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
    Mike Giuffrida says:
    Unbelievable, and very, very sad. Bob and I go back many years and shared a great deal over our Aetna and Travelers years together. My wife Donna had the pleasure of working closely with Bob during his General Manager years at Aetna. Bob was always the absolute professional, and a true gentleman of the very first order. Among other outstanding attributes, he was known for his integrity and honesty. Bob's passing is much too soon....much too early. Please accept our deepest, most heartfelt sympathies.

  • February 10, 2014
    Christine Robertson says:
    I am very sorry for your loss. Bobby was a great man. He was a very good friend of my fathers, John McClellan. He was supposed to have lunch with my dad on September 10th, the day my dad suddenly passed away too. He wrote me the most beautiful letter in honor of my dad. Heaven gained a beautiful angel. I'm sure my dad and yours are in heaven playing hoops!

  • February 12, 2014
    Yvonne Leger says:
    I worked with Bob at Travelers. For all of us who worked with him, he was the kind, caring gentleman---always with a smile on his face. Those qualities made him such a joy to work with. I am saddened that his retirement was so short but comforted that he and his wife are together again.

  • February 09, 2014
    Mark R. Surawski says:
    I was fortunate to work with Bob since 1999. He was a great leader, teammate, educator and statesman. Bob was so proud of his family and Will and Abby were the apple of his eye. I will always remember TBG (The Big Guy)for his kind and gentle spirit.

  • February 09, 2014
    Pat Whitney Burns says:
    I am so lucky to have known Bob. He was a funny, kind all around great guy. And who didn't love his laugh. I have many great memories of Bob and Janice. Their smiles could light a room. My deepest sympathies to Beth, Michael and Shannon and all of Bob's family. He was loved and respected by many.