TERRYVILLE — Charles Howard Richardson, 79, of Terryville, died Tuesday, July 19, 2016. He was the loving husband of almost 58 years to Sandra (Dyer) Richardson.
He was born on Aug. 9, 1936, in Milo, Maine, to the late Charles E. and Louise (Webb) Richardson. He graduated from high school and moved to Connecticut in 1954. He was employed in the printing industry for 40 years, retiring as pressroom, night superintendent, in 1997.
He then became employed at Kaynor Technical High School in Waterbury as a security officer for 15 years, retiring again in 2013. “He said it was the best job he ever had!” He enjoyed being around the students, they kept him feeling young. He was loved by all of them, they called him their “Security Dad.
While growing up in Maine, he competed in horse shows, belonging to the Penquis Riding Club, winning many ribbons and trophies. He was a 49-year member of the Franklin Masonic Lodge No. 14 and a 50-year-plus member of United Asbury Methodist Church and a member of the Bristol Auto Club. He enjoyed being a part of a great group of people, showing his classic Cadillac at the cruise nights.
He was also an avid NASCAR racing fan, enjoyed working on his cars and around the yard and was an animal lover.
Charlie was a selfless man with a sense of humor who you couldn’t help but like. He was a family man who put his wife and daughters first; he was a devoted husband and father and a much loved grandfather.
In addition to his devoted wife Sandy, he leaves behind his beloved daughter, Heidi Jayne Ingellis, and his four wonderful grandchildren, Lyndsay and John Ingellis II of California, Fallon Richardson and Camron Richardson-Gray of Washington; mother-in-law Mary Dyer; brother and sister-in-law Lance and Pamela Dyer; several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his adoring youngest daughter, Kim Marie Richardson, in April; his grandfather, Howard Webb; aunt Christine (Dodie) Webb; his sisters, Bonnie Cerniglia and Connie Cote, Betty Jayne Richardson and brother Donnie; his father-in-law, Lawrence (Pat) Dyer; his sister-in-law Carole (Dyer) Lishness and brother-in-law Patrick Dyer; his infant daughter, Sherrie Ann; and his shadow and forever friend, his dog Pinky Little.
A memorial service will be held on his honor to celebrate his life where all are welcome to share on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016 at 6 p.m. at the United Asbury Methodist Church, 90 Church Ave., Forestville, Conn. with a reception to follow.
Donations can be made to Lourdes in Litchfield, P.O. Box 667, Litchfield, CT 06759-0667 or to the Animal Rescue Foundation, 366 Main St., Terryville, CT 06786.