John "Jack" W. Richardson

March 31, 1955August 2, 2018
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John W. “Jack” Richardson - 63, of Scituate, passed away suddenly on August 2, 2018. He was the beloved husband of Melissa A. (Huntwork) Richardson, with whom he shared 38 years of marriage. Devoted father of Rebecca L. Guyer and her husband Wayne of Clifton Heights, PA, David W. Richardson and his wife Samantha of Braintree, and Colby A. Richardson of Charlotte, NC. Proud “Papa” to Jonathan, Jamison Koa, and Nora.

Born in Quincy, Jack was a lifelong resident of Scituate, the son of Robert W. and Roberta I. (Smith) Richardson. Loving brother of Bill E. Richardson and his wife Jean of Scituate, Tom A. Richardson and his late wife Margaret of Nuremberg, Germany, and the late Karl S. Richardson. Jack is also survived by a “wicked lot” of nieces and nephews, along with a legion of countless friends.

His love for music came at a young age, beginning with a drum set and continuing through life in the form of air instruments, of which he was a master. His greatest passions in life were his family, his boat “The Acacia”, and his motorcycle. A “Jack” of all trades, he enjoyed many hobbies and interests and will be remembered by his family as the coolest guy they knew.

Jack was the owner of Parsons and Richardson Insurance Agency, and was involved with rare collectibles insurance. He was a five time past master of the Scituate Masonic Lodge, a 44 year member of the NSSA, and a trustee of the Widows Sons MRA.

Visiting hours will take place Tuesday, August 7, 2018 from 3-7 PM at the Richardson-Gaffey Funeral Home, 382 First Parish Road, Scituate. Funeral service on Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at 11 AM at the First Trinitarian Congressional Church, 381 Country Way, Scituate.

Donations can be made to the American Heart Association, 300 Fifth Avenue, Waltham MA 02451.


  • Visitation Tuesday, August 7, 2018
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, August 8, 2018

John "Jack" W. Richardson

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Randy G. Carns

August 15, 2018

To Melissa, Rebecca, David and Colby I am deeply saddened by the passing of your husband and Father and my friend. We meet through the Civil War and gun collecting at the Las Vegas show 20 or more years ago. We shared a love of history, boats and Harleys. I would call him every January to talk about my collector insurance and we would laugh the whole time. I am truly a much richer person for knowing him and enjoying his company and conversations.
God Bless:
Randy G. Carns
Las Vegas, NV.

Jim Jamra

August 8, 2018

Dear Melissa and Family,
Laura and I are so saddened about Jack’s passing. We cherish our memories of living in Scituate and the lifelong friendships we made with you and Jack. We will miss Jack dearly. He will not be forgotten, so many great times. Our Love to you.
Jim and Laura Jamra

Tom Richardson

August 8, 2018

Dear Melissa, David, Rebecca, Colby & grandkids,
I'm sorry, Melissa. Sorry that there's nothing I can say or do to bring Jack back to you. No childhood anecdote to lift and mend your broken heart in this time of sorrow. You were together since your teens. A long time. Longer than Margaret and I were, but she's still in my life today. I'm sure Jack will be in yours now and forever.
David, Rebecca, Colby and grandkids, rally around your Mother and comfort her in these difficult days. I'm so sorry I cannot be there with you today. But I'm pleased to see that you're not alone. In addition to the greater Richardson clan, there's a multitude of your Father's friends standing by your side and ready to lend a helping hand. Their friendship is a testimony to the life and love they felt through your Father. The laughter he brought will outweigh the tears we shed. He'd want it that way.
Goodbye, Jacky!

Annemarie dos Santos (Richardson)

August 8, 2018

Heartfelt condolences from Germany! We are extremely sad we can't join you all at the funeral today.
Rest in peace, Uncle Jack! Heaven just got a lil' bit wilder :-)

"Was man tief in seinem Herzen besitzt, kann man nicht durch den Tod verlieren."
("Death cannot take away what you own deep down in your heart.")
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Lots of love, Annemarie
with Tom & the other Europeans

Johnny Hatfield

August 7, 2018

Laura Sewall

August 6, 2018

I don't know where to begin....All my love and prayers go out to Melissa, Becky, Dave,and Colby...Jack was the best Coworker and friend I could have ever had the pleasure to work with...he made me laugh, put up with my many moods and gave me advise when I needed it.. it is no wonder so many people respected him so greatly...I know I did and I will miss him very much. Work won't be the same without him. Love to the Richardsons,

Jeanne Travis

August 6, 2018

Raising our children together, Jack and Melissa were at every school event with us!
Spring for the Arts, soccer, basketball, spring concertsx3-4 times
Always a great big smile for us and our kids.
One memory is when we bought a van that had a tv and a fold down bed. We were at a basketball game and he asked if he could test drive it. Melissa rolled her eyes and said” we will be buying one “
The next week he shows up in his new van!
A great guy who I always enjoyed being with, wherever we were
So sorry Melissa , he was truly your life partner. Colby David and Rebecca
You had the best !
My sympathiies to you
Jeannie and Ed Travis

Christine and Jim Kelly

August 6, 2018

Dear Melissa,
We wanted to express how very sorry we are to learn about Jack. What a great guy!
Life simply has no fairness!!!
We hope the happy memories will help sustain you and your family during this most difficult time in your lives, and give you great comfort in the future.
Please know we are thinking of you and wish you all the best.
Kind regards,
Christine and Jim Kelly

Phil Spaugy

August 6, 2018

Jack was my Pard.

And I loved him like a brother

I will miss him everyday.

Ian Mackenzie

August 5, 2018

Whenever Jack and I were together, we laughed. I'll miss that smile, and the way he'd laugh and shake his head whenever I was being politically incorrect. Calm winds & following seas, my brother. You leave a void that cannot be filled. My heartfelt condolences to Jack’s family, who were the source of his greatest joy.
(Given Jack took delight in reminding me that as an Australian my ancestors were all criminals, I stole this photo from his Facebook page.)