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Richardson, Charley
Of Jamaica Plain, age 60, passed away on May 4 after a 6-year battle with cancer. Long-time activist for economic and social justice and peace, Charley worked for decades in the labor movement - at UMass-Lowell Labor Extension Program, the United Steelworkers International Union and other unions nationally and internationally - and was co-founder of Military Families Speak Out. Enthusiastic outdoor adventurer who loved hiking, biking, sledding, climbing, kayaking and introducing children to the outdoors. Charley was known for using duct tape to fix anything, his signature handlebar mustache, his quick wit, loving spirit and delight in entertaining children of all ages. Beloved and eternal soul-mate of Nancy Lessin; loving parent of Nick and Joe Richardson, Nikki Rivera and Nina Lessin-Joseph; awesome grandfather to Anabel, Kai and Teo. Also survived by parents Pete and Corinne Richardson, sister Marcie Richardson, brothers Chris, Peter and John Richardson, and extended family, in-laws and out-laws of all sorts. Charley will also be deeply missed by thousands of trade unionists and peace activists across the country and around the world. Memorial service in Boston being planned. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Steelworkers Humanity Fund, Labor Notes, Iraq Veterans Against the War and U.S. Labor Against the War.

Published in The Boston Globe on May 12, 2013
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