Richard J. Vachon

  • Born: August 23, 1946
  • Died: January 5, 2020
  • Location: Manchester, New Hampshire

Lambert Funeral Home & Crematory

1799 Elm St
Manchester, NH 03104

Tel. (603) 625-6951

Tribute & Message From The Family

Richard J. Vachon, 73, of Manchester, New Hampshire, died January 5, 2020 at his residence in Palmetto, Florida, surrounded by his loving family following a courageous battle with cancer.

Born in Manchester on August 23, 1946, Richard was the son of Patrick and Leontine Vachon. He was educated in the local school system, graduating from Ste. Marie High School in 1964.

Richard's career began in the trucking industry as a driver. For more than 20 years prior to retirement, he served as local President and then Business Agent of Teamster's Local 633, known for his good nature, and keen negotiating and problem-solving skills.

Richard enjoyed spending winters in Florida with Ellen, his beloved fiancée, golfing, attending major league spring training games, playing cribbage, and traveling. He was a constant presence in the lives of his children, Kristen and Tom, in their youth and in adulthood as they became parents, always there for them with love, guidance, and support. He was a devoted grandfather to Jack, Jamison, and Jake, whether at the soccer or baseball field, or marking special occasions. Family and friends will remember him as loyal, loving, and generous.

Family members include his fiancée, Ellen Bachman, and her family of Florida; his son Thomas Vachon and wife, Allison; daughter, Kristen Reilly and husband Michael; his grandsons, Jack Reilly, Jamison Reilly, and Jake Vachon, all of Manchester; his siblings, Guy Vachon of Nevada, Robert Vachon of Florida, Claude Vachon, and Priscilla Vachon, both of Manchester, his former wife and mother of his children, Claudette Vachon, of Manchester, and many nieces and nephews.

A visiting hour will be held on Saturday, February 15, 2020 at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, Meetinghouse Road, Bedford, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10:00 a.m. Committal prayers will follow in Mt. Calvary Mausoleum, 474 Goffstown Road, Manchester.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Henry J. Sweeney Post #2 Baseball Program, 251 Maple Street, Manchester, NH 03103, or to the American Cancer Society - NH Chapter, 2 Commerce Drive, Suite 210, Bedford, NH 03110.

Lambert Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting with arrangements.
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Condolence & Memory Journal

I am so sorry for your loss I have known this wonderful man for over 45 years he has been my friend for many years and I loved him forever I wish I could have known when he passed I just found out on Jan of this year because I was looking for him, I am so sorry and sad I didn't know sooner I would have been there I will miss him so much I consider him my best friend.

Posted by Dee Patch - Valrico, FL - Significant Other   January 11, 2021

Our deepest sympathy for your loss.

Posted by Melanie & JIM Gianferante - Manchester, NH - Friend   February 15, 2020

Our deepest sympathies to all family and friends from Sylvie Bernard , daughter of beloved Emilien and Thérèse Bernard. Our thoughts and prayers to you. A celebration will be held at Lac Etchemin, in Québec.

Posted by Guy Lemieux - Quebec - Family   February 10, 2020

Les plus sincères condoléances à toute la famille Line Bernard

Posted by A friend   February 10, 2020

My sincere condolences to the family. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this time of loss.

Posted by Daniel Bernard - Quebec, QC - family   February 10, 2020

My sincere condolences to Richards family. I am thinking of you all.

Posted by Roger Bernard - Levis,Québec,Canada - Family   February 10, 2020


Kristen, and Tommy

I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your dad... You are in my thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.. Kristen, a lot of us from GMS would love to hear from you... you can reach me at

Posted by Lisa Perreault - Milford, NH - friend   February 10, 2020

Posted by Lisa Perreault - Milford, NH - friend   February 10, 2020

My sincere condolences to the family. We all have a lot of good memories of our cousins from Manchester. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this time of loss.

Posted by Dominique Bernard - Joliette,Québec,Canada - Family   February 10, 2020

My sincere condolences to Richards family.
He will be missed tremendously.

Posted by Kathleen Bilodeau - Manchester, NH - Friend   February 09, 2020

Dear family, we are sad to learn that our cousin Richard has left. We wish you our deepest condolences from the Bernard family living in Québec Canada. We had several pleasant moments with the Vachon family in our childhood during our summer visits to Manchester. Time passed and our meetings were rarer. Over the years, Vachon family has been part of many of our happy and sad family events. The last time we saw Richard was in 2008 on our parent's wedding anniversary in Lac Etchemin, Canada. Canadian roots are still present and even if we cannot be with you, you are in our hearts in these difficult times. Richard was a pleasant cousin and we have good souvenirs of him. Your Canadian cousins are with you.

Posted by Marie-Claude Bernard - Shawinigan - Family   February 09, 2020

I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your father and grandfather. I am thinking of you all.

Posted by Sandra Johnson - Manchester, NH - Family Friend   February 09, 2020

I was stunned and very sorry to hear such sad news. Dick has always been considered as a friendly cousin from early childhood. "I will miss you my friend..." My most sincere condolences to Kristen & Tommy and to his entire family."

Posted by Marcel Bernard - Longueuil, Québec, Cana - Family   February 07, 2020

So sad to hear of Dick's passing. He was a dear classmate and I have only good memories of him. My most sincere condolences to Dick's family and loved ones.

Posted by Jeannine Cote - NAPLES, FL - Classmate   February 04, 2020

Was sorry to read of Dick's passing. Have lost several school mates recently and its so hard to see them go. My sincere condolences to the family.

Posted by susan clay - new boston,, NH - Classmate   February 01, 2020

I am very sorry to hear such sad news; Dick was always friendly with everyone he met, and I was always jealous of his "dimples". My sincere condolences to his entire family, and to Kristen and Tom, your Dad was a great guy. I am sorry I will not be in NH to attend the services.

Posted by Sue Pion Martin - Longboat Key, FL - Classmate   January 29, 2020


Very sorry for the loss of your father and grandfather. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Posted by Nancy Reilly - Manchester, NH - Family Friend   January 28, 2020

I will miss you my friend! My condolences to his family.

Posted by Holly - NH - friend   January 10, 2020

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