DEDHAM - Alonzo B. "Al" Richards, 81, husband of Charity O. (Rosebush) Richards, died unexpectedly Oct. 16, 2014 at his home in Dedham. He was born Sept. 2, 1933 in Bath, Maine, the son of Albert Dodge and Nellie (Booker) Richards. Al, as he was known, was a US Army veteran of the Korean War. He earned a bachelor's degree from Husson College and was a self-employed businessman in the Orono/Old Town/Bangor area throughout his working career. He was president of the Board of Directors of Associated Grocers of Maine. In addition, he was active in various civic organizations including the Bangor Jaycees, the American Legion, Post 84, of Orono, the Anah Temple Mystic Shrine of Bangor, and was a 50-year member of the Rising Virtue Masonic Lodge, No. 0010 of Bangor.
Al was predeceased by his son, Stephen Richards. Surviving in addition to his wife, Charity of Dedham, are three children, David Milheron Jr. of Camden, Danielle Milheron of Hampden and Darin Milheron of Orono; five grandchildren, Shelby Missey and her husband, Calvin of Staunton, IL, Alexandria and Mackenzie Winchester, Lauren and Jack Beckwith, all of Hampden; three great grandchildren, Savannah, Cheyenne and Cole Missey; one sister, Patricia Campbell and her husband, Thomas of Littleton, NH; many brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. Al enjoyed the calming quiet and peaceful surroundings at home on Phillips Lake, especially his special "thinking spot" where he sat quietly with his thoughts or began planning his next project. He also enjoyed relaxing at home by the ocean in Palm Bay, Florida, taking walks friends, and a good Blackjack hand. Al and Charity have shared many wonderful years and good times with their friends at the Rhum Cove Condominiums in Florida. Al's tough but always fair approach will be remembered by those people who meant the most to him, and all the life lessons he shared over the years. Al will be remembered by his loyal and valued friends and employees, including Kenneth Blackmore, Michael Carter and Lynn Knight.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11 AM Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014 at St. Paul the Apostle Parish, St. Joseph Catholic Church, 531 No. Main St., Brewer. Burial will be at St. Joseph Cemetery, Old Town. For those who wish, memorial contributions may be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Children, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607. Arrangements by Kiley & Foley Funeral Service, 69 State St., Brewer.