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Gerald Richardson Sr.
  • June 12, 1946
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  • December 07, 2021

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RICHARDSON, GERALD DAY SR.    Gerald Day Richardson, Sr., 75, a lifelong resident of Apopka, passed December 7 after a brief illness.   He was born in Orlando to Hoke Smith and Edith Clark Richardson.  He graduated from Apopka High School and joined the United States Air Force serving in Okinawa.   Upon discharge from the Air Force he attended mortuary school at Miami Dade.  After completing his education he worked for Hoequist Bray Fairchild Funeral Home which later became Baldwin-Fairchild Funeral Home.  He also worked for Loomis Funeral Home, Collison Funeral Home and Baldwin-Brothers Funeral Home.   He loved his work and served the Central Florida community as a Funeral Director for nearly 50 years.

He was a proud member of the Apopka Rotary Club where he was a Paul Harris Fellow, Apopka Elks Lodge #2422, Life member of VFW of Post10147, Life member of Apopka Historical Society and Museum of Apopka.   He was a huge NASCAR fan and enjoyed watching college and professional football.

He is survived by his wife, Amanda Rankin Richardson, children Jerry (Catalina) of Apopka, DeAnna McWilliams of Apopka and Jeff (Tina) of Longwood, and their mother, Pamela Powell Richardson, step-daughter Shelle Bauer of Ashland, Ohio, grandchildren, Jeremy Richardson, Joshua Richardson, Max Richardson, Christian Richardson, Brittany (Chris) Mazzaro and Heather McWilliams, step-grandchildren, Todd Wertman, Tommy (Stacy) Bauer, Danny (Erica) Bauer, Kaley (Jason) Schumaker and Joey Bauer, great-grandson Nolan Mazzaro, step-great-grandchildren, Nash, Mason, Avery, Mady, Reece, Isla, Dane, Sawyer and Patrick, brother, Ronald,  Sister-in-law, Joyce Richardson, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Clark and Elbert, granddaughter Katelyn, and step-daughter Stacey Vogt.

Per Gerald’s request, there will be no calling hours.  Private graveside services will be held for family.


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  1. Beverly G Wilburn posted an image:
    12 Dec 2021
    A gathering of the Richardson clan in 1975.   I think this was the last time the original group was all together.
    A gathering of the Richardson clan in 1975. I think this was the last time the original group was all together.

  2. Dreama and Kay Anderson lit a candle:
    10 Dec 2021
    Lit since December 10, 2021 at 12:03:38 AM

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  4. Rhonda Elzey Mercer Koning says:
    10 Dec 2021
    My earliest memories and impressions of Florida - when I moved here over 36 years ago - are working with Gerald Richardson at Baldwin Fairchild. He was genuinely kind, patient and thoughtful in all he did. Everyday was a learning experience working with Gerald, he had such a great presence and respect for the rituals, feelings and sometimes complicated processes of moving through the finality of our passing. He honestly took great pride in his service to his fellow man in all that he participated in. His life was meaningful and important and he made it a point to actively participate in it. His impression and imprint and example in life will remain in the hearts of many, long after his passing. He was and always will be as grand as his stature, forever. My sincere condolences to you Amanda, you were always the love of his life. My prayers are sent to you and the entire family during this time. With love and sincere respect, Rhonda Mercer Koning - New Port Richey, FL

  5. Glinda says:
    09 Dec 2021
    Gerald, I sure enjoyed working with you at Baldwin. You were a great friend, and taught me so much about the funeral business. You will surely be missed.RIP my friend

  6. Jennifer Hicks lit a candle:
    09 Dec 2021
    Lit since December 9, 2021 at 12:31:48 PM

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    09 Dec 2021
    Lit since December 9, 2021 at 12:46:21 PM

  8. Renee Hinkley-Scott says:
    09 Dec 2021
    I enjoyed working with you and Gerald at Baldwin Fairchild. Gerald will be missed. I know he was the love of your life Amanda. I love you and please let me know if you need anything.

  9. Lois Bevan Powell lit a candle:
    09 Dec 2021
    Lit since December 9, 2021 at 12:15:15 AM

  10. Lynn Shoup lit a candle:
    09 Dec 2021
    Lit since December 9, 2021 at 12:43:00 AM

  11. Lynn Shoup says:
    09 Dec 2021
    Rest in peace, Gerald!

  12. Jean Lazarus Littiken says:
    09 Dec 2021
    Praying for the family! We were neighbors for a bit growing up. Gerald helped our family often with loved ones and was always so kind.

  13. Helena Douglas says:
    09 Dec 2021
    Gerald was a wonderful person, a nice person to work with and a friend. We will miss him. Jim and Helena Douglas.

  14. Debbie Turner says:
    09 Dec 2021
    So sorry for your family's loss my prayers are coming your way

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