Robert ‘Bob’ B. Richardson
Robert B. Richardson, always known as Bob, passed away on Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018.
Robert B. Richardson was born in Nashua, NH in on March 5, 1932. He was the son of Russell and Ann Richardson and had a sister, Nancy Latvis, who predeceased him in 1996. Bob attended Nashua public schools and upon graduation he enlisted in the Air Force. He married his wife Mary Taylor in 1953 and they had four children. Upon leaving the Air Force, Bob attended the University of New Hampshire while working, at times, three jobs. He told his children how he worked every Sunday at a gas station because the owner would let him fill up his car with gas and it allowed him to study for school. He eventually would receive his associate degree in business management. At the age of 21, he started working for Sanders’ Lockheed where he would work for the next 38 years. He started in drafting department, went into Configuration Management, and prior to his retirement he was the Quality Assurance Manager for the Surveillance System Division in Hudson, NH. He was also responsible for the College Recruiting effort for his Division. Bob worked on many of Sanders government programs including space shuttles at Cape Kennedy as well as several submarine programs during his career. He was an associate professor at NH Vocational Institute where he taught evening classes. Bob belonged to the Nashua NH YMCA and played handball as well as racquetball four or five times a week. Bob and Mary lived in Merrimack, NH for more than 35 years and had a summer cottage at Wilson Lake in Maine prior to moving to Florida. He played golf on occasion and actually Scored a “Hole In One” at the Charming Fare Golf Course in Candia, NH.
He was a member of the local Elks in Nashua and after moving to Florida he joined the New Smyrna Grand Lodge #149, and the Scottish Rite Valley of Orlando as 32nd degree member. Bob believed in volunteering and was an AARP Tax Aid volunteer for more than five years in New Smyrna Beach. He also volunteered at the NSB Visitors Center for several years.
Bob was a member of the NSB Golf Club and even became the golf ranger there for a period of time. Bob and his wife, Mary, were also condo managers at the Chateau By the Sea for several years. His parents had been Winter residents of the Chateau starting in 1970 until their deaths in 1989 and 1993, respectively. The Chateau holds many fond memories for Bob, Mary and all of their children. Their daughter, Linda (Doug) Proulx have followed the tradition started by her grandfather and also are residents of the Chateau every April for many years now.
Bob was a man of many talents. He made home videos of his family, designed and printed greeting cards for every occasion and sent them to his family and friends all over the US. He loved working on his computer. He became a master of stain glass and created many beautiful designs and decorative objects. Bob was very organized and meticulous with his house, his lawn and his car. This is a trait that he passed on to some of his children.
He wrote many letters to the local newspapers, as well as to local state and federal politicians. He thought we should all care enough to let our voices be heard.
In his later years, he started to ride his bicycle all around the New Smyrna Beach and surrounding areas. He was often seen stopping in and chatting with the local business owners on Canal Street. Bob loved people and took the time to know them. He earned the name of “Bicycle Bob.” He and his wife were season ticket members in support of the NSB Show Dolls for many years and were exceptionally proud of their accomplishments. He was a member of the City Barber Shop Breakfast group and always enjoyed the conversation and companionship of his friends.
After suffering a stroke in 2011, Bob bravely and diligently worked to regain his skills. He was able to continue working on his beautiful, computer generated cards for many years. In 2017 he moved to Brookdale of Port Orange in order to have his more demanding needs met. He and his family are forever grateful to the staff and residents of Brookdale as it became his second “family.” He enjoyed the exercise classes, singing get togethers, Sunday Services, the dining room meals, outings and friends that he made at Brookdale. He earned the name of “Bingo Bob” because he was so lucky in winning!
Bob is survived by his wife, Mary of 65 years; his four children, Linda (Doug) Proulx, Susan (Ron) Shane, Michael (Kim) Richardson, and Diane Coston; his brother-in-law, Michael Latvis and sister-in-law, Emily Taylor. Bob and Mary have 7 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren and countless friends.
At Bob’s request, no funeral or memorial service be held for him. Instead, he requested his ashes be spread with his parents in Milford, NH and some ashes be spread over the ocean in New Smyrna Beach. He also requested the following poem be published with his obituary.
Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there, I do not sleep,
I am a thousand winds that blow;
I am the diamond glint on the snow.
I am sunlight on ripened grain;
I am the gentle autumn’s rain.
When you awaken in the mornings hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft star that shines at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry.
I am not there; I did not die.
Robert Richardson will forever be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend. His smiles, kindness and love of people will assure his place in eternity.