Richard E. Laverty, 71 of Essex passed away on Monday, January 1, 2018 at UVMC.
He is a beloved husband, a wonderful father, a supportive brother, and an adoring grandfather. He is survived by his wife Patricia Laverty of Essex and their three children, all of Essex; Stacey Knight, her husband Brian and their three children, Cora, Connor, and Kaileigh; Kevin Laverty, his wife Lisa and their seven children, Val, Krispin, Carl, Roland, Oliver, Gus, and Paul; Jeanne Cole and her husband Andrew and their two children, Madeleine and Aliana; and by two sisters Renee Partridge and husband James, and Robin Tabulka and husband Joseph.
Richard came to Vermont in 1969 from West Nyack, New York after graduating from Manhattan College. He received his MBA from the University of Vermont in 1971. While working on his PhD, he met his wife Patricia and spent the next 45 years of his life with her. He chose to start a family here in Vermont instead of pursuing further graduate study at Stanford University. This commitment to love and family defined his life.
He spent 26 years working for the College of Medicine at the University of Vermont before transitioning to the Department of Aging and Independent Living at the State of Vermont. He worked there for 20 years before finally retiring in 2016.
He will be remembered for his masterful storytelling, his quick wit, and his ability to plumb the deep questions in life. He knew just what to say whether you were 90 or 9 months and he made you feel completely at home. He saw magic in the world around him and was able to share that wonder in a sincere and innocent way. You could hear wisdom in his words and see clearly the joyous inner child that he shared unselfconsciously. The love he left behind in this world cannot be measured but his legacy lives on in all those he taught, as a husband, as a father, as a brother, as an uncle, as a grandfather, as a mentor, and as a friend. He will be missed.
Visiting hours will be held Wednesday, January 3 from 4pm to 7pm at the Ready Funeral & Cremation Service Mountain View Chapel, 68 Pinecrest Dr., Essex Junction. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, January 4, at 11:00am in St. Pius X Church in Essex. Burial will be in the spring at Resurrection Park Cemetery, So. Burlington. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you donate to the Vermont Food Bank or the Lund Family Center in his memory.
Laverty, Richard E. [MC???? RIP]
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I believe that Richard is a member of the Class of 1969.
May He Rest In Peace.
McEneney, Mike (MC1953)
[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]
Laverty, Richard E. [MC1969 RIP]
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Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) added this request to his prayer circle.
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