Richard “Dick” Colantuono died at his home in Woodstock on June 19, 2021 of complications from pancreatic cancer at the age of 72. Dick was born in New York, NY, to Julius and Jane Colantuono.
When he was 9, Dick and his family moved to Locust Valley, NY Soon after moving, Dick’s father died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 36.
Despite this early loss, Dick enjoyed his life in Locust Valley, where he played and excelled in every team sport imaginable. His favorite number was 12. He liked to say that was the age when he could ride a bike to hang out with his pals and play sports and life was not yet complicated by discovering girls.
He was voted “The Most Caring Boy” in the Locust Valley High School class of 1967. Anyone who knew him would agree that it was a fitting superlative.
After graduating from high school, Dick received his BA in Economics from St. Lawrence University. He met several of his longtime friends at SLU and was extremely proud of his alma mater. While there, Dick was golfing and skiing. He was quite proud of the fact that in his senior year he skied 62 days at Sugarbush, Vermont!
He participated in the ROTC while in St. Lawrence, and after graduation he served in the United States Army and was stationed in Hannau, Germany for three years. He took advantage of several years of skiing and golfing in Europe. There seems to be a theme here.
Upon his return to the United States, a college buddy convinced him to move to Vermont to work at Vermont National Bank. Forty years later, having worked his way up the bank, Dick was senior vice president in charge of all branches in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. He was also a member of the executive committee. Due to his expertise and ability to get along with everyone, Dick resisted two bank mergers.
He loved his job because he met and engaged with so many different people. Even in the last days of his illness, he wanted to know the people who cared for him. He had a knack for connecting with people and finding common ground.
Over the years, Dick has served on numerous nonprofit boards of directors in Woodstock, including the board of directors of the Thompson Senior Center, Woodstock Recreation Center, Union Arena and Rotary. He has been an active member of the Woodstock Country Club for 35 years, chairing numerous events, winning the club championship five times and placing second nine times!
He married Ginny Eames in 1990 and became Tyler and Jared’s stepfather at the age of 9 and 7 respectively. He liked to follow their school events, especially their sports.
Dick and Ginny traveled through Europe and the United States with wonderful friends with whom they shared the love of golf, great food and the pleasure of being together.
But the greatest joy of her life was the birth of her first granddaughter Caitlin, followed by Brooke and Hannah. They were the real loves of his life. He was a great grandfather who let them do whatever they wanted: paint their faces or toenails, ride on their backs, fix their hair in ponytails and barrettes. He embraced every moment with incredible patience and love.
Dick is survived by his wife of 30 years, Ginny Eames; his stepson Tyler Eames, his wife Liz and his daughter Brooke; his stepson Jared Eames, his wife Patricia and his daughters Caitlin and Hannah; his mother, Jane Carpenter; his brother Rob and his wife Carol; her sister Betty and her husband Danny; and her sister Maureen and her husband Billy; as well as nieces and nephews.
Dick was much loved and will be missed by so many people whose paths he has crossed over the years. He has always been a gentleman, kind and caring.
There will be a celebration of his wonderful life in the fall.
Donations can be made to the Thompson Senior Center, 1 Senior Way, Woodstock, VT 05091 or Union Arena, 80 Amsden Way, Woodstock, VT 05091.