Richard C., 79, Pomfret Center, CT, died October 2, 2007 at UMass Memorial Hospital in Worcester after a brief illness. Born in Hackensack, NJ, Richard was the husband of the late Meredith (Parsons) Sparling. He leaves behind a son, Peter, daughter, Debra Sparling Broe, and two grandchildren. A veteran of the Korean War, and graduate of Emerson College and NYU, Richard was employed as a financial analyst for Chase Manhattan for 26 years while residing in Allendale, NJ, where he also served as a scoutmaster and advisor with the Boy Scouts of America. He later moved to Olney, Md. and served as Director of Economic and Financial Affairs for the Independent Petroleum Association of America before his retirement in 1992. After retirement, his full time avocation was breeding and showing his award-winning iris, gaining national renown as an authority on garden irises. He maintained a national iris display garden in Olney, MD for many years and had an extensive collection of many types of irises. He will be laid to rest in New Hampshire at his late wife's side. Services and burial will be private.