John L. Richmond Sr.

John L. Richmond Sr., 59, of Prospect Road, Mountain Top, passed away Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012, in the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, where he unsuccessfully awaited a double-lung transplant for a genetic lung disease known as UIP.

Born April 3, 1953, in Kingston, he was the son of the late Anna Smith Richmond and John Francis Richmond.

John worked for Nicholas Trucking, Courtdale, for the past 30 years.

He has angels to receive and welcome him but a little angel that needs him most is our grandson, John L. Richmond III. Amongst the heartbroken John leaves behind are his wife, Laurie Jene Kline Trapane Richmond, Mountain Top; sons, John L. Richmond Jr. and wife, Justine, Hanover Township; Benjamin S. Trapane, Mountain Top; Mark A. Trapane and wife, Lori, Hunlock Creek; and Joshua Q. Trapane and partner, Tracy, Nevada; grandchildren, Natasha Richmond, Benjamin S. Trapane III, Brett Kennedy and Alexis Kennedy; siblings, Theresa Hollock and husband, Dave, Mountain Top; James Richmond and wife, Eileen, Mountain Top; Anne Crilley and husband, James, Mountain Top; and Patty Gorski and husband, Joseph, Maryland; and several nieces and nephews.

Dear Lord: You took my best friend, my heart, my love far too young. Your plan must be of great importance to take away the most loving, caring and decent man I've ever known. We were to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary Nov. 27. When we found out about John's disease we realized that all of our hopes and dreams for our future together would be limited, but came far sooner than any of us anticipated. John loved everyone and anyone that knew him couldn't help but love him back.

John will be missed by so many, including his faithful dog, Maggie Mae, and his bird, Ralph.

Funeral services will be held at 9:45 a.m. Friday from Desiderio Funeral Home Inc., 436 S. Mountain Blvd., Mountain Top, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Jude's Roman Catholic Church. Interment will be at Emanuel United Church of Christ Cemetery, Dorrance Township. Friends may pay their respects from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

The family kindly requests that floral arrangements are omitted and memorial donations be made to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation.

Published in Citizens' Voice on Oct. 17, 2012