(October 2, 1935 – March 5, 2015)
Richard John Albright, 79, born October 2, 1935, passed away on March 5, 2015; the husband of Bonnie Jean Albright who returned to her Heavenly Home on October 15, 2010.
Both Bonnie and Richard made contact with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints through missionaries tracting door to door. It was a cold New England day when Bonnie made an appointment to visit with the missionaries. The discussions were received and their baptisms occurred 10 days later on March 16, 1968, in Scarsdale, New York.
Richard attended Stratford High School in Stratford, Connecticut, and graduated in 1953. Richard also attended Bridgeport Engineering Institute, Central Connecticut State University, and the University of Connecticut. He taught high school at the Danbury Vocational School and became department head at the Norwich Vocational Technical School, where he served as the director of an Introductory Program to Vocational Education. He retired in 1993.
Richard trained at Fort Dix, New Jersey, and was assigned to a field artillery unit in Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Upon discharge he spent several years in the Active Army Reserve. He was active in Boy Scouts serving as a unit commissioner with the Pequot council of Norwich, Connecticut. He served as a negotiator for the State Vocational Teachers Union in contract disputes with the Connecticut Department of Education, representing 17 vocational schools. His service also included three years on the Brooklyn, Conneticut, Zoning Board of Appeals. He was the owner of Fire Protection Equipment Co. servicing, installing and inspecting restaurant fire suppression systems throughout Eastern Conneticut.
Richard served as bishop of the New London, Conneticut Ward from 1972-1977. He was called as first counselor in the newly created Providence Rhode Island Stake serving in that capacity from 1977-1981 when he was called as stake president until his release in 1991. He and Bonnie then served an 18-month proselyting mission to Seattle, Washington, followed by five years temple service in the St. George Temple.
He is survived by a daughter, Wendy Lynn and son-in-law, Donald Kivela of Moosup, Conneticut; three sons, Jeffrey Scott, Richard Mark and daughter-in-law Christine Albright and Jeremy Todd all of St. George; eight granddaughters, Brittany, Matracia, Alexandra, Jessica, Madison, Charlotta, and Danielle of St. George, and Emily of Mossup, Conneticut; five grandsons, Justin and Ryan of Moosup, Conneticut, Evan, Nolan and Benjamin of St. George; and one great-grandson, Brave of St. George; three foster children with whom a relationship has been maintained for some 40 years, Mary Bredefeld of Georgia, Arthur Eck of Arizona, and Mathew Trolan of California. Jeffrey, Mark, Justin, Arthur, and Mathew all served proselyting missions for the LDS Church.
- Funeral services will be held Friday, March 13, at 11 a.m. in the Spilsbury Mortuary Chapel, 110 S. Bluff, St. George.
- A viewing will be held Thursday, March 12, from 6-8 p.m. at the mortuary and also Friday, from 9:30-10:30 a.m., prior to services at the mortuary.
- Interment will follow at the St. George City Cemetery.
Arrangements have been made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, 435-673-2454. Friends and family are invited to sign Richard’s guestbook at the Spilsbury Mortuary website.