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Richard Lumbra

Richard Allen Lumbra

Monday, November 11th, 1935 - Saturday, October 19th, 2019
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Richard Lumbra passed away on October 19th, 2019, at his home in Hyde Park, VT after living with Parkinson’s Disease. Richard was born at home in Richford, VT on November 11th, 1935 to Roger and Hildred (Whitehead) Lumbra. He graduated from Richford High School in 1953 where he was an excellent basketball and baseball player. He served 3 years in the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1957; he then entered Johnson State College graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Education in 1961. He was hired to teach in Jericho, VT where he served from 1961 to 1995, including 25 years as the Jericho Elementary School principal. Richard was an active member of the Jericho community, refereeing, umpiring, commissioner of Pleasant View Cemetery, as a Lister, and a stint as Town Clerk. Dick worked hard through the years helping out with farm chores from his youth through his many years as the Superintendent of the 4-H Youth Cattle Barn at the Champlain Valley Fair. He was a mentor and friend to so many young people throughout his life.

Richard is survived by his wife of 59 years, Jean (Carpenter), his daughter Michele Boomhower, her husband Greg, and their partner Ginger (Hitchcock) McDowell, his son Jeffrey, and the apple of his eye, granddaughter Aleda Boomhower. Richard’s leaves his sisters Virginia Dulude of Enosburg Falls, VT and Penny Terkanian of Biloxi, MS, he was predeceased by his brothers Roger and Ronald Lumbra. Richard was fondly loved by his sisters and brothers in law Shirley & John Therrien, Bonnie & Dan Nash, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and their children.

A private graveside service will be held at the Pleasant View Cemetery in Jericho. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Lamoille Home Health and Hospice, 54 Farr Avenue, Morrisville, VT 05661. The family also invites you to share your memories and condolences by visiting
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Annie Calacci

Posted at 03:55pm
I am late to this news and deeply regret not being able to have attended the ceremony. I found out while in South Carolina at a wedding with friends from high school who all remembered Mr. Lumbra so well. We shared a few stories and laughs together in his memory. It's been many, many years but I still have fond memories of Mr. Lumbra and what a great man he was in this little wanna-be-big town, and of course, you all as well. My heart goes out to your family. ~Annie Calacci (Anne Jewett)

Craig Farnham

Posted at 10:48pm
I remember Mr. Lumbra reffing basketball games and umping baseball games. Always knew that a fair game was going to be had when he had the stick. RIP sir!!!!!

Jean Archibald

Posted at 01:15pm
My children and I all have great memories of Dick's kindness. I worked with him setting up a little library in the Jericho Elementary school. He had a whimsical sense of humor and had us laughing through the years. My latest memory of him was his brave attempt to stop a runaway truck on River Road in Underhill. He lived a good life, caring for family and community. I send sympathy and love to Jean and family. Jean Archibald (prev. Hotchkiss)

Richard and Sheiela Cross

Posted at 07:35pm
Our thoughts and prayers go out to you, Jean , and your family. I got to meet Dick about ten years ago and very quickly liked him. I learned that he was a very good person who spent most of his adult years helping students to find their way successfully through their learning years. I considered him to be a good friend to have been a part of my life's travels. I thank him for his many years of his services to his students education. We all have our problems to deal with and Dick had his. However he always did his best with the help of his Lord! May he rest in peace for a job well done.
Sincerely, Dick and Sheila Cross

Janet Dufrane

Posted at 02:46pm
Our condolences to Jean and the rest of the family. Marilyn and I remember meeting Dick when both the Art Gallery and the 4-H Department were upstairs in the grandstand at the Champlain Valley Fair. Jean was one of our wonderful artists and it was a pleasure meeting her husband. Dick was definitely passionate about youth and 4-H programs. We spent many afternoon and evenings sharing stories between visitors and viewing the 4-H posters and displays that Dick pointed out. Dick was kind and caring to all visitors, always lending a helping hand where needed. We enjoyed his company; he was a true gentleman!
Janet Dufrane and Marilyn Van Houten

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