Robert “Bob” Douglas Richardson

March 5, 1949 - February 5, 2014
Robert “Bob” Douglas Richardson


Robert (Bob) Douglas Richardson, age 64, died suddenly at home on February 5, 2014.

He was born on March 5, 1949 in Fitchburg, Massachusetts to Gerald and Ann Richardson. Bob was a graduate of Weymouth High School and went on to be drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in 1967. He graduated from Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA in 1972, where he was a member of the Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity and Skull and Key honor society. Bob began his career with Aetna and retired from Travelers Insurance in 2012. He earned many professional certifications during a distinguished career spanning 35 years.

Bob was preceded in death by his mother, Ann, and wife, Janice Brosnan Richardson. He is survived by his son, Michael Richardson and wife Shannon of Wilmette, IL; daughter, Beth Richardson of Boston, MA.; sister, Jane MacDonald of Wilmington, NC; brother, Thomas Richardson of East Freetown, MA; grandchildren, William and Abigail Richardson; and several nieces and nephews.

He was happiest when spending time with his family and was an avid golfer at Porter’s Neck Plantation, where he was a member. When he wasn’t on the course, he enjoyed being on or near the water and shared time between his homes in Wilmington, NC and East Falmouth, MA.

A memorial service will be held at a later date in the Boston area.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his honor may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society at 733 Third Avenue, 3rd floor, New York, NY 10017.

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  • February 10, 2014
    Leslee Hardebeck says:
    I was privileged to work for Bob in the Aetna Grand Rapids office for many years. His kind spirit and gentle ways guided our office. He once told me I had more underwriting authority than he did! During a United Way skit he was one of the singing "amazing raisins" who danced to "I heard it Through the Grapevine". He was always a gentleman. I had not seen him in some time since being retired but had talked of him many times to former colleagues. He was so proud of his children and I know now with both of your parents gone how much he will be missed.

  • April 02, 2014
    Gail Sandberg Preston says:
    I still can't believe he is gone. I'll never forget what a great friend and amazing athlete Bob was. My condolences to the entire family.

  • April 11, 2014
    Dee and Dan Hughes says:
    Dan and I are so sorry to hear of your loss. We would have been Bob's newest neighbors across the street on Ventana Drive. We were looking forward to having such a charming neighbor and will miss him even after our very brief meeting. Dee and Dan Hughes

  • February 08, 2014
    Alan Slobe says:
    Bob was a delight. I always looked forward to meeting him at the Sport Center or joining him for a round of golf. I will miss his smile, his zest for life and his friendship.

  • February 08, 2014
    John Dwight says:
    I got to know Bob this year and played a lot of golf with him. He was a delightful guy and a real gentleman. He will be sorely missed.