Charles E. “Charlie” Richard
Charles E. “Charlie” Richard of Kennedy, N.Y., passed away suddenly on Sunday, Feb. 4, of a heart attack at age 64. It was not related to the Super Bowl, as he thought football was rigged anyway.
Chuck was born Feb. 2, 1954, in Jamestown, N.Y., to the late Edward and Isabelle Richard.
He graduated from Southwestern High School and attended Jamestown Community College, where he graduated with a degree in criminal justice, which he never used in an official capacity but came in handy for catching his children when they were getting into trouble. He was an employee of Titan X for many years before retiring. Until his death he worked part-time driving for Fancee Transportation. He enjoyed talking with the people he drove and often told stories about the people he met.
He met the love of his life, Brenda Madden and they got married on Aug. 18,1978. They built their home in Kennedy by hand with the help of their families and raised their own family there. He was a devoted caregiver for Brenda throughout her battle with cancer until she passed away in February 2016. He spent his summers since then traveling across America with his favorite child, his dog, Semper. He planned to finish off the last of the 50 states this summer by making his way to New England.
He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his two granddaughters. They were the light of his life (besides Semper, of course). He was happy that he had more time to spend with his family after retiring, especially his sisters. He also enjoyed spending time with his friends and always told his kids how much he enjoyed his “breakfast club.”
His church family helped him through losing his wife and he was proud to be a member of the Busti Church of God. He enjoyed helping his kids with any house projects that they had and fixed their cars for them for years. He was a true handyman.
He is survived by his children: Ryan (Jessie) Richard, Jen Richard, and Kim (Mike) Joslyn; and his sisters: Kay Richard and Betsy Richard. He is also survived by his mother-in-law, Clara Madden, whom he considered his second mother, and all of his Madden in-laws, whom he considered his brothers and sisters.
Chuck lived his life to the fullest and would help anyone who needed it. He was proud of his children’s accomplishments and supported everything that they did. He was an amazing father, friend and human being. He will be greatly missed.
The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday in the Busti Church of God. The Rev. Roy Ferguson, pastor will officiate. Burial will be in Sunset Hill Cemetery, Lakewood.
The family will receive friends from 4-7 p.m. Thursday in the Peterson Funeral Home, Frewsburg.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the UCAN City Mission in Jamestown, which Chuck supported.
Condolences may be sent to Charlie’s family at petersonfh.net.