Richard L. McClintock Jr.
On Feb. 18, the earthly life of Richard L. McClintock Jr., age 86, came to its close. The son of Richard L. McClintock Sr. and Grace Curtis McClintock, Richard “Rit” grew up with his sister, Bernice “Rosie” McClintock in the Mud Alley section of Burlington, Vt. Rit attended Cathedral High School, where he was part of Stunt Nite’s undefeated Class of 1949, a record that stood for 41 years. Following his graduation, Rit joined the United States Navy Submarine Service, serving aboard four submarine vessels. He was discharged in April 1953 and began a long career with the New England Telephone & Telegraph Company, where he made many lifelong friends. He married Mary Kearney on June 12, 1954 and the following year welcomed the first of six children. And so began his real legacy as a humble man of devotion, love, and generosity.
Rit was a longtime member of St. Mark’s Parish. He also helped to coach Little League Baseball in the New North End.
As the children entered high school he became an active member of the Rice Memorial High School Booster’s Club. In addition to raising funds for the various sports teams, Rit became part of a fun-loving cooking crew that served up equal portions of great food and humor for high school banquets and concession stand events. It was with this group that he developed a love for cooking banquet-sized meals, a talent he shared with the chefs from St. Mark’s Parish for their social events and preparing meals for the Salvation Army.
Following retirement, Rit developed a strict routine of weekly exercise that continued throughout the remainder of his life. After the progression of Parkinson’s Disease made it impossible to maintain his regular routine, he joined the Parkinson’s Push Back exercise program where he made strong connections with the participants and coaches. The family extends their thanks and gratitude to program leads Maggie Holt and Parminder Padgett for the support and encouragement they gave, which greatly improved Rit’s quality of life in his final years.
Family life centered around food. Rit loved to prepare the holiday meals for the McClintock family, a tradition inherited from his parents. Easter and Thanksgiving meals could easily exceed 30 people and as the family grew, so did the size of the ham or the turkey. His fudge was legendary. Soon after Thanksgiving, the kitchen became the production line for over 100 pounds of various types of fudge. Friends and family eagerly awaited their Christmas tin of holiday confections. Each year another lucky family was added to the list as the popularity of his fudge grew. As the children established their lives outside of his home, Rit was on-hand for any cooking dilemmas, to shuttle grandkids to afterschool appointments, or perhaps most appreciated, remove a stain from a cherished piece of clothing or athletic uniform.
Rit was supportive of all the activities his children participated in, rarely missing an opportunity to see them in action. In sporting events, he cheered on the accomplishments of not only his children but of all the athletes competing on the team. He exhibited this same enthusiasm while attending thousands of sporting events, concerts, recitals, and graduation ceremonies of his many grandchildren. Rit was immensely proud of his grandchildren and sought to make special connections with each one. Soda Fridays grew to Thirsty Thursdays and the grandchildren eagerly looked forward to weekly gatherings and time with Grandpa.
It is not an exaggeration to say that the love Rit had for his children, his grandchildren and great-grandchildren was the result of the marriage he shared with Mary over the span of 62 1/2 years. A love story that is a quiet example of faith, trust, respect, and commitment. Their love never grew old but grew in abundance.
Besides his wife Mary, Rit leaves behind a legacy of love in his children, Dan (Lisa), Richard (Lee), Michael (Lynn), Tish (Bill) Boldwin, Kathleen (Brian) Bush, and Colleen (Michael) Case; his grandchildren Sean (Kristen), Seamus (Meaghan), Kelly, Bob, Brian, Molly, Richard and Caroline McClintock; David and Kevin (Bonnie Parks) Boldwin; Kati (Troy) Smith; Jeffrey and Mary Bush; Thomas, Matthew and Sydney Case; Daniel (Brittany) and James (Trisha) Shaw; and Carrie (Michael) Painter; his great-grandchildren John and Colin McClintoc;, Finnegan and baby Eloise Smith; Aidan, Colin, Grayson, and Patrick Shaw; and Graham, Caroline, and Claire Painter.
Calling hours were at Lavigne Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Winooski. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Feb. 25 at St. Mark’s Parish in Burlington with internment in Resurrection Park Cemetery in South Burlington, Vt. Condolences may be shared at www.lavignefuneralhome.com.
Memorial gifts may be made in support of the Parkinson’s Push Back program payable to the UVM Medical Center and addressed to: Charlotte Gowen, The Binter Center, Department of Neurology, 1 South Prospect Street, Arnold 2, Burlington, Vt. 05401.