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“Toni, We can not express our sadness on learning of the passing of Richard. We are so thankful that we connected up with you both at the Trigger...Read More »
1 of 10 | Posted by: Richard and Carol Hartman - Elgin, IL

“Ricky, Cheryl, Vicki, Frankie, Janie and Tommy. We were very saddened to learn of the loss of your father. Although we had lost touch with Rich ...Read More »
2 of 10 | Posted by: David and Judy Kerns - Leesburg, VA

“To The Family,Cheryl&Curt Just to express to you and your family my deepest sympathy for the loss of your Dad. Letting you know that we are praying...Read More »
3 of 10 | Posted by: Dorrie&Mike Wampler - VA

“Toni, I forgot to add this very appropiate poem copied from the "United States Submarine Veterans Inc" Eternal Patrol to our previous tribute. I...Read More »
4 of 10 | Posted by: Wayne Standerfer - Duncanville, TX

“Dear Toni: Although we are filled with saddness at Richard's passing Judith and I remember with great joy our friendship with him during our Navy...Read More »
5 of 10 | Posted by: john and judy antanies - CO

“Toni, It is hard to express our feeling of loss with Richard's departure. It has left a hole in our hearts that will not be filled. Both of you have...Read More »
6 of 10 | Posted by: Wayne & Jo Lynn Standerfer - TX

“Toni, please accept our deepest sympathy. He will be missed by all. Please find comfort in the memories that you hold close. May God wrap his...Read More »
7 of 10 | Posted by: Stephanie and Ward Trainor - VA

“We're in prayer with and for you and your family during this time. May you know, even more, our Lord's care in these moments. The eternal God...Read More »
8 of 10 | Posted by: Ernest and Darlene Bauserman

“Cheryl and family, We are praying for you and your family in this time of loss. ”
9 of 10 | Posted by: Carl and Mary Sue Burch - WA

“The owners and staff at Fairfax Memorial Funeral Home wish to express our sincere sympathy to you. It is our hope that we may be able to make a...Read More »
10 of 10 | Posted by: Chris Moore - Fairfax, VA


Richard A. McSpadden of Annandale, Virginia passed away on Thursday, May 28, 2009 at Virginia Hospital Center surrounded by his loving family. He will be missed by so many. Loving husband of Toni; devoted father of Ricky McSpadden, Jr. (Renee) Mobile, AL, Cheryl Adkins (Curt) Edinberg, VA, Vicki Waddle (Bobby) Manassas, VA, Frankie McSpadden Gainesville, VA, Janie Rutherford (Jeff) Aldie, VA, and Tommy McSpadden (Toni) Front Royal, VA. He is also survived by his brother William McSpadden; 18 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; four nieces and eight nephews. He is preceded in death by daughter, Ginny, son, Joey, and brother Joseph.

Born in New London, Connecticut on January 26, 1938 to the late LT. Joseph & Eva McSpadden. Following the family path of his father and brothers he chose to join the United States Navy. In 1956 Richard reported onboard the Submarine USS Trigger SS564 as an Electricians Mate. For the next 5 years, he participated in some very memorable operations including trips to and under the polar ice cap, North Atlantic and Northern European patrols to keep watch on the Kola Peninsula during the heat of our cold war with the Soviet Union. In later years, his devotion to his old submarine shipmates was very instrumental in helping to locate and contact long lost Trigger crew members and to conduct the first very successful Trigger Reunion in 2004 in Charleston, South Carolina. Most of these men had not seen each other for over 40 years and they will miss his presence at future gatherings tremendously. After his service as a submariner, he flourished in the crane and steel/precast erection business since the early 1960's. He remains an icon in the industry to this day.

His passions in life included hunting and tournament bill fishing in the Florida Keys. His true love was his wife Toni. Together they enjoyed spending much of their time at their beach house in Ocean City, Maryland with their children, grandchildren, family and friends.

Friends may call at Fairfax Memorial Funeral Home, 9902 Braddock Road, Fairfax, Virginia on Monday, June 1, 2009 from 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Funeral Services will be held at Fairfax Memorial Funeral Home, 9902 Braddock Road, Fairfax, Virginia on Tuesday, June 2, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. Father Kevin Nadolski, OSFS, a dear friend of the family, will be celebrating. Interment will follow at Fairfax Memorial Park.

Contributions may be made to: National Down Syndrome of Northern VA @ www.dsanv.org, Palliative Care of Virginia Hospital Center (703-717-4438), or the American Cancer Society .

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