Richard Griggs Lamson Virginia Fellows Lamson SPRINGFIELD, Vt. — On Friday, Aug. 2, 2019, Richard Griggs Lamson (93) and the love of his life, Virginia Fellows Lamson (90), passed away. They were completely in love and devoted to each other and left the world only 30 minutes apart, showing how inseparable they truly were, and dying the way they lived, together always. Richard was born in New London, New Hampshire. He served as radio mechanic for the U.S. Air Corps in WWII, then worked for over 30 years as a design engineer for Jones and Lamson in Springfield. Virginia was born in Cabot. She was a beautician in Boston, Massachusetts, and later focused on her family and volunteering with the First Congregational Church and Group 9. They met on Feb. 9, 1955, fell quickly in love, and were married only eight months later. This October, they would have celebrated 64 years together. They spent their entire married lives in Springfield, raising their three children, Laura, Janet and Steve. The family spent countless summers with friends and family in New London, New Hampshire, at a cottage Richard built. Those who knew Richard and Virginia have numerous examples of how loving they were to each other: they could often be caught holding hands, looking into each other’s eyes, or reminiscing about their many memories together. Richard was very handy and could always be counted on for his sharp wit, love of music, western books and sweet tooth; whereas, Virginia loved teddy bears, telling stories and couldn’t pass up a good sale. They enjoyed visitors, always welcoming people to stop by for a story, cup of coffee or a bite to eat, or to drop by the cottage for a swim, boat ride, or walk through ‘fairy land.’ They always made people feel welcome and had many friends who considered them family. Richard and Virginia were predeceased by their parents; siblings, Don and Caroline; daughters, Laura and Janet; and their daughter-in-law Bonnie. They are survived by Richard's sister Betty, their son Steve, six grandchildren, four great-granddaughters, many relatives and close friends. A celebration of their lives and love for each other will be held on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, at 1 p.m. at the First Congregational Church in Springfield, where stories can be shared, laughter heard and sadness replaced with the knowledge they are together forever. In lieu of flowers, if you would like to make a donation on their behalf, do so to the charity of your choice.

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