Mr. Elmer A. Richards, 72, of 2864 County Route 49, unexpectedly passed away early Tuesday morning, March 6, 2012 in the emergency room at the Massena Memorial Hospital.
Elmer was born April 10, 1939 in Hopkinton, the son of the late Edison and Addie Crump Richards. He attended school in Parishville. On June 15, 1963, he married Betty J. Losey at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Brasher Falls with Father Herbert Hannon, officiating.
He first worked in the construction of the Seaway before going to work as a truck driver with Cappione’s in 1957. In 1970, he went to work at Alcoa, where he worked as a furnace operator until his retirement in 2001. Elmer was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Brasher, the Parishville Hilltoppers Senior Citizens Club and the Alcoa 25 year club. Elmer was a hard-working man who loved to cut wood and work with his John Deere tractor. He loved to be surrounded by and visiting with his many friends and family.
Elmer is survived by his loving wife, Betty; his children, Gina and Brian Chase of Massena, Ronald and Juana Richards of Pawling, William and Mary Ann Richards of Brasher Falls and Wanita and Steve Ball of Norwood; six grandchildren, Savannah, Amber and Megan Brooks, and Kristen, Olivia, and Riley Richards; his great grandchildren, Connor and Ryan Moore and Emilyann Friot; his step-grandchildren, Corey Love and Steven Ball, III; and a step great-grandchild, Collin Love.
He is also survived by sister, Beverly Green of Lake Placid; six brothers, Edison Richards, Jr. of Potsdam, Israel and Irene Richards of Ithaca, Irving Richards of Morristown, Francis Richards of Rochester, Rollen and Eva Richards of Potsdam and James and Sheila Richards of Parishville; and many nieces and nephews.
Friends may call Wednesday, March 7, 2012 from 2-4 p.m and 7-9 p.m. at the Donaldson Funeral Home, Massena, where services will be held Thursday at 10:00 a.m. Rev. Garry B. Giroux, officiating. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery, Massena.
Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the American Heart Association or the American Diabetes Foundation.
Condolence may be made online at www.donaldsonfh.com.