Richard R. Allard

February 29, 1932January 13, 2013

Richard R. Allard, 80, of Keene died Sunday morning, January 13, 2013 at his home following a period of declining health.

He was born in Lyndonville, VT on February 29, 1932, the son of Maurice Allard and Rose (Nault) Allard. He grew up in a family with nine brothers and sisters in Lydonville and was a 1951 graduate of Lyndon Institute. While at Lyndon, Mr. Allard was captain of the football and basketball teams. He was also on the track team as well.

Following high school, he joined the ROTC at Norwich University in Northfield, VT. He was class president all four years, graduating in 1955.

Mr. Allard married his high school sweetheart, Donna Bass in Lyndonville in 1955.

He went into the US Army and served for four years. Part of his time was spent in Okinawa, Japan in the Army Corp of Engineers.

Mr. Allard worked at the Keene Coca Cola bottling plant beginning in the mid 1960’s. After working there several years, he became co-owner and operator of the plant for the next 12 years. He then took what he called a Sabbatical for several years.

Even after retirement, Mr. Allard kept busy and bought the Willoughby Lake Dairy Farm in Orleans, VT.

Mr. Allard then bought a wholesale beauty supply company in Manchester. Over several years, he took the firm from five sales consultants to 25 sales consultants. Through several mergers, the company came to be known as the NEKA Beauty Supply Co.

He was very active in the community serving as a volunteer for SCORE, a member of the Board of Trustees in Keene which made investment decisions for the city, and as a member of the School Board. He and his wife Donna were involved with the start up of the Ashuelot River Park. Mr. Allard was also a member of the local American Legion Gordon Bissell Post #4 and the Keene Lions Club.

During their active years, he and his wife Donna traveled to a number of places including Egypt, Prague and Hawaii. He also enjoyed the outdoors as a master gardener and taking time to make sure the local deer and turkeys had their cracked corn each morning. Golfing, downhill and cross country skiing and bowling were all part of his life.

Mr. Allard was a man from humble beginnings who understood the value of hard work and treating people with respect, regardless of station. His giving spirit was valued by friends and family and seen not only in his community service but also in providing those in need with scholarship money to further their education.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years Donna Allard of Keene; his sons Doug Allard of Manchester, John Allard of Costa Rica, Tom Allard, and wife Charlene, of Pensacola Fl; his daughter Cindy Hensel, and husband James, of Keene; grandchildren Tim, Cory, Lauren, Tiffany, Bobby, Andrea, Christy and husband Robert, Jeffrey and Jarred; sisters Ruth Ingalls, and husband Max, of Lyndonville, VT and Sandra Allard also of Lyndonville, VT; and many nieces and nephews.

Services for Mr. Allard will be held on Friday, January 18, 2013, at 11:00 AM at the Keene United Church of Christ, 23 Central Square, Keene, NH. Calling hours will be held the night before on Thursday, January 17, 2013, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM at Fletcher Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 33 Marlboro St., Keene, NH.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made in Mr. Richard R. Allard’s name to the Visiting Nurse Association Program, c/o Home Healthcare, Hospice and Community Services, 312 Marlboro St., Keene, NH 03431.


  • Calling Hours Thursday, January 17, 2013
  • Memorial Service Friday, January 18, 2013

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Marcia White

January 25, 2013

Cindy and John and family,
Dick was one of the nicest and fair individuals I have ever been blessed to meet. He made a very large difference in my life and that of my late husband Al. He will always be remembered in my heart. I am very sorry for your loss.
Marcia White (Light) Largo, Fl.

Sandy Jackman

January 19, 2013

I was so sad to hear of Dicks passing; I worked at NEKA for many years with Dick and his family. He had a great work ethic which I carry with me to this day. He was fair and cared about family, thats for sure. My whole family remembers company summer outings at Dick and Donnas home. He was a great inspiration to me and was admired by others. My thoughts and prayers are with the whole family at this difficult time.


January 19, 2013

I've lost a dear friend. As John said, Dick was ''a man of immense integrity, honor, and an inspiration to many''. I couldn't agree more. He certainly inspired me. Whether he was selling a bottle of milk---a bottle of Coke---or a bottle of Redken---he was a class act all the way. I admired this gentleman. My deepest sympathies to Dick's entire family during this sad time. A lot of Kleenex was sold today.---Marty Sullivan

Steve Barron

January 18, 2013

Please accept our deepest sympathies.

Ann Szot

January 17, 2013

Cindy, JIm , Christy and Jeffrey- We are so sorry for your loss. Your Dad was such a compassionate man who gave so much to so many people. What an inspiration. Our prayers are for all of you.
Ann and Carl Szot

Jennifer Newcombe

January 17, 2013

I had the honor of meeting this wonderful family and working with them. I would spend time with Donna at their house as well as taking her out to lunch or to visit my mom. She also enjoyed coming to my house to see my farm animals and bottle feed our baby lamb! Dick always made me laugh and was so loving to Donna as well as me. I felt like they were family to me. He was such an honest, sincere, gentle, loving man. Always smiling and cracking a joke. I am deeply saddened that he is no longer here. I have no doubt that Dick will be watching over Donna and his wonderful children and grandchildren.

Nicholas P. Nionakis

January 17, 2013

To the Allard Family: My Prayers are with you all.The positive impact that Richard had on my life was immeasurable. I truly thought of him as I did my own Brother, and Donna as the perfect soulmate to compliment their many years together. May he rest in peace. Nick Nionakis

John Allard

January 17, 2013

As one of Dick's four children, thanks to all of you who expressed your love and gratefulness that we were able to share in his life. He was a man of immense integrity, honor and an inspiration to many. It has been my great honor to follow him in my life. I believe that he accomplished all that he wanted in his life. He chose my mom as the love of his life, passing peacefully after watching a couple of football games at home with her, complete, truly a life well done.

Raynor Smith Sr.

January 16, 2013

Cindy and Family, I am so sorry to hear of your father's passing. I remember him well from our Franklin School days and how kind and generous a man he was. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

January 16, 2013

John and family, so sorry to hear of your father's passing. my prayers and thoughts are with you all.
Lisa Day