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Obituaries » E. Henry Richardson Jr.

On Saturday, May 13, 2017, after a short and intense battle with cancer, Henry Richardson, 68, of Warrenton, passed from this life.

Born at home in Ednor, Md., on July 1, 1948, he was the second of three children and the only son born to E. Henry Richardson Sr. and Louise Virginia Leishear Richardson.

Growing up in Montgomery County, Mr. Richardson always loved to read. He graduated from Sherwood High School and then spent several years studying at the Case Institute of Technology (now Case Western) in Ohio before graduating from the University of Maryland with a degree in mathematics and a minor in Japanese history. Mr. Richardson later went on to earn a master’s degree in telecommunication policy from George Washington University.

Henry married the love of his life, Karen Jean Wheeler Richardson, on July 5, 1975, and together they welcomed seven children – Rita, Sarah, Henry III, Patrick, Margaret, Thomas and Karen Elizabeth – into their family and raised them in Annandale before moving to Warrenton in 1999.

Mr. Richardson provided for his family by working for the Verizon phone company for nearly 30 years. After retiring, he spent the last 15 years engaged in a variety of pursuits, including teaching math at St. John the Evangelist Catholic School in Warrenton and at All Saints Catholic School in Manassas, tutoring, participating in the annual WorkCamp for the Catholic Diocese of Arlington as a nighttime security guard and, most importantly, joyfully living out his vocation as faithful husband and loving father and grandfather.

He always made time for grilling, errands, playing games and reading books to the children, putting the needs of his family first. Mr. Richardson served more than 20 years as an election official in the Commonwealth of Virginia, in the last several years taking on the role of the chief officer at a precinct in the Scott District.

Additionally, as a lifelong board game enthusiast, he passionately shared his love of games with everyone, especially his family and regularly attended the annual World Boardgaming Championships held in Pennsylvania. Mr. Richardson’s favorite place to visit? Not some exotic Caribbean island, but the library! Fauquier residents might have witnessed him standing for hours amidst the stacks with a book in hand, lost to the world in some story from history or science fiction or the like. He also loved making trips to True Value to pick up tools and hardware for projects around the home so he could take advantage of their abundant supply of free popcorn on Saturday mornings.

Gentle, humble, persevering, sharp-witted, generous, self-sacrificing and sensitive to others’ needs, with a sense of humor the size of a giant, he was gracious up to the very end. We give thanks for the life of our dear husband, father, grandfather and friend, Henry. We loved him, and we lost him. The Lord gives, and the Lord takes away. Blessed be the name of the Lord!

Survivors include his wife, Karen W. Richardson; his children and their spouses, Rita R. Gudan and husband Peter of Fredericksburg, Sarah E. Richardson of Warrenton, Patrick S. Richardson and wife Emily of Bealeton, Margaret R. Uddin and husband Shahin of West Point, N.Y., Thomas D. Richardson and wife Katie of Killeen, Texas, and Karen E. Richardson of Richmond; two sisters, Sue A. Bowersett and husband Jim of Lynchburg and Dorothy R. Ringgold and husband Donald of Smyrna, Del.; 10 grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

A son, E. Henry Richardson, and his parents preceded him in death

The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 17, at Moser Funeral Home in Warrenton, with the rosary at 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Thursday, May, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Warrenton. Interment will follow at Bright View Cemetery near Warrenton.

Memorial contributions may be made to Crossroads Pro Life Walk, P.O. Box 22190, Columbia, Md. 21045.
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