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William "Bill" J. Richards Jr. MD

5 diciembre , 193223 agosto , 2018
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Dr. William J. Richards, Jr. passed away on Thursday, August 23, 2018 at Morton Plant Hospital surrounded by his family. Whether he was known as “Doc”, “Uncle Willie”, “Bump”, or Bill he left a legacy of love, compassion, and humor. Bill’s career as a Pulmonologist/Critical Care physician was his avocation as well as his vocation and many patients will remember him for his extraordinary kindness and care.

Bill was born December 5, 1932 in New York City. He served in the U.S. Army 7th Cav in Korea and was always very proud of his military service. He was honorably discharged as Corporal in 1961 He graduated from New York University Washington College of Arts & Science and was awarded the Founders Day Award for scholastic excellence in 1963. He completed his medical degree, residency and fellowship in pulmonary disease at the Albany Medical College & Hospital.

In 1974, Bill moved to Clearwater as the first pulmonologist in Pinellas County. He practiced at the Diagnostic Clinic for over thirty years. During that time he served as President of the Clinic and President of the Largo Medical Center Board of Trustees. He also taught Respiratory Therapy at the St. Petersburg Junior College for a number of years. At time of his death, he was still the National Medical Director for Lincare.

Bill had a passion for great restaurants, reading, military history, fishing and boating which he loved to share with family & friends.

Bill is survived by his wife of 36 years, Kris, his sons, Ian (Poughkeepsie, NY), Dr. BJ and wife Rebecca (Jacksonville, NC), two grandchildren, Sawyer & Zane, sister Susan McGowan, and a large extended family of in-laws, beloved nieces and nephews and a legion of wonderful friends. Bill was preceded in death by his parents, William J Richards, Sr. and Mathilda Rocker Richards both of New York City and brother-in-law, Raymond McGowan.

His family would like to thank the extraordinary efforts of his physicians and the great staff at Morton Plant Hospital.

Bill would like to be remembered for his great sense of humor, his generosity, his gift for recognizing the needs of those he loved and his great capacity to love and enjoy everyone he met. Just before he passed away he said he would rather be in Philadelphia. We wish it could be so.

A Gathering will be held in Bill’s honor on Saturday, September 1st from 10-11am at Serenity Funeral Home, 13401 Indian Rocks Rd., Largo, FL, 33774. A Celebration of Bill’s Life will begin at 11am.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made in his memory to St Judes Childrens’ Research Hospital, Tribute Program, P O Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148.

Servicios

  • Gathering sábado, 1 septiembre , 2018
  • Memorial Service sábado, 1 septiembre , 2018

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Noreen "Reenie" Parker

23 septiembre , 2018

Kris, my condolences go out to you and your family. I'm sorry I was not able to be at the memorial as I had found out the Sunday after. My heart is very saddened by the loss of "Uncle Willie". My memories are of a man that was a great mentor, true friend, and showed respect to all on his "team". He was a true colleaque and "founding father". Dr # 10! I remember like it was yesterday of Morton Plant ICU before Largo Medical Center was even opened. I pray that you find solace and peace with the wonderful life you shared and know that those that knew him well will miss him dearly.

Joella Davis

4 septiembre , 2018

I only met Dr. Bill Richards a few times and always with his wife Kris sitting close by making sure everything would be perfect for him but it was an honor to meet such a well known man and see the love and devotion you two had for each other. I’m sorry for your loss and I pray for continued peace and healing💗

Bob Browsky

1 septiembre , 2018

He was my friend, mentor, confidant, and second father. He always had a joke to tell and had a keen way of making a stressful situation acceptable. "Uncle Willie", you will be forever in my mind and in my heart. You had such a significant impact on my life and the lives of so many others. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

You're one and only "Billy Bob"

Kevin Greenidge

31 agosto , 2018

I only met Dr Bill a few times , and each time I met him he was always smiling and had a gentle word to say. His deep feelings of kindness was always apparent. I know he was loved by many, he will be missed by all. I wish his family well, I am sorry that he is gone.

Kevin

Nancy Hot

30 agosto , 2018

Dr bill took care of three generations of the Hoyt and lumpkin family. We knew how blessed we were to have his expertise and even more to have had his friendship. He is loved and will be missed by all of us. Our love and prayers are with your family.

Robert Medicus

30 agosto , 2018

Dr. Richards was the finest physician I have ever known. The best of the best! Dr. Richards taught me to "Do the right thing" and said if I did what's best for the patient I would never get in trouble. He was right of course. Dr. Bill was loved and respected by everyone and he never hesitated to show his appreciation. "Thank you my friend" or "What a guy!" were two of his catch phrases.

