Richard A. Knowlton, age 65, of East Poultney passed away on May 7, 2008 at Dartmouth Hitchcock Hospital in Hanover, N.H.
Dick was born in Greenfield , Mass., on December 21, 1942 and was the son of Viola (Ruther) Knowlton and the late Ernest Knowlton. He worked for 19 years as an executive with the Boy Scouts of America. He was also a graduate of the Police Academy and served as an officer in both Massachusetts and Connecticut for many years. Dick was happiest in his career when he became owner of Brown’s Toy Store in Greenfield, as he was always a boy at heart! For the last 10 years, he was a Security Supervisor at the Yankee Nuclear Power Plant in Vernon , Vt.
Dick attended American International College in Springfield, Mass., and received his degree from Greenfield Community College, where he later served as President of the Alumni Board. He served on the Board for Candlewood Lake in Connecticut and currently served on the Board of Directors of the Horace Greeley Foundation, where he was also a member of the Scholarship Committee. Dick enjoyed antiques and had an antique booth in Quichee , Vt. Currently Dick and Linda owned and operated Picket Fence Antiques at the Horace Greeley House in East Poultney .
On June 24, 2006 Dick married his childhood sweetheart, Linda Nye Barbaro in East Poultney, Vt. It was a storybook wedding and inspired so many people. Dick and Linda loved the water and spent many special times at the local lakes. They also traveled to Norway and Iceland, and always enjoyed special trips locally in Vermont .
Dick was a loving and devoted husband and father. His faith, courage, and strength was an inspiration to all who knew him.
After settling in East Poultney, Dick’s love of Vermont expanded, and his friendships grew quickly. His quiet sincere nature, along with his dry humor, endeared him to those he met. Dick enjoyed boating, fishing and the Vermont outdoors. He will be greatly missed by his basset hound, Maxwell, and his wife’s cocker spaniel, Montpelier.
Dick was a member of the Granville Assembly of God Church in Granville and served as a leader in a Home Group and also a Men’s Discipleship Group.
Dick is survived by his wife, Linda Knowlton of East Poultney, Vt.; his mother, Viola Knowlton of Greenfield, Mass.; one son, Lawrence Knowlton of Brattleboro, Vt.; one brother, Robert Knowlton of Conway, Mass.; one stepson, Matthew Lagos of North Sutton, N.H.; one grandson, Drew Lagos of North Sutton, N.H., and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father, Ernest Knowlton; two brothers, Philip Knowlton and William Knowlton; and his former wife, Valorie Knowlton.
Relatives and friends may call on Wednesday, May 14, 2008 from 10 to 11 a.m. at the United Baptist Church of Poultney, East Poultney. A Funeral Service will then follow at 11 a.m. at the Church with the Rev. William R. Steinmetz, Pastor of the Granville Assembly of God Church, officiating. Interment will follow in the Poultney Cemetery.
Donations in the memory of Richard may be sent to the Granville Assembly of God Church/The Richard Knowlton Memorial Fund, 18 Buckley Avenue , Granville , NY 12832 .
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Roberts-Aubin Funeral Home in Poultney.