Anthony "Tarby" Richards

June 24, 1948January 11, 2021
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Anthony Peter Richards, better known as Anthony “Tarby” Richards, born in Acushnet, MA on June 24, 1948, was 72 y/o when his spirit left the body in New Bedford, MA, January 11, 2021, surrounded by his children, following a month-long battle with Covid-19.

He was a lifelong resident of New Bedford, where he was an influential man that brought a smile and laughter to so many people. He graduated from New Bedford High School, and attended Massachusetts School of Art and Design. Prior to a career with AT&T from which he retired, Tarby was an Army Veteran of the Vietnam War , and he later served during the Gulf War in Iraq as combat support with the National Guard, from which he also retired. He was a champion of Veteran's rights, he loved Golf, Boston sports, chess, photography, helping people, and bringing joy to others. Tarby was most proud of his greatest accomplishments as an incredible father.

Tarby is survived by 5 children whom absolutely adore him: Victoria Richards, Ashley Richards, Gabrielle Richards, Alexandria Richards and Elijah Richards all of New Bedford, and blessed with a grandchild, Mackensie Baptista also of New Bedford. Tarby was born to a single parent, the late Nellie Fonseca Richards, and he has 2 loving brothers: Richard (Dicky) Fonseca of New Bedford, and Melvin (Vinny) Richards of Oxnard, California. Nephew of the late Melvin Teixeira of New York, and leaves behind an aunt Ruby Townsend Teixeira of New York. Tarby was happily engaged to Dorothy Thompson of Middleborough when he passed. Tarby had many loving relatives and precious friends across the USA, Cape Verde, and Europe. In the loving words of Anthony "Tarby" Richards “Always Remember to Pause For The Cause”.

His visitation will be held on Thursday, January 21, 2021 from 4:00pm-8:00pm in the WARING-SULLIVAN HOME AT DARTMOUTH, 230 Russells Mills Rd., Dartmouth. His funeral will be held on Friday, January 22, 2021 at 11:00am at New Life Church, 1331-1335 Cove Rd., New Bedford. Burial is private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his honor to Disabled American Veterans Chapter 7 of New Bedford, 19 Willis St. New Bedford, MA 02740, 508-992-3766, For on-line tributes please visit our website at:



  • Visitation

    Thursday, January 21, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, January 22, 2021


  • Burial Private


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Edgardo Gonzalez

January 30, 2021

SFC Richards was a great guy. He was always smiling and he always had encouraging words. He will be missed.

Nancy and Tee Williams

January 22, 2021

We are so sorry to hear about Tarby's passing. Our condolences and prayers go out to his family. May his soul rest in eternal peace.

Donna Beverly

January 22, 2021

It's farewell to a Loving friend to many many people that Loved you Tarby, you were a special person to us all .You will forever be missed and thought of for your unconditional , selfless way. My Deepest Sympathy to your Entire Loving Family for they're Greatest Loss. May you Rest in the Heavens above.❤🙏

Alan and Hazel Britto

January 21, 2021

Our sincere condolences to Tarby's entire family.
We will miss him more than ever after being long time friends. His kindness, the jokes, all he did for others, and much more. Rest in eternal peace dear friend.
Love and peace to all.
Alan and Hazel

Andrea "Tia" Teixeira

January 21, 2021

Always loved, forever missed.
Rest in eternal paradise.

Otis ( Silky ) Johnson

January 21, 2021

Gone too Soon This Great Man Brother Father Friend has gone
Home,he left but took a part of me with him Tarby has been kin to me from age 7 to present now 65 together we ruled the Disco since from 1976 until 1979 Marco's O's Pub So Dartmouth an all night affair into the blizzard of 1979 lol we couldn't find our Car's the next day, infect I found my car a week later no joke. Our show
was top of the line and state of the art, Tarby invited people from Mass Philly, New York Road Island Connect His brother Vinny came in and his then wife Petra. we lived on Acushnet Ave when I first came to New Bedford age 5 yrs,old, He and my brother Craig played chess for hours, we became more then friends but family, I used his saying at our show's a pause for the cause. we never had unruly crowds. Another quote from Tarby don't start no Sh wont be no IT, just party down. To his children who are now grown and haven't seen me since little children my soulful love for each one of you my the Lord God keep you all, for you're father loved you all past the stars beyond the Moon. I don't recall which daughter plays Chess but I know from your Dad your better than the Teacher.

R.I.P. My Loving Brother for I shall love you All The Days of my
Life Otis aka Silky O

Chaplain (LTC) Paul Barnett

January 21, 2021

He is a Soldier’s soldier.
Had the only smile I know that could outshine the sun.
And it was filled with rays of love, life and laughter.

We soldier’s Salute you Sgt!
Thank you for showing us how to march with character, competence and charisma.

Love and prayers,

Ch. Barnett

Peter Collins

January 21, 2021

During our lives many people enter and exit without much notice or fanfare and then someone comes along and captures your full attention. Anthony Tarby Richards was one of those people. I first met him many years ago when he rented a house in Mattapoisett with another friend of mine Richard Mott. From the initial meeting I felt a true warmth and kindness from Tarby. We lost touch over the years but were reunited a while ago attending shows and cookouts hosted by our mutual friend Lorraine Telo. Tarby was one of those men that everyone would make time to talk with because he was always laughing joking and telling stories. We had a plan to burn a jenga game as though it was tRump tower but sadly covid claimed him before this happened. I plan on going forward with "The Burn" at a later date and I'm sure Tarby will be smiling down from his place in Paradise. May he rest in eternal peace and may God bless him and his family. Antoinette and I will miss him greatly.

Carmela McCain

January 21, 2021

I would like to express my sincere condolences to Tarby’s Family and his fiancé Dot. I did not have the pleasure of meeting him but Was told how special he was to my dear friend Dot I know we must be grateful for the times we have with the ones we love so keep those special treasured memories close to your heart in the days ahead they will help to comfort you as you grieve sending you all God’s love and strength to help you through the difficult days ahead.

Paul & Theresa Almeida

January 21, 2021

We’re so sorry for the loss of a true friend. I’m going to miss our bike rides and our Thursday nights together playing cards.