Frank D. Richardson PhD

Somersworth, New Hampshire

Apr 28, 1946 – Jul 28, 2017


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SOMERSWORTH – Frank D. Richardson, Ph.D. of Somersworth, passed away peacefully at home Friday, July 28, 2017. He was the beloved husband of Donna St. Pierre for over 32 years.

Frank was born in Nashua, on April 28, 1946. He was the son of the late Frank and Lorraine (Sherman) Richardson. Frank was educated in Nashua schools and served as the Business Manager of his 1964 graduating class from Nashua High School. He received his B.A. from Boston University in 1968 and pursued a Master's Degree in Botany and Ph.D. from the University of New Hampshire.

Frank worked for the State of New Hampshire for over 30 years rising to the position of Chief Wetlands Inspector. He loved his career and put off retirement until 2016 because he was so committed to the protection of the New Hampshire wetlands environment and ecosystem. Additionally, Frank served on the Conservation Commission for Somersworth for 30 years and was a Trustee of the Thornton W. Burgess Society in Sandwich, Mass.

Frank was a man of many interests enjoying photography, artistic box construction, gardening, birding, cooking, antique collecting and selling. He was a true outdoorsman and was happiest traversing through salt marshes, fishing along trout streams, and casting his line when the tide was right for striped bass fishing on Cape Cod. Frank was an avid collector of vintage salt water lures and was proud to be a founding member of the Salt Water Lure Collectors Club and as the club's past treasurer for many years.

In addition to his loving wife, Donna, Frank is survived by his brother, Robert Richardson and wife, Gail; his sister, Kathy Bolton and husband, Steve; his mother-in-law, Irene St. Pierre; his nephews, Aaron Richardson and wife, Heather and their daughters, Madeleine and Caroline; nephew, Seth Richardson and husband, Matt Kovich; nephew, Matthew Richardson and partner, Andrew Rossi; nephew, Daniel Bolton; niece, Mary Bolton and her fiancé, Alexandra Killgren; and nephew, Patrick Bolton. Frank also leaves behind many loving St. Pierre family members including numerous nieces, nephews and in-laws. Frank is also predeceased by his father-in-law, Donald St. Pierre and sister-in-law, Doreine White.

A celebration of Frank's life will be held Sunday, Oct. 29, at 1 p.m., at Spring Hill Lodge, 117 Pond Road, South Berwick, Maine.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Frank's memory to the Thornton W. Burgess Society, 6 Discovery Hill Road, East Sandwich, MA 02537 or to Seacoast Science Center, Odiorne Point State, Park 570 Ocean Boulevard, Rye, NH 03870.

Online condolences may be made by visiting Care for the Richardson family has been entrusted to the Bernier Funeral Home. 

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Donna - My thoughts and prayers are with you through these difficult times. Frank embodied the meaning of gentleman and scholar. Quick to share his vast knowledge with learners of all ages I learned much from him both as a colleague and as a friend. Tight lines my friend!

I remember Frank throughout our school years in Nashua. He was a sweet, gentle person. At one of our high school reunions, when he found out I lived in Plainfield NH near the Connecticut River, he told about the different ferns which grow there. I am so sorry for your loss.


Dear Donna, I am so sorry to hear about your loss.You are in my prayers. your old friend from Bournival's. Bill Gehring

Dr. Frank was a very thoughtful and fair individual. He was respected by all and truly admired by so many. Rest in Heavenly Peace Frank.

My thoughts & prayers are with you Donna & Family.

I worked with Frank on the Somersworth Conservation Commission and was always impressed with his thoughtful and measured approach to his decisions.
My thoughts and prayers go out to Frank's family.

Thoughts and prayers are with you thank you for all the help you gave me in the short time I've known you

I was sorry to hear of Frank's passing. He was a true gentlemen and loved the Seacoast region. I had the pleasure working with him on several projects in the Seacoast and respected his judgement. He will be missed