Richard Chamberlin


Obituaries / Sep. 7, 2017 9:06am EDT

Randolph—Richard E. Chamberlin, 87, of Randolph, died Monday morning, September 4, 2017 at his son’s home in Randolph.

He was born August 16, 1930 in Randolph; the son of Stanley and Mary (Wilson) Chamberlin. He graduated from Randolph High School in 1949, attended Hillyer College in Hartford, Conn., and the University of Rhode Island. He received his degree from the Community College of Vermont.

Richard enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving in Japan during the Korean Conflict and later in French Morocco. He worked a number of years for Pratt & Whitney Aircraft in Hartford, Conn.

Richard married Florence Elaine Linton in Pawtucket, R.I. in 1955, where they resided a number of years, before moving to Randolph.

He and his wife ran the Montgomery Ward catalog store on Merchants Row in Randolph. He had also worked for Randolph Furniture and Waterbury Company. Richard worked for 27 years at Randolph Post Office, starting as a substitute city carrier and eventually as window clerk, retiring in 1993.

Following retirement, he was a volunteer for Vermont Adult Basic Education in Randolph. He enjoyed wood carving, specializing in Santa Claus. He also enjoyed writing, and in particular, writing historical articles. He self-published a book about his great-grandfather’s service during the Civil War, and wrote articles that were published in folklore books.

Richard was a member of Randolph American Legion Post #9, where he served as commander in 1976, and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was a member of the United Church of Randolph, where he sang in the choir. He and his wife were members of the Braintree Historical Society and served as curators of the Braintree Museum.

Survivors include his son, Richard L. Chamberlin and wife, Deb; brother, Theodore Chamberlin; grandchildren: Zebulon and Zachary Chamberlin, Brice Norton Hennelly, Alissa Smith, Cassie Cushing, Brittany Escorpizo, Amber O’Leary, and Cameron Norton; and several greatgrandchildren; and sister-in-law, Winona Chamberlin.

He was predeceased by his wife, Elaine; son, Robert; and brother, Stanley.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Sept. 9 at 11 a.m. at the United Church of Randolph, with Rev. Roger Wotton officiating. Burial with military honors will follow at Fairview Cemetery in Bethel.

Calling hours are Friday, Sept. 8 from 5-7 p.m. at the Day Funeral Home in Randolph. Online condolences may be left at

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