Alfred Richards

Alfred Richards

On Good Friday, April 2, 2021, Alfred Livingston Richards, devoted husband, father of three, and grandfather of seven, passed away peacefully at the age of 86 after a two -year fight with cancer.

The son of Alfred Livingston Richards, Sr. and Louise Read French, Al was born in Washington, D.C. in 1934. Having grown up in the MacArthur Blvd area during the Depression and World War II, Al had fond memories of playing football on the Mall, swimming and fishing in the Potomac, and playing at Glen Echo and Palisades Park. At age 17 he began what was to be a  38 year career with the D.C. Government, retiring as the Chief of the Assessment Services Division. In 1951 he served for two years in the United States Army in Alaska. He also attended the University of Maryland. After retirement he started a successful water garden business in Fairfax, Virginia. In 2003 he and his wife, Helene, move to Charles Town, WV, where he became active in the parish of St. James the Greater Roman Catholic Church.

Al lived for his family, and was an attentive and affectionate father, taking his children skiing, camping, and hiking, while coaching their soccer teams, and supporting their other various activities. Throughout his life he had great love of gardening and the outdoors, instilling in his children and grandchildren a love of nature. He was an avid golfer, and enjoyed fishing and canoeing.

Al is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Helene (nee O’Connor) Richards, his daughter, Laura Richards Bakin (Phillip) and sons, Mark Richards and Jeffrey Richards (Melissa).

He was preceded in death by his parents, eight brothers and three sisters.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 8, 2021 at St. James Catholic Church, 49 Crosswinds Drive, Charles Town, WV.  Inurnment will follow at St. Peters Cemetery in Harpers Ferry, WV.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice of the Panhandle, 330 Hospice Lane, Kearneysville, WV 25430.

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