George Richardson

Obituary of George Richardson

George E. Richardson, Jr., 80, a longtime resident of Pompton Plains, passed away Friday, May 12, 2017.

Born in Passaic, George was the son of George E. Richardson Sr. and Margaret (nee Miller) Richardson. The family lived briefly in Clifton, but he was raised mostly in Fair Lawn. He attended Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania, and later Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, before entering the Army in 1960.

Marrying Carol Shippee in 1961, the couple lived in Arlington, Virginia, for a short time before George was stationed in Germany. Carol returned home to live with her parents until George was discharged in 1963. Together, the couple settled in Pompton Plains shortly after the birth of their first son.

George was a longtime employee of NJ Bell (later Bell Atlantic). He started his career as an Installer before earning a position as a Foreman, and finally, Project Manager. George was always dedicated to his job, and was known for his keen ability and patience at solving difficult problems.

A soft-spoken, patient man, George will always be remembered by his family for his thoughtfulness. His son, Scott, recounted that his father would always listen well to any question asked, and would think it over quite a bit before giving his answer. In turn, his advice was well received and often very appreciated.

Following his retirement, George enjoyed tinkering in his yard, mowing his lawn, and following the stock market. The son of a Wall Street bond-trader, George thoroughly understood the economy, and would start every day following the markets on the business channel.

He is lovingly survived by his wife, Carol, and his sons, George Jr. and David Scott. He was predeceased by his parents, George Sr. and Margaret, as well as his sister, Kathleen.

Visiting hours will be Wednesday from 2-4 & 7-9 pm at the funeral home. A funeral service will be held 10 am Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will follow at George Washington Memorial Park, Paramus.

In lieu of flowers, donations in George's memory to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City would be greatly appreciated by the Richardson family.