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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 1997.

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.

In 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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