Thomas H. Richardson, 85, of Bell, Fla. peacefully went to be with his heavenly Lord on Sunday, March 28, 2021. He was born July 8, 1935 in Detroit, Michigan. Tom married the love of his life Bridget Downey on Oct. 23, 1976. He was an active member of New Hope Baptist Church in Bell, FL. He served as a mechanic in the U.S. Air Force. Tom had an entrepreneurial spirit and worked in real estate in Ohio, owned Aurora Sod Company in West Palm Beach, Fla., and retired as a farmer in Bell, Fla. Tom was an antique car enthusiast, three time participant in the cross-country Corel Great Race, and was an avid motorcyclist and motocross racer. Together, Tom and Bridget have resided in Bell, Fla. for over 20 years where they enjoyed bowling, classic car club, and many church activities, in particular Bible study and serving on the board.
He was preceded in death by his father Thomas H. Richardson, his mother Mary Couchman, his sister Nancy Baldini, his brother Jerry Richardson, and his grandsons Jimmy Polatty and Danny Gatton.
Tom is survived by his loving spouse Bridget Downey Richardson, his coffee buddy Uncle Dick Hunter, and his siblings Jim Richardson (Beverly), John Richardson, Charlene Carauna, Joey Couchman, Marilyn Fullerton (Gary), and Craig Teur (Sharon). He is also survived by his children Thomas Richardson, Jr. (Kathy), Elaine Colbert, Tina Richardson, Mary Moorthy, Charlie Richardson, Jeff Richardson (Pam) in addition to his step-children Colleen Polatty (Jim), Heather Denlinger (Dave), Kevin Livingston (Debra), Kirstin Carter (Randy), Erin Cencula (Jim), Laird Livingston (Lora), Donal Livingston (Holly), and Patrick Livingston (Becca). Tom is also survived by many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and life-long friends.
A service will be held on Saturday, April 3, 2021 at 11 a.m. at New Hope Church with Pastor Billy Philman officiating. Interment to follow in New Hope Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to New Hope Baptist Church.
That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. John 3:15.