FRAN­CIS WIL­LIAM (BILL) RICHARD­SON

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - OBITUARIES -

SARATOGA SPRINGS - Fran­cis Wil­liam (Bill) Richard­son, 72, of Wil­ton, peace­fully passed away at home on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 7, 2019 sur­rounded by his lov­ing family. Born Au­gust 15, 1947 in Brook­lyn, NY, he was the youngest son of the late Ge­orge Howard and Rita Richard­son. Though due to Rita pass­ing at a young age, he came to know Mae Lowry as his only mother. Mr. Richard­son served in the U.S. Army, 2nd Brigade, 25th In­fantry, the di­vi­sion re­spon­si­ble for es­tab­lish­ing the base in Cu Chi, Viet­nam. Trained as a me­chanic, his prin­ci­pal job while in Viet­nam was driving a wrecker. He was awarded the Com­bat In­fantry Badge, quite an ac­com­plish­ment since he was not trained as an in­fantry sol­dier. He was later awarded an Army Com­men­da­tion Medal for mer­i­to­ri­ous ser­vice. Af­ter his ser­vice in the Army, Mr. Richard­son spent many years as a mem­ber of the Ma­son Lo­cal 77. Dur­ing his ca­reer, he worked his way up from la­borer to small busi­ness owner, then went on to work for large con­struc­tion firms such as Turner Con­struc­tion Com­pany, BBL and VMJR Com­pa­nies as a highly suc­cess­ful pro­ject man­ager. He re­tired from con­struc­tion in 2001. Be­sides his par­ents, he was pre­de­ceased by a brother, Michael Howard Richard­son of Mid­dle Grove. He is sur­vived by his wife of fifty years, Donna Place Richard­son, and two daugh­ters, Michelle and Heather. His older sis­ter, Pa­tri­cia Richard­son Sad­owski, and her hus­band Vince, and their chil­dren are also among Mr. Richard­son’s sur­viv­ing family mem­bers. A fu­neral ser­vice will be held at 6:00 pm on Tues­day, De­cem­ber 10, 2019 at Com­pas­sion­ate Fu­neral Care, 402 Maple Ave. (Rte 9 and/or Mar­ion Ave.), Saratoga Springs, NY. Family and friends may call from 4:00 pm to 5:45 pm at the fu­neral home prior to the ser­vice. In­ter­ment with mil­i­tary hon­ors will held at 11:00 am on Thurs­day, De­cem­ber 12, 2019 at Ger­ald B.H. Solomon Saratoga Na­tional Ceme­tery, 200 Duell Road, Schuylervi­lle, NY 12871 If you wish to ex­press your on­line con­do­lences or view the Obituary, please visit our web­site at www. com­pas­sion­ate­fu­ner­al­care.com.

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