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William Richardson

William J. Richardson

Wednesday, December 5th, 1928 - Thursday, January 2nd, 2020
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Richardson, William J., age 91 passed in his life-long Arlington home, surrounded by his loving wife and family on January 2. Beloved husband of Beulah P. Richardson. Father of Jessie Spears and husband Warren of Littleton, Burt Richardson and wife Susan of Arlington and Brian Richardson and wife Sherry of Stratham, NH. Proud grandfather of Derek, Douglas and Katelyn Richardson, Chandler and Connor Collins, Grace and Anna Richardson. He is predeceased by brother Edward Richardson and sister Barbara Stygles. He was raised in the loving home of Harry Lee Slocum and wife Winifred Jessie (Betts) Slocum of Arlington. Also survived by many nieces and nephews, extended family and friends.
He enlisted in the army in 1946 and served in World War II. Upon returning from his proud military service, he met his loving wife, worked as a skilled carpenter, and raised his family in his childhood Arlington home. He was also a longtime member of The Aleppo Shriners and Grace Chapel. William touched the lives of many and will be greatly missed by all those who were fortunate to know him.
Family and friends are invited to visit in The DeVito Funeral Home 1145 Mass Avenue ARLINGTON Saturday January 11 from 12:00pm to 2:00pm with a funeral home service to commence at 2:00pm. In lieu of flowers donations to: The Shriners Hospitals for Children 51 Blossom St., Boston, MA 02114 or American Cancer Society 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701 would be appreciated.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Saturday, January 11th, 2020 | 12:00pm - 2:00pm
    When
    Saturday, January 11th, 2020 12:00pm - 2:00pm
    Location
    DeVito Funeral Home - Arlington
    Address
    1145 Massachusetts Ave.
    ARLINGTON, MA 02476
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Saturday, January 11th, 2020 | 2:00pm
    When
    Saturday, January 11th, 2020 2:00pm
    Location
    DeVito Funeral Home - Arlington
    Address
    1145 Massachusetts Ave.
    ARLINGTON, MA 02476
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Officiant
    Rev. Cynthia Fantasia

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Michael Collins

Posted at 08:28pm
Dear Patti, Jessie, and all the family, I am very, very sorry to hear about Bill's passing. He was always very kind to me in every possible way. He never had a negative thing to say about anyone or anything. Even when he wasn't feeling so well, he never complained. I had many long conversations with him about his mother, his life as a child growing up, his explorations. He would share with me his frustrations and also his regrets but all the while he was always happy in the very place he was at that time. He had shared with me many things he told no one else....which of course gave me great honor and joy in knowing the trust he imparted to me. I do know for sure that he loved his wife, his children, and his grandchildren. He loved his friends and valued each and every one of them. I have missed him all of these years and will miss him more now knowing he is no longer physically with us. The world was a much better place with Billy Richardson in it.
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Dick Cleveland

Posted at 01:52pm
Dear Pat and Family, We're sorry to hear about Bill. Pat, I do want to thank you for all the years you were with Bill. He was a hero to us Turkey Hill Kids and touched the lives of many people in a positive way. With a smile, the rope swing that Billy built in a tree out behind the house is the first thing that comes to everyone's mind if you mention his name. The swing was GREAT. He went beyond that by setting a positive example with everything he did. I don't remember Billy getting angry around us kids. I do remember that he took my brother, sister and I all the way down to the Regent Theater in the center - with his girl friend - and told us we could only go if we agreed to sit in front of him and her and didn't turn around to look at them. He had a great sense of humor and we all loved being around him.
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Dorothy Casassa

Posted at 08:48am
Dearest Cousin Billy - I will always very fondly remember you and the happy memories of growing up together in the Slocum clan. I am so very proud to have known you and your kind and generous nature. You are much beloved. Pat and family, please accept our heartfelt condolences. We are so sorry that we cannot attend the services today. You are in our thoughts and prayers. With Love, Dorothy & Charlie Casassa and Family, and Charles Slocum and Family, Naples, FL
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Rick Umali

Posted at 08:21pm
My family and I mourn the loss of Bill Richardson and we offer our condolences. We knew him as our fine neighbor up the street. He was a gentle man, always waving and being friendly. One time long ago he saw me with my little infant girl, and sensing my mood he said "the days are long, but the years are short." I always think about that piece of wisdom from Bill, and the perspective that gave me. Rest in Peace, Bill.
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