A viewing will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, February 21, 2019, at the Turnbull's Funeral Home. A funeral service will take place at 10:00 a.m., February 22, 2019, at St. Anne’s Church in Frenchtown, preceded by a 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. viewing, and followed by interment at Western Cemetery No. 2.
Herman Edward Richardson, 83, of St. Thomas, Virgin Islands passed away Thursday, January 24, 2019, in Burke, Virginia.
Herman was born in St. Martin on October 12, 1935, to Gaston “Nell” and Josephine (Mingo) Richardson, the oldest of 10 sons. He was married for 24 years to Shirley (Helms) Richardson with whom he had 6 sons.
Herman was a graduate of Sts. Peter and Paul High School Class of 1952 and educated at St. Norbert College prior to joining the U.S. Army. He retired from the military with a rank of Lieutenant Colonel, having served 20 years in the U.S., France, Germany, and Vietnam. He then embarked on a second career serving the Virgin Islands Government as Deputy Commissioner of Health for hospitals, Commissioner of Property and Procurement, and Assistant Commissioner for Planning and Resources. One of the many highlights of his work during that time was obtaining funding to build a new hospital (what became the Roy L. Schneider Hospital in St. Thomas). During this time he also served as Chairman of the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority (WAPA) Board for several years. Herman was a fixture in Frenchtown, living at Honduras 32 and caring for both his parents in the last decade of their lives. He frequently served as a judge for the Annual Bastille Day Kingfish Tournament.
Herman was preceded in death by his parents, Gaston and Josephine, and his son David.
He is survived by: His nine brothers: Celeste & wife Monika, Marius & wife Jean, Elmo & wife Chelsea, Allan & wife Melinda, Leslie & wife Judith, Henry, Raymond & wife Patricia, Gerald and Stephen & wife Theresa; His sons: Jon, Peter & wife Christina, Marty & wife Nani, Paul & wife Sheila and Alex; His grandchildren: Tande, Kaleo, Moani, David, Pomaika’i, Andrew, Kupono. And many other relatives, friends, and neighbors.