OBITUARY

Bruce William Richards

June 12, 1948January 3, 2019
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Bruce William Richards was born on June 12, 1948 in Mount Vernon, Ohio and passed away on January 3, 2019 in Tampa, Florida.

Bruce was the third oldest of ten children and truly knew what it meant to be a big brother. He was there to help when needed and was always loyal. He was also a hard worker all his life with a strong work ethic.

Bruce was an army veteran of the Vietnam War. His unit was C Troop, 7th Squadron, 17th Air Cavalry whose motto was "American by birth, Calvary by the grace of God.” Years later, he became an active member of his local VFW Post 10140 and made many friends.

Later in his life, he enjoyed spending time with his family, winning at card and dice games, and singing karaoke. He will fondly be remembered by his friends and family as a thoughtful husband, loving father, proud grandfather, dependable brother, and a respected friend.

He is predeceased by his parents, Charles and Betty Richards; siblings, Lynda Hart, Ronald Richards, Greg Richards, Vernon Richards, and Mary Lou Collins; nephews, Derrick Richards, James Hart, and Ben Richards; and granddaughter, Natalie Hoffman.

He is survived by his wife Betty Richards; children, Andrew Richards, Matthew Richards (Laurie), and Katie Hoffman (Greg); grandchildren Skyler Richards and Lydia Hoffman; siblings, Cindy Singletary (Frank), Chuck Richards (Deborah), Jeff Richards (Gale), and David Richards (Becky); in-laws Sue Richards and Cornell Collins; and many nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at Blount & Curry Funeral Home located at 12690 North 56th Street in Temple Terrace, FL. Visitation will be Wednesday, January 9, 2019 from 6-8PM. Funeral will be Thursday, January 10, 2019 at 10AM. Burial will follow at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL.

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, January 9, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, January 10, 2019
  • Graveside Service Thursday, January 10, 2019
REMEMBERING

Bruce William Richards

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Ryan Burdick

January 12, 2019

Bruce. He wasn’t perfect. He wasn’t a saint. But I will tell you what he was. He was fun. He was goofy and silly. He was kind. He was cheesy dad joke guy lol. I was friends with Andrew in high school and later became friends with Matthew and best friends with Katie. We spent a lot of weekends at Bruce’s, doing what teenagers do. He let us turn the music up loud, in fact he encouraged it lol. But most importantly, he let us be stupid teenagers safely, or as safe as you could be on Nebraska Ave lol. I don’t have a lot of intact memories but Katie reminded me of my first time singing karaoke. I was super nervous. In true Bruce fashion, he came up to save the day and act a fool so that I would have fun. I may not have a lot but the memories I do have are fondly remembered. Catch ya on the flip side old man. :)

Peggy Reid

January 10, 2019

Bruce was a wonderful man. Betty and my grandson Dylan called him papa Bruce, which he is Betty's grandson so also Bruce's. Dylan thought the world of him. Bruce and Betty were so much in love. I could just tell by the body language and the way they looked at each other. They will be together again💖 it was a Beautiful service today. Blessings and love to all the family!

Bennie Graham

January 5, 2019

I remember being on the VFW 10140 parade float in Temple Terrace and seeing the joy and happiness in Bruce's face as the parade goers waved and thanked him for his service. A fitting and a well deserved tribute to a man who gave his all and service to a nation during the Vietnam War. A true hero and a well respected man. It was a honor to ride with you and see the love given to that you deserved. Rest in PEACE MY FRIEND AND COMRADE.

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