Franklin Richardson

Franklin Richardson

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. — Franklin Jennings Richardson, 85, of Northridge, Calif., passed away Feb. 4, 2019, at Northridge Hospital. He suffered a stroke 10 years ago, which resulted in life-changing disabilities.

Franklin was born July 3, 1933, in Newman, to William and Maymie (Dalton) Richardson. He was a graduate of Oakland High School. He served in the Army in Korea. Franklin met Rose Marie Gilles at the Villa Grove Pancake Festival. They were married at St. Mary's Church on Aug. 18, 1956. She survives. After their marriage, they moved to California, where Frank was an insurance adjuster. He worked full time and attended night school three nights a week. By the time he finished his education, he had earned his bachelor's degree and J.D. He joined the California State Bar and practiced law until his stroke in 2009.

He and Rose Marie had three children: two sons, Michael (Michelle) Richardson and Mark (Lisa) Richardson, and one daughter, Julie (Clive) Bridgewater; and three grandchildren, Michael Richardson II, Kaitlyn Richardson and Brynne Richardson. He is survived by his sister, Dency Cowdrey.

He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Inez Vasey, Betty Flynn-McGarry, Donald Richardson and Carlton Richardson.

Frank loved to travel, and he and Rose Marie enjoyed seeing many far away places together before his illness kept him homebound. He loved golf and was a longtime member of Woodland Hills Country Club. Frank had many successes and joys in his life, but his true love was his family.

A funeral service was held Feb. 13, 2019, at Our Lady of Lourds Catholic Church, Northridge, Calif., with Father David Loftus and Msgr. Peter Moran presiding. A Mass and burial will be at St. Mary's Catholic Church, rural Pesotum, on Friday, June 14, 2019, at 11 a.m. followed by burial in St. Mary's Catholic Church Cemetery with the Rev. Father Keith Walden presiding.

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