My condolences to his beautiful family.
Bob Medicus

Linda Riordan

29 agosto , 2018

I never had the pleasure of meeting Bill in person but it was very clear the love and devotion Kris and Bill shared for each other. It was such fun to witness the beautiful floral arrangements that Bill sent Kris celebrating her birthday, their anniversary and special occasions. He never missed an opportunity to let Kris know how much he loved her. It was such an inspiration to witness their devotion to each other. How blessed they were to have found each other. Their love will give us all something to strive for.

Helen Smith

28 agosto , 2018

When I think of Bill, I think of laughter and fun. How he always loved to tease Kris and sit back while he poked her temper. Then turn and smile with that devilment in his eyes and laugh with glee once he succeeded. It was always fun to watch that interaction. I remember in particular his teasing comments before you went to Notre Dame and his “love” of all the catholic symbolism and statues, his infectious laugh when I told him he was going to get blisters on his back when he passed through the door.
Brendan fondly remembers one July 4th holiday when Bill as usual was in charge of grilling the burgers and hot dogs. Kris asked him multiple times if they were nearly ready, to which he replied in the affirmative. Once we were all just about ready to eat, he discovered the barbeque had run out of gas! He knew he was in trouble and ran to the store likety-split. He came back with the gas like the savior of the world. It was a fun afternoon with plenty to laugh and tease Bill about. Joey Chestnut, hot dog eating champ was his hero!
When our wonderful house was broken into, I called Kris, both Kris and Bill came to my aid. Bill fully armed was ready to jump to my defense, I was really touched to know someone had my back at a time of need. Indeed, that is how Bill and Kris have always made all of us, the Smith family feel. Part of a loving circle. A circle full of love, joy and fun. You truly did become our family away from home. Catherine and Aodhan have always enjoyed Bill, his endless support and unfeigned interest in their academic endeavors. Not having the opportunity to interact with their own extended family at such a level, he became part of our surrogate family.
Bills tireless enjoyment for life, medicine, friends, conversation and of course food will be missed. It was always a competition between Catherine and Bill in who could order the best ice cream. Wishing you all beautiful memories.
Helen, Brendan, Catherine and Aodhan

Beverly Gifford

28 agosto , 2018

Kris,
My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. May the many great memories you have comfort you as time goes forward.
Bev

Diane Santos

28 agosto , 2018

I've known Dr Richards since I started working as a nurse at Largo Medical in 1986. He ALWAYS treated nurses with utmost respect and valued our opinions. I can still hear his laugh and see him walking down the hall in his lab coat. EVERYONE loved him from the Nurses to the Respiratory Therapists to the Housekeepers but most importantly, his patients who he treated like family. I will never forget him.. and I'm sure many the nurses who are still there feel the same way.



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Biografía

Dr. William J. Richards, Jr. passed away on Thursday, August 23, 2018 at Morton Plant Hospital surrounded by his family. Whether he was known as “Doc”, “Uncle Willie”, “Bump”, or Bill he left a legacy of love, compassion, and humor. Bill’s career as a Pulmonologist/Critical Care physician was his avocation as well as his vocation and many patients will remember him for his extraordinary kindness and care.

Bill was born December 5, 1932 in New York City. He served in the U.S. Army 7th Cav in Korea and was always very proud of his military service. He was honorably discharged as Corporal in 1961 He graduated from New York University Washington College of Arts & Science and was awarded the Founders Day Award for scholastic excellence in 1963. He completed his medical degree, residency and fellowship in pulmonary disease at the Albany Medical College & Hospital.

In 1974, Bill moved to Clearwater as the first pulmonologist in Pinellas County. He practiced at the Diagnostic Clinic for over thirty years. During that time he served as President of the Clinic and President of the Largo Medical Center Board of Trustees. He also taught Respiratory Therapy at the St. Petersburg Junior College for a number of years. At time of his death, he was still the National Medical Director for Lincare.

Bill had a passion for great restaurants, reading, military history, fishing and boating which he loved to share with family & friends.

Bill is survived by his wife of 36 years, Kris, his sons, Ian (Poughkeepsie, NY), Dr. BJ and wife Rebecca (Jacksonville, NC), two grandchildren, Sawyer & Zane, sister Susan McGowan, and a large extended family of in-laws, beloved nieces and nephews and a legion of wonderful friends. Bill was preceded in death by his parents, William J Richards, Sr. and Mathilda Rocker Richards both of New York City and brother-in-law, Raymond McGowan.

His family would like to thank the extraordinary efforts of his physicians and the great staff at Morton Plant Hospital.

Bill would like to be remembered for his great sense of humor, his generosity, his gift for recognizing the needs of those he loved and his great capacity to love and enjoy everyone he met. Just before he passed away he said he would rather be in Philadelphia. We wish it could be so.

A Gathering will be held in Bill’s honor on Saturday, September 1st from 10-11am at Serenity Funeral Home, 13401 Indian Rocks Rd., Largo, FL, 33774. A Celebration of Bill’s Life will begin at 11am.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made in his memory to St Judes Childrens’ Research Hospital, Tribute Program, P O Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148.