ESSEX JUNCTION -- Robert E. Rainford, 78, went to be with the Lord on April 25, 2014, after suffering from Alzheimer's disease.
He was born in Staten Island, N.Y., to James and Susan Rainford. He came to Vermont in 1965 with IBM, retiring in 1990. He was a vibrant Christian, always reaching out to show the love of Christ to everyone he met. He served his Lord by taking Bibles to China in 1988, being a Gideon locally, and also serving a prison ministry. He was always supportive of his church and youth activities.
He leaves his wife, Betty, of 53 years; four children, Sue Premore (Brad), Robert S. (Linda), Kimberly Russell (BJ), and Gregory (Lucy); six grandchildren, James and Christopher Abbott, Rebekah Rainford, Katie, Jordan and Kelly Russell; two great-grandchildren, Noah and Nathan Abbott; brother, William (Maria); and nephew, Bill (Alyssa).
Services will be held at Jericho Congregational Church on Saturday, May 10, 2014, at 10 a.m., followed by a reception in the Fellowship Hall. Arrangements are in care of Stephen C. Gregory and Son Cremation Service, Shelburne.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Church at Prison, c/o PO Box 8318, Essex Jct., VT 05452.