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William "Bill" Richard, age 83, died at Thompson's Guest Home in West Hills, California on Thursday, May 15, 2014. Bill suffered from Alzheimer's disease for the last 6 years of his life, and was in hospice care at Thompson's Guest Home for the last 4 years. He is survived by his son, Lynn Richard and two grandsons, ages 19 and 13.

Born August 4, 1930, in Los Angeles to Lynn and Gladys Richard, he attended George Washington High School and graduated from the University of Southern California. Bill worked for over 30 years as an elementary school teacher for Los Angeles Unified School District. He taught at Purche Avenue Elementary located in Gardena, California during the 1960s and at Taper Avenue Elementary in San Pedro from the late 1960s until his retirement in 1988.

Bill was known for the Taper Avenue 6th Grade Movies, a yearlong school project that produced an hour long super 8mm film every year from 1972 to 1988. These films featured all student actors and other students who worked behind the camera filling every role needed to create a feature length film. The students even built their own sets in the school auditorium. The Taper Avenue 6th Grade Movies were featured by local news programs and in articles in the Los Angeles Times.

Bill married fellow USC alumni and teacher, Shirley McCafferty in 1955 and the two were married for 50 years before Shirley's death in 2006. Bill and Shirley used their summer vacations to travel extensively, integrating their trips with his love of photography. They traveled by car and RV to the east coast and back 4 times. They also took many trips throughout the Western US, eventually visiting 49 states (sorry Kansas). Bill was an avid snow and water skier. Bill and Shirley enjoyed boat-in camping at Lake Shasta with a group of friends during the 1960s and 1970s.

With a zeal for knowledge and a passion for all things technology, Bill pursued many lifelong interests including car rebuilds, computer building, DVD collecting, astronomy and furniture-making. After retirement, Bill moved from San Pedro to Escondido, California. With a condo on the 10th fairway of the Castle Creek Country Club, golf became an integral part of Bill and Shirley's life. They also made many good friends at their condo development and at the Country Club. Please sign the guest book at www.dailybreeze.com/obits.
Published in Daily Breeze on May 25, 2014
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