Rev. Paul J. Richardson, 84, Bristol


The Rev. Paul J. Richardson, SSC, of the Columban Fathers, Bristol died on Friday, Nov. 18, 2013, at RI Hospital. He was 84.

Born in Winthrop, Mass., on March 5, 1929, he was the son of the late Leslie & Florence (Barnaby) Richardson.

He entered the Columban Seminary in 1945 and was ordained on Dec. 18, 1954 by Archbishop Cushing in Milton, Mass. Fr. Richardson was assigned to the Philippines arriving there in November 1955 where he spent nearly 50 years ministering in various parishes in Negros Island. He worked with the poor fisherman who lived along the shoreline.

Fr. Richardson will be remembered as a talented man who ministered in a quiet way touching the lives of many people.

He returned to the United States in 2002 for his retirement in Bristol.

He is survived by his sister Ann Snow; nieces Debra and Karen and nephews James and David. His funeral services were held Nov. 14, 2013 with a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at the Columban Fathers Chapel. Serving as the Main Celebrant for the Mass was Fr. James Dwyer with Fr. William Sullivan serving as Homilist.

Concelebrants were Fr. John Hogan, Fr. John Burger, Fr. Paul O’Malley, Fr. Victor Gaboury, Fr. John Buckley, Fr. John Marley, Fr. Joseph McSweeney, Fr, Robert O’Rourke, Fr. William Sweeney Fr. John Moran, Fr. Daniel McGinn, Fr. Brian Gallagher, Fr. Francis Grady, Fr. Vincent Youngkemp, Fr. Bernard Toal, Fr. Richard Pankratz, Fr. Dave Padrnos, Fr. Charlie Flaherty and Fr. Barry Gamache.

Burial followed in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to Columban Fathers, 65 Ferry Road, Bristol, RI 02809.


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