WOODSTOCK – Richard W. Fuller, 66, passed away peacefully on Thursday morning July 7, 2016, at Westview Healthcare in Dayville. He leaves his wife and soulmate, Mary Lou (Clark) Fuller; a son, Shawn G. Fuller, and his wife, Jennifer, of Thompson; a daughter, Kyle, and her husband, Jason LePino also of Thompson; a step-daughter, Jessi, whom he raised as his own, and her fiancé, Daniel Dombrowski, of Sarasota, FL; grandchildren Jayden, Simon, Caleb & Sophia; and a Zuchon he named Bailey. He also leaves four siblings: Diane Snow (& Howard) of Payson, AZ, Stephen Fuller of Westfield, MA, Jane Amaral of Manchester; a half-sister Cheryl Valcourt (& Jacques) of Howland, ME; step-siblings, Skip, Edward, Debbie, Sandy, and Fred; and four cousins comporting as siblings: Glory, Wesley, Gail & Doreen; two brothers-in-law, William Clark of Endicott, NY & Robert (& Janet) Clark of Westford; a mother-in-law, Martha Clark of Eastford; Aunts Laura, Esther and Arlet, the latter who affectionately nicknamed him “Herkimer;” and many nephews and nieces. He was predeceased by his half-brother, Allan “Bill” Fuller; and four step brothers, Bobby, Larry, Dutch, and Jerry White.
The son of the late Allan and Marjorie (Macomber) Fuller, he was born March 31, 1950, in Bangor, Maine. He moved to CT in 1952 and graduated from Manchester High School in 1969. He later enrolled at A. I. Prince Tech in Hartford for advanced education in Masonry. During his apprenticeship, he won the Bricklayers Apprentice Contest Award from Local 1 of Hartford; and the Anthony D. Gregorio 1st Prize awarded by the Masons Contractors Association, before becoming a journeyman.
Richard began working in tobacco fields at 14. As a young entrepreneur, he opened a cleaning business in the Hartford area. He established R & F Mason Contractors in 1974, later incorporating with long-time friend, Walter Talaga in a partnership specializing in both masonry & carpentry. He was registered as a Major Contractor in Connecticut and was a lifelong member of the Bricklayers and Allied Craft-workers Local No. 1. After 45 years of self-employment, and until his retirement, he held a carpentry position with Associated Construction Company of Hartford. Richard was a New England Patriots and New York Yankees fan, was Captain of a Putnam Senior’s baseball league, and also played basketball in a Putnam Senior league. He enjoyed skiing, deep sea fishing, golfing with friends, Bebop dancing, trips to Maine for Italian sandwiches, barbequing and trashcan turkey roasting, and he could party with the best. To hear him sing was a real treat. He was an EMT, served on the Bungee Fire Department, was active with the Boy Scouts, a volunteer Senior-ranked National Ski Patroller & Winter Emergency Care Instructor for many years with Haystack Mountain and Mount Snow in VT; a past member of BPOE Elks and Fin, Fur, & Feather Club and, for 40 years, spent mid-Novembers hunting deer in Maine’s Allagash with friends & family. He enjoyed working with his hands, being outdoors, and graciously gave 100% of his heart and mind to whatever he was passionate about. He cared for the people who mattered most to him, whether it was creating a product for a client with safety first in mind, patronizing local businesses, protecting a friend from undo harm, or providing for his family. With integrity and commitment he will be remembered as tenacious, hardworking, and fearless, with an eye for design & detail. His industrial and commercial work may be seen and admired in nearly every city/town in the state. Above all else, he enjoyed spending time with his dearly loved children and grandkids. Richard will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to visit with Richard’s family on Thursday July 21, 2016 from 1:00 – 2:00 P.M. at the Gilman Funeral Home, 104 Church St., Putnam, CT followed by a service in the funeral home at 2:00 P.M. Burial to follow at the Eastford Grove Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Northeast Connecticut Cancer Fund of DKH, P.O. Box 63, Putnam, CT 06260. To leave condolences please visit www.GilmanAndValade.com