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Richard A. Bergeron
April 14, 1950 ~ January 21, 2024 (age 73) 73 Years Old
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It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Richard Arnold Bergeron, age 73, at his home on January 21, 2024. Richard was the treasured son of Lt. Colonel David Charles Bergeron (ARMY) and Mary Catherine (Gill) Bergeron. Richard, or “Richie” as he is known by many, was a kind, loving and strong man. He never met a person who he could not connect with, and he would do anything to help a friend, neighbor, or even a stranger in need.
Richard was born in El Paso, TX on April 14, 1950, and lived in several areas as a child due to his Dad being in the military. For the most part, though, his home was Roanoke. VA where he met his wife of 47 years, Deborah. They were soulmates, and dated for six years before he got the nerve to propose, and they were married in 1976. Richard and Deborah made a good life in Roanoke, had three children, and then he was transferred to Columbus, OH in 1986 when the Kroger Bakery in Roanoke closed. Richard worked for the Kroger Co. from 1977 through 2008, at which time he retired and started enjoying woodworking, SCUBA diving, and maintaining his property in Thornville, OH. One of his greatest joys was to sit on his zero-turn and mow his grass.
Richard was Assistant Scoutmaster and Scoutmaster of B.S.A Troop #68 in Reynoldsburg, OH for many years and helped many young boys become better young men. He was able to lead several to the epitome of Scouting by hiking in Cimarron, NM at Philmont Scout Ranch, and working with them to attain Eagle Scout awards, including his own son.
At a later stage in life, Richard became an avid SCUBA diver and he and his older brothers were able to dive in many exotic locations. He also worked part time at a local dive and skateboarding shop, and his strength was his ability to relate to all the customers, both young and old.
Richard was a person who liked to dabble in woodworking, and several family members and friends possess furniture, photo frames, flag displays and other handcrafted wooden items he has made over the years. He was especially adept at working with hardwoods. He loved doing inlay work and his home has many things made by his talented hands.
During the past three years of his life, Richard took up the hobby of fly fishing, and organized fly-fishing trips to Tennessee for relatives and friends. His last one was in September 2023, and he was thrilled to have a brother, a good friend, a nephew, and his son and sons-in-law attend. They will cherish those memories forever.
Richard was devoted to his family and was extremely proud of all of them. He was a beacon of joy and inspiration to his family and friends. He was especially devoted to his wife of 47 years, Deb. He was also very proud of his three children, their spouses, and his three grandchildren. Being an animal lover to his core, he had a special bond with his dog, Brandy, as well as the other ones (JD, Jackie, Amber) who reside in the home, even the feral cat “Miss Kitty” who has been on the front porch for over 12 years! He built her a house to resemble ours!
Richard is survived by his loving wife, Deborah (Spraker)Bergeron of Thornville, OH, his daughter Katherine (Todd) Dion of Columbus, OH, son Jason Bergeron of Carmel, IN, daughter Kerri (Chris) Raine of Columbus, OH, three wonderful grandchildren, Roxanne Dion, Hailey Raine, and Calvin Dion. He is also survived by brother David C. (Patricia) Bergeron of Roanoke, VA, brother Patrick L. (Cynthia) Bergeron of Roanoke, VA, and sister Melissa B. (David) Carter of Greensboro, NC. He is survived by nephews Adam Carter, Alan Carter, and Patrick Carter, and niece Meagan Bergeron. He is also survived by his very best friend, Ken Bentley of Reynoldsburg, OH, and numerous other close friends and neighbors.
In times of sorrow, let us remember Richard as a man who always had a great attitude even when there were obstacles, who loved all his family with a heart of enormous size, and had a great day even up to his last few hours. May his gentle spirit find eternal peace and may the memories of his presence comfort us in the days ahead. Rest in peace, dear Richard, your light, your laughter, and ornery smile will forever shine in our hearts.
Per Richard’s wishes, he will be cremated, and his ashes scattered somewhere on his property or in the Caribbean at a later date. There will be future Celebration of Life this year for close family and friends.
Contributions may be made to the Animal Shelter Society of Zanesville, OH, or the Licking County Humane Society of Heath, OH in Richard’s honor.
Arrangements are being handled by Bope-Thomas Funeral Home, Somerset, OH.