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Michael Nicholas Richard, 62, of New Bern, NC, passed away early on the morning of March 29th, 2018.
Michael was born in Saco, ME. He lived in all corners of the country during his childhood before ultimately settling in New Bern and pretty much refusing to ever leave again.
In 1976, the employees of the Rocking Chair Cinema had the munchies; and a coworker suggested that her friend, Sherri Bowers, would be happy to deliver sandwiches to the starving theater workers.
Two years later, Sherri Bowers became Sherri Richard in a ceremony at Trinity United Methodist Church. Photo evidence shows that white tuxedos were all the rage.
For the next 40 years, Sherri and Michael navigated a marriage between a Duke fan and a Carolina fan - as well as different political ideals - with a love and ease that most of us could only wish for. He loved nothing more than sitting on the back porch with Sherri, dogs at his feet, watching the sun set over the lake.
Most of his adult life was spent working as the manager of local movie theaters, guiding generations of teenagers in the art of popping popcorn and threading projectors. As a manager, he was firm yet fair with his sarcastic, dry humor never far removed.
Michael had an interest in British sports cars, owning several in various states of disrepair. He was once in possession of a British Land Rover with the steering wheel on the right-hand side. He loved to embarrass his kids and scare strangers by letting his dog ride in what we in America assume to be the driver's seat.
As a lifelong Carolina basketball fan, he occasionally terrified his children with his outrage over terrible foul calls. And for many years, he moderated and participated in a variety of UNC basketball online forums under the user name ItszaGhost.
He was a devout member of the Catholic Church, where he helped with the RCIA program.
To be Michael's daughter was to have The Hobbit and The Odyssey as bedtime stories and to learn about Pompeii and Mt. Vesuvius as the family sat on the swing in the backyard, his little girls' heads in his lap. Their dreams were recited and turned into short stories, as fiction was never far from his heart. Stories of red-eyed pigs and a mythical older sister who had been sent to live in Australia became part of the canon.
When he left the movie business, he was able to follow his true passion as a writer. What had once been a hobby could finally be given the time it deserved. He accomplished a lot in a few short years, culminating in the novel Tobit's Dog, which was published by Ignacious Press.
Recently, he found meaning as "granddaddy" to his granddaughter and two grandsons. "Granddaddy is so silly!" was a first sentence for each of them.
Michael was preceded in death by his father, Lionel Arthur Richard; his best friend, Stephen Carter; and his beloved border collie, Cinder.
He is survived by his wife, Sherri, of the home; his daughter Rhiannon Giles and husband Zach of Durham; his daughter Maegen Wilson and husband Scott of Goldsboro; his grandchildren, Lorelei Giles (age 8), Eli Wilson (age 7), and Rowan Giles (age 3); his granddogs, Benson and Maya; his mother and stepfather, Libby and Hal Harbin; his brother, Tim; his sisters, Angela and Theresa; numerous nieces and nephews; and his dogs, Bucky and Sasha, of the yard.
Graveside services will be Sunday, April 1, at 6:00 pm at St. Paul Catholic Church in New Bern, NC. If you knew Michael, you would understand that being buried on both Easter and April Fool's Day is the most fitting date imaginable.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to St. Paul Catholic Church, 3005 Country Club Rd., New Bern, NC 28562 or to Donate Life NC: PO Box 5536, Cary, NC 27512.
Arrangements are by Kahlert Funerals & Cremations in Maysville.

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Published in Sun Journal from Mar. 30 to Mar. 31, 2018.
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April 27, 2018
Dear Sherri and family, I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. I work for Ignatius Press, and I had some personal correspondence with Michael back in 2014. He was very gracious to read and critique some of my own writing, and I am immensely honored and grateful to have had that privilege. Although I did not know him well, from our communication I could tell he had a great sense of humor and a love of life that most people envy. Your family is in my prayers. And I'm sure Michael is with God watching the rest of our stories unfold. God bless you!
Meryl Kaleida
April 3, 2018
I am so sorry for the loss of your husband. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Diana Williamson Kirkland
April 3, 2018
Carolyn C Stewart
April 2, 2018
Sherri, I am so sorry to hear about your husband. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Love, Brenda
Brenda Clemmons
April 2, 2018
My prayers go out to the family.
Vanzolla McMurran
April 2, 2018
To the family, I am sorry to hear the news about your loss. May the God who "binds up the brokenhearted" and "comforts all who mourn" sustain your family during this challenging time. Isaiah 61:1,2
John
March 31, 2018
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God loves you and so do we. Think of you and your family. Any thing we can do just call. Love you
Becky and john Thompson
March 31, 2018
RCIA will never be the same without you my friend. You will forever be in our thoughts and prayers.
Marcie McLure
March 31, 2018
Love and Prayers are with you and your Family I am so sorry
Love Willoree
Willoree Jobe
March 30, 2018
Maegen and family,
I am so sorry for your loss. You will all be in thoughts and prayers as you take this difficult journey.
Karen Garris
March 30, 2018
Sherri,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time. We are so sorry for your loss.
Wanda Williams
March 30, 2018
Sherri, and family, words won't take away the lost and hurt feelings or the loneness, but we do know that God's Healing Hands can heal and His Loving Arms can comfort you when you need it the most. Take comfort in knowing that God is in control and knows what's best, even when we can't see the path. Praying that God will give you peace and comfort in the days, weeks and months ahead. Remember those happy memories for they will get you through your darkest days. Sending love your way.
Darlene Drake Whitfield
March 30, 2018
I miss you so much he was my best friend
jonna simmonds
March 30, 2018
Michael, now that you are in the arms of Jesus you realize just what an impact you had on our daughter Jonna's (aka your little sister in Christ) life. I know you will be watching her become a new creation in Jesus on Easter Vigil. We miss you so much. See you in Heaven one day.
Michelle Simmonds
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