David "Red" Richards, 73 of Franklin Twp., went home to be with the Lord and Savior Saturday, March 9, 2013. He drifted peacefully surrounded by his wife, children and grandchildren. David was born on July 26, 1939 in New Brighton to the late Charles and Anna Schlusser Richards. He worked as a Pickler at the B & W and later at the Franklin Township Recycling Center. He also served as a firefighter with Franklin Township VFD. He held several offices in the Department during his 24 years of service. He was an active member of North Sewickley Presbyterian Church. David enjoyed going to car cruises, being outdoors, cutting his grass, spending time with his grandchildren and his buddy, Ashes. Throughout his life he served as a coach for both Farm League baseball and Riverside Girls Athletic Assn. softball. He was an avid Riverside Baseball and Football fan never missing a game. David is survived by his wife, Carol Oliver Richards, 5 children, Lori (Michael) Jeannette, Debbie (Howard) Nelson, Mark (Jamie) Richards, Sheri (Todd)Richards-Ault, Misty (Chad) Fitzgerald and his 11 grandchildren who he was extremely proud, Kristen and Taylor Jeannette, Jamie and Justin Nelson, Conner and McKenna Richards, Cheyenne Ault, Talan, CJ, Katelyn and Amber Fitzgerald and a brother James Richards. Besides his parents he was preceded in death by a brother, C. John Richards. Friends may call at the Joseph A Tomon Jr. Funeral Home and Crematory, 97 Grim Ave., Ellport on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 from 2-4 and 6-8 PM. A Funeral Service will follow calling hours at 8 PM Tuesday with Rev. Dr. Maurice Smith, his pastor. Contributions can be made in Mr. Richards name to North Sewickley Presbyterian Church. "Miss Me-But Let Me Go…"
My sympathies and prayers to all of the family during this sad and difficult time. I became great friends with his daughter Sheri and spent a lot of time at their house. He was a warm, kind and caring man who also got me to like the Steelers and Riverside football!!! He will be missed by all of those who were blessed to know him. I will miss you Dave. Sincerely, your "Canadian daughter" Melissa Pepper, Kincardine, ONT. Canada
Gary & Chris (Maielli) MacDonald
Carol, Mark & Lori - so sorry to hear of your loss. Just know that you will be in our thoughts and prayers at this time.
Doug & Lou Ripper
Keep the good times you shared with Dave always close to your hearts and he will always be with you. Please accept our deepest sympathy for the loss of such a wonderful man. He was a wonderful friend threw the years we will miss him. Doug & Lou Ripper
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