Richard Billups, Sr. passed away 3-19-2017 at Green Mountain Nursing Home. Born 11-16-22 in Essex Junction to the late Ruben and Madeline Billups. He is survived by his wife Antonia Rose (Vartuli) Billups of Cochester, Son Richard A. Billups, Jr. of Atlanta, Georgia, Grandchildren Christopher Billups of Colchester, Carla Stine- her children Jonah and Adeline of Tampa, Florida. Janice and husband Cameron Lacey, sons Alexander and Benjamin of Raleigh, NC. Derrick Billups of Raleigh, NC and Danielle Billups of Gainsville, Georgia. Also survived by two loving sisters Margaret Macomber and family of Maynard, Mass. LucyAnn and Keith Marston and Family of South Burlington. Brother Roderick and Ayoko Billups of Washington State.
He was predeceased by brothers Robert, Allen, Charles and sister Ruth Rhoney.
Also survived by Raymond Vartuli, Jr. (Colchester) and two special nieces Shirley Depaul (Essex Junction) and Jenny Vartuli and son Jason (Colchester). Special friend Ann McMann of Williston, VT.
He was employed at George Little Press. He was president and vice-president for three years each for the VT Printers Association. He was on the zoning board of the town of Colchester, Six years as selectman and four years as chairman. Three years on the planning commission, one and a half years on the development committee, one year on the Charter Committee and one year on the Revision.
He was Commander of Sons of Veterans Post of Winooski and Drum Major of the Drum and Bugle Court. He was on the board of United Way for two years.
He was a member of the Fanny Allen Hospital Association which included Board Director, Vice President, Secretary and Chairman of Ticket Committee. Also, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the American Red Cross for the following committees: Nominating, Personnel, Insurance, Revision, Service to Military Families and Veterans, Public Relations, Secretary for four years.
He initiated the first newsletter for Chittenden County Chapters of the Red Cross. Donated 56 Pints of blood over the years.
He was also treasurer for one year for VT of Vocational Industrial Clubs of America Foundation, Inc.
He was a Lector and Eucharistic Minister for 25 years at St. Stephens Church, Winooski, VT.
He attended Winooski schools and College at Greymore, New York.
There will not be any visiting hours. A mass of Christian Burial will take place at St. John Vianney Parish, South Burlington, VT on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 1:30 P.M.
Arrangements by Stephen C. Gregory and Son Cremation Service, South Burlington.
Donations can be made in Richard Billups' name to: Green Mountain Nursing Home, Fort Ethan Allen, Colchester, VT or Association of VT Nurses, Prim Road, Colchester, VT.