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Rev. Charles O. Richardson Jr.

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PETERBOROUGH - The Rev. Charles O. "Corry" Richardson Jr., 97, died peacefully on April 5, 2013, at Summerhill Assisted Living.

Born in Weston, Mass., on Aug. 26, 1915, he was the son of Charles O. Richardson and Laura (Woodworth) Richardson.

Rev. Richardson graduated in 1937 from Harvard University. After college he worked for the Boston Herald Traveler newspaper for several years, leaving to join the Navy during World War II. Afterwards, he earned a graduate degree from Harvard Divinity School in 1949. He then served as a Unitarian minister in various churches in Massachusetts and New Hampshire until retirement in 1975, but continued to practice as a fill-in minister and to perform family services into his 80s. Rev. Richardson was Minister Emeritus at the First Unitarian and Congregational Society of Wilton Center. He was active in various organizations including local chapters of the Lions Club and Freemasons.

Rev. Richardson loved the theater and performed for many years in community play productions. He was an avid sports fan, particularly enthusiastic about Harvard football and the Boston Red Sox. Rev. Richardson had an active and inquiring intellect. He delighted in reading, following the news, debating political and theological subjects, and playing bridge. He spent many enjoyable years with his family vacationing at a second home in Kennebunk Beach, Maine. Known for his kind and gentlemanly manner, "Corry" will be fondly remembered and greatly missed by his family, many friends and his devoted care-givers at Summerhill.

Rev. Richardson was predeceased by his wife of 60 years, Elizabeth H. Richardson, and survived by his son Charles O. Richardson III of East Montpelier, Vt., daughters Penelope Richardson Tarrant of East Falmouth, Mass., and Elizabeth Richardson Pare' of Wiscasset, Maine, and four grandchildren, Joshua C. Tarrant, Callan E. Richardson, Alexander G. Pare' and Carter C. Richardson. He is also survived by his three sisters, Ms. Mabel C. Richardson, Mrs. Lucy Rand and her husband Theodore G. Rand and Mrs. Laura R. Payson. A brother-n-law Samuel R. Payson and a son-in-law James Tarrant predeceased him.


SERVICES: A memorial service will be held at the Unitarian Church in Wilton Center at 11 a.m. on June 1.

Published in Union Leader on Apr. 15, 2013
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