Windsor - Richard E. Revilla, 93, surrounded by family and loved ones, died Sunday afternoon, January 28, 2018, at the Cedar Hill Assisted Living Home.
He was born in Barre, Vt., on September 14, 1924, the son of Julian and Sadie (Rock) Revilla.
He graduated from Barre High School, attended the University of Vermont where he earned a Bachelor’s degree and then went on to Illinois School of Optometry. His attendance at UVM was interrupted by his service in the United States Navy during WWII. He resumed his education after the war. While attending the University he spied a very attractive nurse walking from class to her apartment. He would observe her along that same route for many weeks but was too shy to introduce himself. One day a female class mate, who knew he had a car, asked him if he would transport a large quantity of bottles to the store. He agreed. They met at her apartment, and as they entered the living room there was that nurse he had become so smitten with. Never known as a man of fast action, he called his roommate Jerry and quickly introduced him to his classmate Jean. Eventually Jerry and Jean married and lived happily ever after. On May 29, 1949 he married that nurse, Alta Jean Ferguson, at Saint John’s Episcopal Church in Poultney, Vt. It was the beginning of a great love story that lasted 62 years until her passing on November 26, 2013.
Dr. Revilla was a kind, humble, gracious, and gentle man. Quick with smile, and always ready to unleash a booming laugh at the slightest, humorous provocation. Like many of his generation his character and values were forged by the depression and World War II.
In Brattleboro he practiced Optometry, served on the local school board, was past president of the Vermont Optometric Association, and was a faithful Rotarian. He and his wife were long time supporters and members of Saint Michael’s Episcopal Church. Their home was always open. Whether it was a young family passing through town who experienced car problems, Columbian students from SIT for a home stay, Little Leaguers from Puerto Rico, inner city kids from their sons’ college basketball team, or the many friends of their children, warmth and hospitality were always extended. He loved to travel. During his last years he was able to go California and visit Yosemite, Mammoth Lakes, Big Sur and do some whale watching. A lover of music, he sang for many years in a local Barber Shop Quartet. He also never missed an opportunity to serenade his wife and family. His life was a life well lived, and he felt blessed, and we felt blessed to have him for all these years.
His spirit remains, and is carried forth daily by his large family that he was so devoted to. He is survived by his daughter, Jean Mee and husband Jim of Rutland Vermont; three sons, Bruce Revilla and wife Sue of Capistrano Beach, Calif., Craig Revilla and wife Kathy of Williston, Vt. and John Revilla and his partner Rita of Langdon, N.H.; seven grandchildren, Brittny, Justine, Michelle, Laura, Maggie, Jason and Chad, and ten great grandchildren. Additionally he leaves two beloved nieces, Jody Hirson and Deborah Scherrer.
He was predeceased by one brother, Julian Revilla.
Friends are invited to call at the Atamaniuk Funeral Home from 1pm -3pm on February 17th.