Donald J. Richardson died Dec. 15, 2009. He passed away at Eastern Maine Medical Center after a brief illness. He was born in Orono in 1931 and grew up in Hope, part of a large family of six boys and six girls, whom he dearly loved.

In his younger years he was a woodsman and worked with his Dad. He joined the Air Force during the Korean War and came home to meet the love of his life, Patricia. They married in 1957 and have shared 52 years of wonderful memories together. Donald was a devoted husband and father, who always put family and friends before himself. He worked at Jack’s Grocery for many years and was devoted to going to work every day. He had many friends whom he enjoyed seeing daily at Jack’s.

He was predeceased by his mother and father, Alonzo and Eunice Richardson; two sisters, Ruth Meehan and Mary Shepley; one brother, Blaine Richardson; and a son-in-law, Edward J. Scott Jr.

He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Patricia H. Richardson; three children, Dawn Richardson and her partner, Donna Salatka, of Northport, Michael Richardson and his wife, Joan, of Lincolnville, and Julie Bonin and her husband, Michael, of Dixmont; five grandchildren who held a special place in his heart, Megan Richardson and her partner, Nick Day, Lindsey Richardson and her partner, Josh Lemay, Sam Richardson, Ross Bonin and his wife, Ariel, and Brennen Bonin and his wife, Michele; four sisters and four brothers, Margaret and her husband, Raymond Collemer, Louise and her husband, Bill Carlton, Beatrice and her husband, John Pasley, Emily and her husband, Hoyt Haney, Jack Richardson and his wife, Muriel, Butch Richardson and his wife, Donna, Paul Richardson and his wife, Pat, and Ralph Richardson; many nieces, nephews and a special friend, Al Salvatore, who looked out for Donald. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

At his request, there will be no funeral service. A remembrance gathering will be announced in February. In his memory those who wish may make donations in Donald’s memory to People for People, PO Box 1, Thorndike, ME 04986-0001. On-line condolences may be placed at crabielripostafuneralhome.com.