Eleanor Richards

May 24, 1941August 8, 2012

Eleanor “Sugar” Richards passed away on August 8, 2012 with her loving family by her side. She was 71 years old. Eleanor was born in Yonkers, NY on May 24, 1941 to Thomas F. Howley and Bridget Etta Lappin.

Eleanor married the love of her life, Nicholas Richards, on November 13, 1965. He predeceased her on August 3, 2002. She was also predeceased by her brother, Frank; Eleanor is survived by many nieces and nephews and her loving brothers Thomas and Johnny Howley.

Eleanor “Sugar” Richards lived for her two granddaughters, Jessica and Jacqueline. Her greatest pleasure was spending time with her granddaughters - going to the movies, cooking, having girls’ night sleepovers, planning day adventures, and trips to the beach. She was devoted to her daughter Jennifer Kilb and always felt fortunate to have such a special son-in-law in Gary.

Her generosity extended not only to friends and family, but to strangers she felt were in need. Eleanor was the co-founder and first chairperson of the Board of the Greenburgh Neighborhood Community Health Center.

Eleanor graduated from the Bellevue Hospital School of Nursing (class 1962) and received her Ph.D. in Nursing from Adelphi University in 1988. Her profession was her passion. Eleanor was the chairperson of the department of nursing, and retired as Professor Emeritus from SUNY New Paltz. She was a strong advocate for her nursing students, nurses and women’s rights. Eleanor’s compassion and professional ethics are reflected in the many professionals she mentored. She was loved and respected by her students.

Sugar was a loving and caring friend. She had a wonderful ability to make her friends her family. Sugar loved nothing more than to spend time with her dear friends Barbara and Bruce Flanz and their children. Sugar’s door was always open and she loved hosting. With her endless hospitality, laughter and stories quickly filled the room.

Donations can be made in Eleanor’s memory to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (Earmarked for research), 1311 Mamaroneck Ave, Suite 310, White Plains, NY 10605 or United Hospice of Rockland, 11 Stokum Lane, New City, NY 10956.


  • Visitation Thursday, August 9, 2012
  • Funeral Service Friday, August 10, 2012

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Joan Egan Falcone

August 19, 2012

Deepest condolences to the Sugar's family. I was a Bellevue classmate. I always remember her smiling face.

Ellen Donohue Barbieri

August 17, 2012

To all of Sugar's family, my deepest condolences. I was a Bellevue classmate of hers & always enjoyed her smiling face & kindness to others. I am glad I had an opportunity to speak to her a few months ago. She will be missed by everyone whose life she touched.

Linda Frey

August 17, 2012

Sugar was one of the sweetest persons I have had the honor of knowing. My sympathy and prayers go to her family at this difficult time. Linda Frey (Frank), Bellevue School of Nursing 1962

August 11, 2012

My sincere Condolence to the family of Sugar. So many years have gone by since last seeing you...and now to learn of your heart is heavy with sadness...I also will remember the fun times we all had hanging out at "Doc's Corner" when we were teenagers...God Speed my will always be remembered in my thoughts and prayers. R.I.P. Sugar. You will be sadly missed.

Sincerely, Joanne Austin, Cumberland Rhode Island.

Richard Simonetti

August 11, 2012

In loving memory of ''Surger''!
I haven't seen Surger in many years but will always remember the fun we had at ''Doc's Corner'' back in the day and those Friday Night Parties Down Surgers House with the whole gang. It's a great memory that I will always Treasure! RIP Surger!

Deena Gill

August 10, 2012

Dear Jen, Gary, Jessica and Jacqueline.
Your Mother and Grandmother, Eleanor, was an incredible lady. I consider myself fortunate to have had her as a dear friend and colleague for many years at SUNY New Paltz. She was a dedicated professional and did everything with gusto and knowledge. Eleanor was a catalyst in the department of nursing to promote excellence. She was loved by both faculty and students. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. May your many wonderful memories help bring you comfort. Love, Deena Gill

Selina Ramchandar

August 9, 2012

Dr. Richards was one of my Professors at SUNY New Paltz. I still remember how helpful she was when I was trying to get into the Nursing Program. I was lost the first time I drove to New Paltz, and she waited for me even though I was late for my afternoon appointment. She was very thoughtful and understanding. My prayers are with you. May you be comforted with the cherished memories you hold dear.

August 9, 2012

Dr. Richards was a true role model-
bright, compassionate and undeniably dedicated to the profession of nursing. She will be missed by many but her legacy lives on in the many nursing professionals she has inspired and educated.
Lisa Schulte ( High Falls, NY)

August 9, 2012

Deepest sympathies and condolences on behalf of Marilyn and the Harmonay Family. We are sorry for your loss and will always love Sugar, a truly special, kind and loving person. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Pat Hurld

August 9, 2012

I was saddened to hear of Dr. Richard's passing. Dr. Richards was one of my professors at SUNY New Paltz and she always had a smile and a kind word for everyone. She was very active in te Nursing Honor Society, Sigma Theta Tau. She will be missed.
Pat Hurld (Grand Island, NY