Carleton acquires Stocker Plumbing & Heating

Rich Stocker, left, and Frank Carleton discuss re-painting the Stocker Plumbing & Heating van. Photo by Cynthia Prairie.

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After 50 years in the plumbing and heating business — the last 35 running his own company — Rich Stocker of Chester is packing up his pipes and handing his customer list over to the next generation of independent plumbers.

In addition to his “Rolodex” and other equipment, the owner of Stocker Plumbing & Heating, is turning over the keys to his truck to 30-year-old Frank Carleton, who has been in the trade for 12 years. Carleton started his own business — Carleton Plumbing & Heating — just last November.

Stocker, who will be moving to South Carolina with his wife Diane, co-owner of Chester Flowers, to be close to family, called Carleton “very meticulous. I didn’t want to leave my customers, who are or have become my friends, to just anyone. I wanted to recommend someone who is meticulous like me.”

Carleton, who is licensed to work in both Vermont and New Hampshire, can be reached at 802-236-0995 and

— Cynthia Prairie


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About the Author: Cynthia Prairie has been a newspaper editor more than 40 years. Cynthia has worked at such publications as the Raleigh Times, the Baltimore News American, the Buffalo Courier Express, the Chicago Sun-Times and the Patuxent Publishing chain of community newspapers in Maryland, and has won numerous state awards for her reporting. As an editor, she has overseen her staffs to win many awards for indepth coverage. She and her family moved to Chester, Vermont in 2004.

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  1. Erik Wasklewicz says:

    Best of luck to you Rich, you’ve earned it.


  2. Mieka LeClair-Lundy says:

    Wishing you the very best in your next endeavor!
    Frank Carelton from Gassetts is a great choice!

  3. Rich you couldn’t have left your business and legacy in better hands. Frank is a hard worker, both in his profession and in his desire to provide the best customer service possible. Not only is he a great resource, he is a great friend as well! Congratulations Frank!