Arthur W. Richardson, 75, died Sept. 14, 2010, surrounded by his loved ones at his residence.

He was born Dec. 26, 1934, in Freedom, a son of Ralph and Julia (Thomas) Richardson. He grew up in Freedom and enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and spending time with his family. He made his career as a self-employed woodsman throughout his life and will be remembered for his generosity and selflessness.

Arthur was predeceased by his parents, Ralph and Julia Richardson, and two sisters, Lena Richardson and Ethel Richardson.

He is survived and greatly missed by his beloved wife of 46 years, Carol Richardson; a brother, Robert Richardson, and his wife, Georgia, of Freedom; three sisters, Mildred Richardson of Freedom, Pauline Richards of Albion and Myrtle Irving and her husband, Kenneth, of Clinton; four daughters, Gail Richardson and her husband, Joseph Sr., of Freedom, Susan Friend and her partner, Kris Thibodeau, of Augusta, Gina Ripley of Bath and Debora Ripley of Carver, Mass.; seven grandchildren, Joseph Richardson Jr. and his wife, Pamela, of Freedom, Heidi Richardson and her partner, Craig Smith, of Freedom, Jason Richardson of St. Albans, Adam Page and his wife, Celina, of Pittston, Tara Oxley and her husband, Fred, of China, Arthur Page and his partner, Erica Albert, of Newburyport, Mass., and Hannah Richardson of Freedom; eight great-grandchildren Karoleigh and Kaitlin Friend, Norman Richardson, Hope and Laci White, and Makayla, Madeline, and Molly Oxley; many cousins, nieces, and nephews. He will also be dearly missed by his four-legged companion, Rose.

Special thanks to his cousin Wesley and his wife, Dot Richardson, for their generous gift and to the Kno-Wal-Lin Hospice Nurses and staff for patience with the family and the great care they provided. Also the love and support from family members.

An 11 a.m. service will be held Saturday, Sept. 18, at the Freedom Congregational Church, followed by a graveside service at Pleasant Hill Cemetery and a gathering at the Freedom Grange Hall.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Kno-Wal-Lin Home Health Care Hospice: 170 Pleasant St., Rockland, ME 04841.

Arrangements are with Crabiel-Riposta Funeral Home, Belfast. Online condolences may be offered to the family at ripostafh.com.