Richard “Richie” John Pauquette passed away unexpectedly at his daughter’s home in North Carolina on Monday, Dec. 19, 2022, at the age of 87.
Richard was born in Comstock, New York, on June 22, 1935, to Melvin and Marion (La Barge) Pauquette. Richie grew up in the “big yellow house” in North Granville with his nine siblings (Jim, Jean, Bernie, Ed, William, Frank, Andy, Mel and Sharon).
At age 17, Richard went to work at Telescope Folding Furniture. In 1953, he joined the U.S. Air Force and was a proud Korean War veteran.
On April 23, 1960, Richard married Joan “Joanie” Jones of Wells, Vermont. Soon after, Richie built Joanie the house just across the bridge on North Street where they lived for 57 years and raised their three children Polly, Dickie and Danielle.
After working for Ridge Homes, Jim Emery and Richard Holcomb, Richie started his own business, Richard J. Pauquette, Builder, which later became Pauquette Construction.
Richie loved his work and carpentry. He was a skilled craftsman and took great pride in his workmanship in every house he built and every remodeling job he did.
Richie was an honest man who always gave his customers an “honest day’s work.” Over the years, Richie employed and mentored many young men (including his son Rich Jr.), teaching and sharing his knowledge and love of the building trade.
Richard was a founding member of the Wells Volunteer Fire Department, serving as assistant chief, the Wells Town constable for several years and a member of American Legion Post 323.
As a husband, Richard was devoted, caring for Joan until her death on Sept. 8, 2021. As a father, Papa, Poppy and uncle he was the best. He will be forever remembered for his gentle and kind soul, never-ending love for his family and special laugh. Richie loved his pets, but especially his loyal canine companion Daisy.
Richie was an excellent cook and made the best baked beans, scalloped potatoes, molasses cookies, rice pudding and chicken and biscuits. Every afternoon, Richie enjoyed a stiff vodka and tonic (with very little tonic and lots of ice). He loved any kind of seafood (especially oysters and clams) and a really rare prime rib.
Left to cherish Richard’s memory are his children Paulette “Polly” Miller (Loren) of Middleburgh, New York, Richard Jr. “Rich” Pauquette of Wells and Danielle Pauquette-Houston (Andy Blanchard) of Moyock, North Carolina. Survivors also include his grandchildren Nicole Bower (Scott), Lauren Flanders (Wes), Alex Towle (Kevin), Jordan Pauquette (Rachel) and Paige Pauquette; great-grandchildren Mason Seuferling, Fiona Graves, Gavin Gensch, Grayson Towle, Libby Bower, Orla Towle, Elliott Bower and Reese Towle; his special niece Michelle Pauquette and special nephew Bernard “Butch” Pauquette; siblings Edmund Pauquette, Andy Pauquette, Melvin Pauquette and Sharon Bouyea; and special life-long friends Lafayette and Nadine Lake and Virginia Armer.
Funeral and interment services for both Richard and Joan will be held at a later date.