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Richard Couture
  • September 20, 1949
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  • June 25, 2019

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Obituary

Richard Allen Couture (Cooch) 69 years old of The Villages, Florida passed away peacefully on June 25, 2019 surrounded by his loving wife, children and brother, after losing his battle to COPD. He was born on September 20th at the Mary Fletcher Hospital, (UVM Medical Center) in Burlington, Vermont.  He was a graduate of Burlington High School class of ’68.  Richard was a trucker driver for most of his life where he worked for Canada Dry, Woodbury Lumber, Georgia Pacific and finished his career at New England Motor Freight where he retired in 2007. While in Vermont he enjoyed playing softball, bowling, golf, coaching his children’s little league teams and running whiffle ball tournaments.  He had a real zest for life but what he thought most important was the three beautiful children he and Peggy raised together. Richard and Peggy moved to The Villages 10 years ago to enjoy life and their retirement, an area often referred to as Disneyland for the adults. He is survived by his high school sweetheart and loving wife of 51 years Peggy, their daughters and husbands Tess & Bill Pretty, Shawntel & Todd Burke, their son and his wife Richard & Jodie Couture.  He leaves his grandchildren Elisha & husband Jon, Katelynn, Billy, Alyssa, Nikolas, Chelsea & husband Cody, Cassidy, Jordan, Madison and great-grandchildren Brody, Wyatt, Logan and Lilly. He also leaves his sister Barbara Richards her husband Elmer, his brother Bernard Couture and wife Betty, step sister Janet and many beloved sisters & brothers in-law, nieces, nephews, friends and neighbors.  Richard is predeceased by his parents Robert E. Couture and  Dorothy Couture, sister Ann Beliveau, brother Earnest (Chucky) Couture, step-brother Pete and his wife Judy Couture and step sister Shirley. 

The family would like to acknowledge the amazing care he received in the ICU from his day and night nurses at TVRH, Jennifer, Isabelle, Annette and the Respiratory team Barry, Angela, Rick and Thomas.  Hugs to you all for treating your patient and us with respect and love as if he were your own.  You are the angels Richard and family needed in his final fight. God Bless you!

Per his request there will be no visiting hours or services. Private family services will be held at a later date in Vermont.

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  1. 26 Jul 2019
    Steve & Deanna Hayes says:
    Just learned today (26th) that 'Cooch' had passed away recently as we were getting a quote from an acquaintance on upgrades to our house in Essex VT. I remember him from years at Acme as well as Shawntel, in the office, as I was one of two in wholesale sales on the road. Cooch was a genuine great guy as I remember and everyone was 'Big Dog' to him. Although my inside time was quite limited at work, I always enjoyed my interactions and conversation with him and Shawntel. We also learned that he lived in The Villages where Deanna and I live (Lynnhaven) during the winter months. We were so sorry to learn of his passing and our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time.

  2. 12 Jul 2019
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  3. 30 Jun 2019
    Peggy lit a candle:
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  4. 30 Jun 2019
    Peggy says:
    Dick you were the other half of me! It's going to be tough moving on without you. We have been together so long it's very hard to remember a time when you weren't apart of me or my life. Thankfully our three
    Kids are here for me. We were a lucky couple that loved each other for so long and I'll love you forever! Till we meet again, Lover man!

  5. 30 Jun 2019
    Jack Wilcox says:
    Dick was a good friend and next door neighbor for the last ten years in The Villages. We would talk every day when walking our dogs. Dick really loved his Zeva and Bear before that. Dick also was one of the original members of our neighborhood softball team, setting up our batting stats website. Later, he formed a division 5 team that he coached for several seasons. Dick had a real interesting sense of humor that not everyone appreciated until they got to know him better. His big smile and quick wit will be sorely missed on Lantana Avenue.

  6. 29 Jun 2019
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  8. 28 Jun 2019
    Dan and Fran Prouty says:
    Peggy,
    We are so sorry for your loss. You and Dick were such a great example of young love. To be married at such young ages and to make that marriage work for 51 years is such a tribute to you. You both raised three great kids. They have always been respectful and always there for both of you. That is a major accomplishment! Our thoughts are with you and your family.

    Tess, Shawntel and Richie,
    We am so sorry for your loss. Your Dad was very proud of all of you.

    Dan and Fran

  9. 27 Jun 2019
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  10. 27 Jun 2019
    Wayne and Nancy Blow says:
    Peg, Tess, Shawntel and Richie words are hard to find. Sending hugs, prayers for comfort and lots of love
    Wayne and Nancy.

  11. 27 Jun 2019
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  12. 27 Jun 2019
    Betty and Bernard says:
    . We will miss you May you Rest In Peace snd watch over us! I know you will!!

  13. 27 Jun 2019
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  14. 27 Jun 2019
    Jordan Couture says:
    Grandfather, you meant the world to me. You always made me laugh and smile everyday. You gave me strength and inspired me to fight till the end for what I want in life. We have shared so many wonderful memories together that I will never forget. For instance the time we made that birdhouse together when you still lived in VT, sitting on the couch watching any sport and talking about it for hours, when I came to visit by myself for three weeks and we did so many fun things, watching all the older tv shows such as Gunsmoke or I Love Lucy or Abbott and Costello together and just laughing for hours on end. I will cherish these forever and think of you everyday for the rest of my life! I love you so much Grandfather(how we used to say it to each other) Rest In Peace. I know you will be by my side no matter what and don’t worry I will look at colleges in Florida just like we talked about. I love you!!

  15. 27 Jun 2019
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  17. 27 Jun 2019
    barbara richards says:
    dick you were the best brother any sister could ever ask for i will miss u dearly ill always remember all the good times phone calls that i had with u rest in peace honey i love u with all my heart till we meet again

  18. 27 Jun 2019
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  27. 27 Jun 2019
    Richard Cruickshank says:
    Cooch, you meant so much to me ... you shared your home, your love ,, your laughter.... you did so much for me ... you were many things from brother in law to boxing coach and evething inbetween .... most of all Dick Couture you were my friend. A man I could count on be a "bar room alert" or even if I needed an ass kicking you were there ! I'll never forget you. Rest in peace Dick .. I love you .

  28. 27 Jun 2019
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  31. 26 Jun 2019
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  46. 26 Jun 2019
    Sherri Baxter says:
    I am so very sorry...I am Chucks oldest step daughter Sherri..God bless you all...May you rest in peace and fly high with the Angels..

  47. 26 Jun 2019
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  50. 26 Jun 2019
    Sherry Cushing says:
    We are thinking of you all during this difficult loss. We remember the many cookouts during the BAD car shows your dad attended and helped along with my parents
    Sending prayers and hugs.
    Jim, Sherry, Shelby Cushing