Paul Bryant Richards age 82 of Columbus Ohio died peacefully on the afternoon of Friday, November 20, 2020, at Arlington Court Skilled Nursing and Rehab Center following a long illness. Paul was born on March 13, 1938, in Orange Massachusetts, the son of Bryant Tonkin Richards and Eunice Hunting Morse Richards. Paul was married to Judith Lorraine Robertson Richards for 56 years. Judy predeceased him in December 2015.
Paul leaves his daughter Cherylann Marie Richards and identical twin sons Stanley Bryant Richards and Stephen Joseph Richards. A third son Paul Bryant Richards, Jr predeceased him in 1969 after just a few hours of life. Paul leaves six grandchildren: Bryant Tonkin Richards, Lisa Marie Richards, Lauren Amanda McWilliams, Holly Marie Tones, Cordell Wayne Richards, and Mei-Lin Reneé Richards. He also leaves several great grandchildren, countless nieces and nephews, and his beloved dog Lucky. Paul was predeceased by a sister Alice Richards Adams.
Paul served in the Army National Guard. Paul and Judy raised their family in Massachusetts where he worked at the Erving Paper Mill and played on the employee softball team. Paul always had a large vegetable garden and enjoyed canning and freezing his harvest. He and his wife Judy spent many years of retirement in Florida where he joined his community’s shuffleboard and volleyball teams. Paul enjoyed sports, especially the Boston Red Sox, Boston Celtics, and the New England Patriots. Paul was an avid golfer and as an older adult became interested in long distance bicycling. His favorite trips were a bicycle trip around Nova Scotia and a trip from the Canadian border home to Massachusetts through Vermont. Paul also enjoyed hunting and fishing. He would often take his children night fishing at the Quabbin Reservoir in Massachusetts, something that seemed like an incredible summertime adventure with an oil lantern and a long hike through the woods in the dark well after bedtime.
Paul’s family is grateful to the staff of the Memory Care Unit at Arlington Court who cared for him with understanding and compassion for several years. In memory of Paul, please consider making a donation to The Alzheimer’s Association, The American Diabetes Association, or a charity of your choice.