WATERVILLE -- William "Bill" K. Richards, 73, passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 26, 2012, at home after a long battle dealing with multiple medical illnesses.
He was born in Skowhegan, to Clarence and Dorothy (Oakes) Richards. He was educated in the Waterville school system, graduating from Waterville High School in the class of 1957, and then from Thomas College, class of 1959.
His working career consisted mostly of automotive part distribution throughout Maine and Massachusetts, thus giving him the reputation of knowing many routes throughout the area, not to mention the location of every ice cream shop and diner from one end of Maine to the other.
Following his retirement, he became very involved in doing trips for the Muskie Center where he became famous for his mystery trips. In fact, some of those trips were even a mystery to him until he arrived at a destination. Most Saturday nights were spent seeking out a public supper, where he and his wife of 50-plus years, Jean, would enjoy the hearty feasts prepared by local members of the church or grange that was sponsoring the event.
Wherever they went, even to the grocery store, Jean always made sure she had her set of car keys so that she could get back into the car, as Bill would often get sidetracked chatting with folks that he knew, or even some who he hadn't met yet.
The more recent loves of his life were his two grandchildren, Megan and Blake. He spent much of his time attending Megan's sporting events watching her score points for her basketball team or pitching her heart out in a softball game, and taking Blake to the local airport to watch airplane activity and then to Blake's favorite eating establishment where Bill watched Blake frolic at the inside playground.
Bill is survived by his wife, Jean Richards; two sons, Bruce Richards and his wife, Carla, of Winslow, and Keith Richards and his wife, Robin, of Oakland; one sister, Pamela Pullen of Lake Alfred, Fla.; two grandchildren, Megan Richards and Blake Richards; several cousins; and many friends whom he met through the years.
Bill loved people and he liked to talk. When you met him you were a friend forever. Bill remained friends with many of his classmates from the classes of 1956 and 1957.
The family wishes to thank the staffs of MaineGeneral Medical Center, Thayer Campus, Harold Alfond Center for Cancer Care, HealthReach Hospice and his neighbors for the wonderful care and support he received during his illness.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. with a memorial service to begin at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 29, at Lawry Brothers Funeral Home, 107 Main St., Fairfield. Private burial will take place at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Humane Society Waterville Area, 100 Webb Road, Waterville, ME 04901 or to a
Online guestbook may be signed at www.lawrybrothers.com. Arrangements are by Lawry Brothers Funeral Home, 107 Main St, Fairfield; 453-6049 or 800-660-2111.