Beverly – Lifetime Beverly resident Ernest Joseph Richardson, 71, died suddenly on Saturday, August 20, 2022, while doing what he loved, enjoying nature on his kayak.
Ernie was born on May 21, 1951 in Salem to the late Ernest S. Richardson and Florence (Suchovsky) Richardson.
After graduating from Beverly High School in 1969, Ernie worked for a short time as a machinist at United Shoe Machinery Co. For 40 years, he delivered newspapers for the Beverly Times and The Salem News before retiring in 2018.
Ernie was an avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed hiking, biking, camping and fishing in New England. During the colder months, he could be found fishing on Lake Chebacco as soon as the ice was thick enough to stand on. He has shared his love of the outdoors with anyone and everyone, most recently his grandchildren.
One of Ernie’s greatest passions was golf. He started playing golf at a very young age with his father. He was a golf captain at Beverly High. For many years he organized the Johnny F Golf League out of the Beverly Golf and Tennis Club. He has always enjoyed traveling to golf courses across the country, from Lake Morey in Vermont to Arizona and Florida, occasionally bringing fishing gear and casting a line or two on the course. He would play golf in any climate, any condition – sun, rain and especially snow if the course allowed it.
Ernie was passionate about sports, especially the New England Patriots and Boston Bruins. Most recently, he was active in a bowling league at Sunnyside Bowladrome in Danvers.
He liked to brag about his grandchildren. He would show pictures of them to anyone as soon as he could. He attended many of their sporting events and enjoyed taking them tobogganing, fishing, skating on his own rink, and for walks in the park.
He is survived by his children, Ernest Richardson and his wife Samantha of Beverly; Jaimie Richardson Hansen and her husband Kevin of Beverly; Scott Richardson and his wife, Cheryl of Beverly; and son-in-law, Derek Pelletier and his wife Bethany of Beverly. He was a proud grandfather of many grandchildren and a great-grandson.
He is also survived by his two sisters, Judy Richardson Chan and her husband Victor of Surrey, BC, and Debra Richardson Sweet and her husband Ronald of Boxford, as well as several nieces and nephews.
Visiting hours will be at Campbell’s Funeral Home, 525 Cabot Street, Beverly, on Monday, August 29 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. A memorial service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. A celebration of life will follow on Wednesday, August 31 from 5-9 p.m. at the Beverly Golf and Tennis Club, 134 McKay Street, Beverly. Information, directions and condolences at www.campbellfuneral.com.
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