Former resident of Staten Island, New York, Richard Bardsley, 62, died Aug. 23, 2014, at his home in Homosassa, Florida.
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Richard passed away under the care of hospice and surrounded by loving family and friends at his side.
He was born Nov. 25, 1951, to the late Vincent and Ann Bardsley on Staten Island, New York.
Richard graduated from New Dorp High School in 1969 and was enlisted in the U.S. Army military division.
He loved helping people and got along wonderfully with them. Richard loved to dance. As a young adult, he volunteered his time at Willow Brook care center for special needs.
Richard had hands of gold. He worked most of his life in the construction industry, building and renovating residential and commercial buildings, from hospitals to new homes. Richie had worked with his brother Wayne Bardsley of Quality Crafted Builders for a number of years.
In his youth, he achieved the rank of sixth-degree black belt in the art of Vadha - a form of Indian karate. Richard Bardsley fought at Sunnyside Gardens and Madison Square Gardens in New York, and he was also featured in Black Belt magazine.
Richard is survived by his loving wife, Linda Rose Bardsley; and children Janice Kennedy, Adam Bardsley, Richard Bardsley, Susan Bardsley, Ralph Bardsley and Vincent Bardsley; and 11 grandchildren. Richard is also survived by his brothers, Vincent Bardsley, Wayne Bardsley, George Bardsley and Hugh Bardsley; and his loving sister Susan Ann Williamson.
Richard's life would seem too short to many, but those who were touched by him understood that the quality of existence far exceeds the quantity of time in which one lives. His gentle smile, unconditional love of life and sense of humor brought so much joy to our family.
Husband, father, grandfather, brother, friend, you are in our prayers and hearts forever.
Services will be at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, at Amazing Grace Fellowship By the Sea, 718 Highway 40 W., Inglis, Florida, with Pastor Tom and wife Laura officiating.
The family requests expressions of sympathy take the form of memorial donations to Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast, 8471 W. Perrywinkle Lane, Homosassa, FL 34446.
Published in Citrus County Chronicle on Aug. 25, 2014