John G Richardson, OFM
1928 – 2010
Fr. John “Gus” Richardson, OFM, was born on March 4, 1928 in Elmira, N.Y. He entered St. Joseph’s Seraphic Seminary in 1947 and was received into the Order at St. Bonaventure Friary, Paterson, N.J., in 1950, taking the name Remigius. He professed simple vows one year later, made his solemn profession in 1954, and was ordained in 1956.
He completed a pastoral internship at St. Anthony Shrine from 1957 to 1958 before volunteering for the Province’s mission in Goias, Brazil, from 1958 to 1965. Fr. John returned to the U.S. due to health reasons, and served at St. Anthony Shrine from 1965 to 1968. He reverted to the use of his baptismal name, but was universally called “Gus” by the friars.
From 1968 to 1988, Fr. John served as chaplain at the Veterans Administration Hospital in West Haven, Conn. He then served at St. Francis Friary in New York City as promotor for the Franciscan Missionary Union. From 1991 to 1992, he served on the pastoral staff at St. Francis Chapel in Providence, R.I. From 1996 to 2008, he served as pastor of St. Mary’s Parish in Obernburg, N.Y. He retired to St. Anthony Friary in Butler, N.J., and later to St. Anthony Friary in St. Petersburg, Fla.
He died on Nov. 25, 2010 at St. Anthony’s Hospital in St. Petersburg. Fr. John was 82 years old, a professed friar for 59 years and a priest for 54 years.