasant Street, Essex Jct, VT 05452.
A burial will take place at a later date at the convenience of the family.
Memorial contributions can be made to the McClure Miller Respite House, 3113 Roosevelt Highway, Colchester, VT 05466.