1946 – 2019
Woodstock- Richard W. Stubbs, Age 73, of Woodstock, CT, died on December 6, 2019. He was the loving husband of Margaret (Meg) Stubbs. Richard was born on July 26, 1946 to Edwin and Dorothy Stubbs of Waterbury, CT. He graduated from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and became an ardent fan of the UConn women’s basketball team. Richard met his wife-to-be Meg in the UConn Outing Club, and they have been adventuring together ever since, instilling a love of hiking, climbing, and caving in their children and, later, grandchildren.
In June of 1968 Richard joined the US Army, and later became an Army Ranger. He served in the 11th and 14th Armored Cavalry Units, including a tour of duty in Vietnam for which he received a Purple Heart. After retiring from the military in 1988, Richard continued to serve his country through the American Red Cross, as Executive Director of the Waterbury Chapter for more than 19 years; Deputy Chief of Disaster Planning and Readiness for the Connecticut Chapter for two years; and Service Delivery Manager for CT, RI, ME, NH, VT for three years.
In 2014, Richard and Meg moved to Woodstock, CT upon the arrival of twin granddaughters. As a very involved grandparent, he instilled his love of the outdoors, reading, music (particularly traditional oompah tunes), trains, fantasy, and the importance of family. The outdoor skills that Richard taught his children will continue to be passed on to new generations with great joy and fond remembrance.
Richard is preceded in death by his parents Edwin and Dorothy Stubbs. He is survived by his loving wife, Margaret (Meg); daughter Elizabeth Gould, son-in-law Nathaniel Gould, and grandchildren Pipa and Wren; son William Stubbs and daughter-in-law Morgan Thompson; son Christopher Stubbs; and son James Stubbs, daughter-in-law Kelsey Stubbs and grandchild Charles. There will be a private celebration of his life for family and friends at a future date.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the American Red Cross or Appalachian Mountain Club. Arrangements under the care of Gilman Funeral Home & Crematory, 104 Church St., Putnam, CT. For memorial guestbook please visit www.GilmanAndValade.com