James Beasley “Jim” Richardson, 83, a resident of Bethany Beach, Del., passed away on Jan. 14, 2019, at his daughter’s home in Lewes, Del. He was surrounded by loved ones in the weeks prior to his passing. He was born on Oct. 20, 1935 in East Orange, N.J., to the late Mary Quinn Richardson and the late James Beasley Richardson.
From 1955 to 1959, Richardson served in the U.S. Air Force as an airman, receiving commendation for his exemplary conduct, and he later graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University, in 1963.
Richardson enjoyed a long and loyal career with the Prudential Insurance Company, motivating and educating countless colleagues along the way. He retired from the insurance industry as a director of marketing, training and development at Prudential in 1994, and then continued to work as a consultant for the company.
His mantra following retirement was “every day’s a holiday, every night’s a party,” and he brought that joyful attitude to everything he did and everyone he met. Richardson had a lifelong passion for fishing, and his trips with “Captain Kel” will stand out among the many treasured memories for his friends and family. He enjoyed the ocean and was an avid gardener who found a way to grow vegetables at the beach.
Richardson was a passionate supporter of his children, and later his grandchildren, in their many adventures — particularly as a coach, swim-meet announcer and No. 1 fan. He led by example and loved teaching his children, grandchildren and their multitudes of friends anything and everything. Richardson welcomed anyone and everyone into his home and treated them all as family. His love for his family was epitomized by his relationship with his grandchildren, who will carry his love and devotion for them in their hearts always.
Richardson dedicated countless hours to his church community as a lector, Eucharistic minister and Sunday-school teacher at St. Jude Shrine and Church in Chalfont, Pa. He was a Lifetime Gold Retreatant at Malvern Retreat Center and enjoyed making retreats with the St. John Neumann and Christus Rex groups. After the family moved to Bethany Beach, he was a member at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, where he participated in the Men’s Group. Richardson was a life member of the Knights of Columbus and a volunteer with Meals on Wheels Delaware.
Richardson was preceded in death by his son, Joseph Richardson; sisters, Peg McSpiritt and Mary Richardson; and family dogs, Jack and Kharma. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Elizabeth Dalton Richardson; his sons, Jim Richardson and his wife, Lisa, and Patrick Richardson; daughters, Beth Richardson, and Cathy Brokaw and her husband, husband, Rick; brother, Walter Richardson; grandchildren, Matthew and Michael Richardson, Grace and Ricky Brokaw, and Patrick, Meaghan, Mary, David and Brian Richardson; and his beloved family dogs, Hunter and Louie.
Friends and family are being invited to the Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019, at 11 a.m., with visitation at 10 a.m., at St. Ann’s Church, 691 Garfield Parkway, Bethany Beach, Del. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are welcome and appreciated, at Amigos de Jesús; 2200 Byberry Rd., Ste. 110; Hatboro, PA 19040, or online at www.amigosdejesus.org/donate. Condolences may be sent online at www.melsonfuneralservices.com.