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Gerald A. Richardson

August 6, 1928 ~ February 13, 2024 (age 95) 95 Years Old
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Gerald A. Richardson Obituary

Gerald A. (Gerry) Richardson age 95, formerly of Kittery Point Maine, passed peacefully on February 13th, 2024, at ‘Webster at Rye’ surrounded by his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. He was born on August 6th, 1928, in Newton, MA to Vaughan A and Myrtle A (Dixon) Richardson of Waltham MA. He is pre-deceased by his wife Freda (Mclaughlin), two sisters, Joan White of Norfolk MA and Janet Davidson of Englewood FL, and his son Glen Richardson of Stow MA. 

He lived a larger-than-life existence touching many lives. 

Gerald graduated from Waltham High School where he met Freda, the love of his life. Gerald and Freda were married on September 8, 1951, in the Beth Eden Baptist Church in Waltham. They started their life together in Waltham where they welcomed three children into the world, Glen David, Vaughan Alfred, and Leigh-Anne. The Family moved from Waltham to Concord MA where they lived as their family grew. In 1988, Gerald and Freda retired to Gerrish Island in Kittery Point Maine and lived there until Freda’s passing in 2022. Gerald is survived by Glen’s Wife Cynthia (Specht) of Stow MA, Vaughan and his wife Linda (Saxby) of York Maine, and Leigh-Anne Dufour of Dover NH, his grandchildren Audra, Sara, Blair, Drew, Kirstin, Christi-Anne, Morgan, Jerry, and Mathew, 14 great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, and cherished friends.

Gerald entered his father’s electrical construction company in the 1940’s and over a long and storied career built the company into one of the leading industrial electrical firms in the Northeast. He was respected by General Contractors, Engineers and other trades people for his skills and ability to help others while forwarding his own career. He had a skill for finding win-win solutions which made people like him and want to collaborate with him. He served as the President of the Boston Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association and on the Board of Directors for years. He semi-retired from the firm in the early 2000’s but continued consulting until his passing, sharing the wealth of knowledge he had developed over the years. He could always be counted on to put the right piece in the puzzle.

As a young man Gerald became enthralled with the game of Ice Hockey. Coming from Canadian roots it is not surprising that Gerald was good at the game, reaching the semi-pro level, with the Worchester Ice Cats, before leaving the game to younger players. He was a lifelong Bruins fan, if there was a game on TV there was a good chance he was watching. 

Gerald was an avid Scouter, lending his skills to Troop 248 in Waltham. Supporting the Minuteman Council,  where his efforts were recognized when he was presented with the Silver Beaver Award. He spent many years tirelessly working to raise funds to support the ongoing programs helping young boys become good men.

Gerald was a lifelong angler, traveling the world Fly Fishing, from Ireland to Iceland to Canada to Alaska, and as far away as New Zealand. He even tried his hand at Bone Fishing in the Caribbean. Gerald told stories of his adventures in Iceland fishing with Jack Hemingway (Ernest Hemingway’s Son). Gerald is mentioned in Jack’s book “Misadventures of a Fly Fisherman” when he discusses his Iceland trip. Through his love of fishing, he made many friends. Their fishing grounds could be found on the Miramichi in New Brunswick, the Connecticut Lakes in Northern NH, countless Maine fishing lodges and treks across Alaska finding King Salmon and halibut. Many of those friends have passed on and with any luck they have located the best fishing spots on the other side. 

Gerald and Freda summered on Kezar Lake in the cottage they built. Welcoming family and friends to this peaceful retreat for quiet weekends, ruckus summer pig roasts, or ice fishing trips.

Despite all the activities Gerald and Freda engaged in, they made it to every concert, play, recital, birthday, game, anniversary, graduation, wedding, and Scouting event for each of their nine grandchildren. Even when they were called the night before and ask, “tomorrow is my concert, can you come?”

Gerald was a Mason for 73 years, a Shriner, and a member of the Waltham Rotary Club. He served in the US Army National Guard receiving an honorable discharge. He was a pilot, scuba diver, a downhill skier for years, and a train enthusiast.

Gerald and Freda had generous charitable hearts, helping family in need and their community, not just with money but with encouragement and moral support when it was needed. No distance was too far when someone needed help.

Gerald was well loved by his family and friends, feared by fish, respected by his peers, and will be sorely missed. 

Visiting hours will be held at Lucas & Eaton Funeral Home in York, ME on Sunday February 18, 2024, from 1 to 3PM with a memorial service starting at 3PM. Internment will be at 11:30AM on Tuesday February 20, at Newton Cemetery and Arboretum, in Newton Massachusetts.

In lieu of Flowers donations can be made to Diabetes Foundation, Kidney Foundation, Jocelyn Diabetes Center. 

A line from the movie “Secondhand Lions” best describes Gerry’s life, “He Really Lived.”


 

 

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Calling Hours
Sunday
February 18, 2024

1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Lucas & Eaton Funeral Home
91 Long Sands Road
York, ME 03909

Funeral Service
Sunday
February 18, 2024

3:00 PM
Lucas & Eaton Funeral Home
91 Long Sands Road
York, ME 03909

Interment
Tuesday
February 20, 2024

11:30 AM
Newton Cemetery
791 Walnut Street
Newton, MA 02459

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