Kenneth A. Richards
Kenneth A. Richards, 87, husband of Frances A. (Galicki) Richards of
Linebrook Road, Ipswich, died Tuesday, March 17, 2020 in the Kaplan Family
Hospice, Danvers following his long illness.
Born in Ipswich on August 1, 1932, Ken was raised in Ipswich, a 1951
graduate of Ipswich High School and a 1952 graduate of Builder’s School in
California. He served four years doing heavy building construction with
the Navy Seabees stationed in Subic Bay, Philippines. Returning to
Ipswich, Ken was employed over the years with local contractors including
A.B.C. Mulholland, Inc., Campbell-Haskell, Inc., R.B. Strong and most
recently with the Ipswich Highway Department from which he retired in
When their son was young, Ken had served as both a scout leader and Little
League coach. He collected electric trains, vintage toys, postcards,
antique auto memorabilia and books, and especially enjoyed reading about
WWII history. He loved spending time outdoors, maintaining his yard,
digging ponds on the farm, and was always happy to help neighbors with
their projects. A life member and 1962 President of the North Shore Old
Car Club, he and Fran were often popular participants in local parades
with their antique cars. He was also a member of the Vintage Motor Car
Club of America, the John T. Heard Masonic Lodge AF&AM in Ipswich and
American Legion Post #80 in Ipswich.
addition to his wife Fran he is survived by a son K. Scott Richards
of Norfolk; a granddaughter,
Samantha Richards of Salisbury; a nephew, William Ellis of Concord, NH; a
niece, Deborah Smith, all of South Hadley and his favorite nephews D.
Eric, Michael and Richard Galicki. He
was the brother of the late Florence J. Ellis formerly of South Hadley. A
special thank you has been extended to Debra Waters for her compassionate
care of Ken over the past three years.
Private arrangements were under the direction of the Whittier-Porter
Funeral Home of Ipswich. Memorial contributions in his name may be made to
Care Dimensions, 75 Sylvan Street, Danvers, MA 01923.
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