POTSDAM, New York (WWNY) – Raymond C. Richards, 66, of Baghdad Road, died on Wednesday afternoon, August 4, 2021 at the University of Vermont Health Network at Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital of complications from a heart failure.
Raymond was born August 20, 1954 in Potsdam, son of the late Irving E. and Doris J. (Bray) Richards. He graduated from Potsdam secondary school and continued his studies at Potsdam State University, where he obtained his bachelor’s degree.
Raymond worked for Pahler’s Packing and Kinney Drugs for many years. In addition, he was a self-employed furnace repairman, dedicating many hours to helping people in his community with repairs. His love for model trains, model car collections, remote control cars and other collections prompted him to purchase the Norwood Hobby Shop, continuing to operate it until his health began to deteriorate. As a young man, Raymond was active with the Boy Scouts of America Troop 57 where he obtained his Eagle Scout and later served as a Scoutmaster. Raymond had a great love for the arts – painting, photography, and collecting were some of his favorite hobbies.
Raymond is survived by his siblings, Irving Richards of Potsdam, Judy Richards-Anderson and her husband, Rodney of California; Cathy Richards and her companion, David Begay of Colorado; Debra M. Weller and her husband, Timothy; and Steve Richards and his wife, Jody from Potsdam; lots of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Friends can call Monday 3:00 p.m. at Donaldson-Seymour Funeral Home, Potsdam, where funeral services will be held at 6:00 p.m. with his brother-in-law, Pastor Timothy Weller officiating. The family asks those present to wear a face covering at all times during the services.
Interment will be held in private at Brookside Cemetery, Waddington.
Commemorative contributions can be made in his memory to the Potsdam Rescue Team.
Friends are encouraged to share their memories and offer condolences online at www.donaldsonseymour.com.
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