Richard “Reppy” R. Racine, 71, of Bristol, VT. and a former long-time resident of Winchester, passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 4, 2021 at the University of Vermont Medical Center surrounded by family and holding his daughter’s hands.
Richard was born on January 19, 1950, in Laconia, NH. to the late Jeannette F. (Baron) and Roland W. Racine. Richard was educated in Winchester and graduated from Thayer High School class of 1969.
Reppy enjoyed his time working as a mechanic at Johnson Lumber in Bristol, VT. for 10 years before he retired in 2010. Prior he had worked for the O’Neil Paper Mill, Winchester Wood Floor, Irving Paper Mill all as a machinist along with Winchester Tannery as a Tanner.
On March 22, 1986, Richard exchanged vows with the love of his life Sandra Mansi at O’Neil’s Crestwood Chapel in Ashuelot. Sadly, she passed on March 31, 2018, after 32 years of marriage.
Richard enjoyed many hobbies over the years; weekend trike camping trips with his wife
Sandra, fishing with his family, hunting, woodworking, tinkering with his tractor collection, hosting annual family reunions, and watching NASCAR. For over 20 years Reppy also loved being the Chief Mechanic for Chris Hope Auto Racing #42 Mini at Monadnock Speedway. In addition, he was a member of the Winchester Volunteer Fire Department for many years and especially loved the ‘old-time musters’ and competing against other area departments, he was also a member of the Fitzwilliam Sportsman’s Club.
Mr. Racine is survived by his four children; Heidi Smart of Bristol, VT. Terri Racine and fiancé, Al Droeger. Traci Anson and her husband, Ken of Clinton, CT. Larry Smart and his wife, Debra of Winchester. A sister, Gloria Neill and husband, Roy of Belmont. A brother-in-law, Francis Dominick of Winchester. Nine grandchildren; Elizabeth Walker, Matthew Wainscott (Devyn), Kia Warren (Jeffrey), Mitchael Palmer (Chanel), Justin Racine (Mikayla), Michael Joslyn, Jeffrey Joslyn (Megan), Robert Smart (Tanya) and Andrew Smart (Briana). His ex-wife and mother to his three daughters Marcia Racine. A pseudo-daughter-in-law, Kathy Hope. A God Daughter, Dakota Hope and a best friend, Tom Herbick and his wife, Robin. In addition, Reppy is survived by; eight great-grandchildren, cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Mr. Racine is
preceded in death by his daughter; Tami Racine, on December 12, 1992, and his pseudo son Chris “Hopey” Hope, on May 29, 2016. Along with his two siblings Jean Dominick, on June 3, 2015, and Roland “Bucky” Racine, on January 3, 2021.
A graveside service will be held at Evergreen Cemetery, 60 Forest Lake Rd, Winchester, NH 03470, on Saturday, June 18, 2022, at 10:00 am. A celebration of Life will be held at the Veterans of Foreign Wars, 5 Main Street, Winchester, NH 03470.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Richard R. Racine to:
New Hampshire Fish and Game for Education Programs, 11 Hazen Drive Concord, NH 03301.
All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Home and Crematories, 46 S. Winchester St. Swanzey, NH. 03446. WWW.cheshirefamilyfh.com.