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Charles E. Richardson

Born: Sat., Nov. 27, 1920
Died: Fri., Aug. 3, 2012

Funeral Service

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10:00 AM to 12:00 PM, Thu., Aug. 09, 2012
Location: Witty's Funeral Home- ORANGE

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Charles E. Richardson

ORANGE- Charles E. Richardson, 91, of Ward Road, died peacefully on Friday morning, August 3, 2012 at home following an illness, with family at his side.
Born in Northfield on November 27, 1920, he was a son of Charles and Mabel (Miner) Richardson and graduated from Northfield High School in 1938.
Charles served in World War Two in the Army Air Corps as a tail gunner before being honorably discharged.
In 1941, he married Edna (Knowlton) on August 2nd and had just celebrated their 71st anniversary. He and Edna also built their own home in 1949.
Charles had worked at the former Ansin Shoe Shop and Union Twist Drill prior to his military service. Upon his discharge from the Army Air Corp, he worked at the L. S. Starrett Company in Athol and later went to work at Hamilton Standard in Indian Orchard. After earning his certificate in drafting from self teaching, Charles went to work in Gardner for Harrington-Richardson.
A Master gun smith, he was well known in the area for his expertise in repairing guns.
An avid horseshoe player, Charles won the Massachusetts State Championship in 1979, and also was inducted into the National Horseshoe Hall of Fame. He also enjoyed hunting, bowling, and the Boston Red Sox.
He was a member of the Wheelerville Community Club and a Lifetime member of the National Rifle Association.
Charles was a humble man who loved his family dearly.
Survivors include his beloved wife, Edna Richardson of Orange; children, (Mabel) Ann Hastings and her partner, Michael Maselli, of Orange, Donald Richardson and his wife, Sue, of Wendell, Herbert Richardson and his wife, Doreen, of Athol, Linda Spooner of Orange, and Gary Richardson and his wife, Tina, of Orange; grandchildren, Martin Hastings, Kristin Arce, Jackie Richardson, Donald Richardson Jr., Geoffrey Richardson, Deidre Lilly, Mark Richardson, Lisa Gaudreault, Bill Spooner III, Katie Odenbaugh, Christine Richardson, and Garold Richardson Jr.; thirteen great grandchildren; many nephews, nieces, grandnephews, and grandnieces; and a sister in law, Harriet Richardson of Orange.
Charles was predeceased by an infant, James, a son, Chalres Jr., a granddaughter, Nancy Richardson, a brother, Bill Richardson, and a sister, Thelma Barnes.
Calling hours will be held on Thursday morning, August 9, 2012 from 10 a.m. until 12 noon, with interment following in South Cemetery, Orange.
There will be no formal service.
In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to either the Gardner VNA, 34 Pearly Lane, Gardner, MA 01440 or to the American Lung Association, 460 Totten Pond Road, Waltham, MA 02451.
Witty’s Funeral Home, 158 South Main Street, Orange, is directing the arrangements.
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Ron and Deb Maillet
   Posted Sun August 05, 2012
Heaven just received a wonderful person. Charlie will be missed by many. I keep thinking about all the great years of bowling with him and Edna and those memories will always be cherished. I feel blessed to have been able to have seen him that one last time at the yearly family gathering. Thank you Don as always for inviting us and making us feel like part of the family. God Bless all of you.

Diane Richardson
   Posted Mon August 06, 2012
My deepest sympathy goes out to the Richardson family. Uncle Charlie and Aunt Edna as I had grown to know them through marriage were a very loving an happy couple that I grew to love. My thoughts and prayers go out to the whole family in this time of need. Charlie will always be remembered.
Love Diane

Shirley Coffin
   Posted Mon August 06, 2012
Dear Ann & family. With our sincere sympathy in the loss of your father. May your many memories of him, give you comfort. God Bless you.

Shirley & Bernal Coffin

Shirley (Howe) Gauvin
   Posted Tue August 07, 2012
To the Richardson family, I am sincerely sorry to hear of the passing of Charlie. I met him through my father, Percy, and played horseshoes at their home many times. I have nothing but kind thoughts of Charlie and Edna (always smiling and so gracious). I know he has touched many hearts and will be missed by all who knew him...May he rest in peace.
Kindest regards,
Shirley (Howe) Gauvin
Mount Airy, NC

Jackie Barnes Britt
   Posted Tue August 07, 2012
My deepest sympathy to all of the family. Charlie was a good, kind man. You are all in my prayers.

Jackie Richardson and Richard Brown Jr.
   Posted Tue August 07, 2012
To my entire Richardson Family We would like to say your all in our thoughts and prayers. I believe it was a privilege to have Grampa in my life, and I know Richard feels the same. Even though were far away we will miss and morn Grampa along with the rest of you. He was an extraordinary man, we loved him dearly <3

Donnie Noyes
   Posted Wed August 08, 2012
Sorry for your loss!

Jackie Shiver
   Posted Wed August 08, 2012
I have been blessed to been part of this family for many years..The richardson family has always welcome me into their family with open arms..When id come home to visit Charlie and Edna always made a point to have a gathering at their home..They have to be some of the nicest folks I know very caring..I will never forget charlie and his warm embrace..I know he leaves behind a great legacy.My thought and prayers to all the family..Hugs to all..Love to all..Thank you charlie for the wonderful memories I will charish in my heart till we meet again..

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