Henry J. Richards

Obituary for Henry J. Richards

December 14, 1923 - February 26, 2019
Aurora, Illinois | Age 95


Henry (Harry) Joseph Richards departed this life on Tuesday, February 26, 2019, in Aurora, Illinois. He was 95 years of age. The son of Henry John Richards and Sarah Marie Richards, Harry was born on December 14, 1923, in Jersey City, New Jersey. He had one sibling—Dorothy Richards Westphal.

Harry graduated from William L. Dickinson High School, in Jersey City. During World War II, in 1943, he joined the Navy, serving most of his time on the island of Los Negros, a mandate of Australia. He left Los Negros and military service in December 1945. He spent most of his work life in the printing industry as a lithographer, doing layout work and other jobs. He retired in 1986, but six years later he went to work again, taking a part-time job at St. Peter's University—as an assistant to the director of the Recreation Life Center. He worked there for twenty years, retiring at age 89.

Harry was an amiable man who loved to talk and spend time with his family and friends. He was known for his friendliness and gentlemanly manners. He had a talent for cultivating friendships and had many friends—both old and new, in New Jersey and around the country. His passions were classical music, photography, and cars, especially vintage ones. He spent much of his free time going to car shows in the New York / New Jersey area and photographing them. He also loved nature photography. Harry loved to travel, both in the United States and abroad. He visited Australia, Ireland, the Panama Canal, among other places, traveling abroad into his 80s. In short, he lived not only a long life, but one filled with rich experiences and relationships. He will be missed by many people, and his memory will bring a smile to many lips.

Harry was preceded in death by his parents – Harry and Sarah Richards, his sister – Dorothy Westphal, and his brother-in-law - Frank Westphal. He is survived by his nephew, Richard Westphal, and Richard's wife, Susan Palmer, of Aurora, Illinois.

A private memorial service will be held.

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