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Donald G. Richardson

July 22, 1941 - December 27, 2022


Obituary For Donald G. Richardson

Richardson, Donald "Don" of Arlington died December 27. He was 81. He was the beloved husband of Nancie (Schoener) Richardson. Born in Schnectady, NY he was the son of the late Donald K. and Mildred (Stanhope) Richardson.

Don taught in the Arlington Public Schools, initially at Ottoson Jr. High teaching printing and mechanical drawing and later as Lead Teacher at Arlington High where he was instrumental in setting up the CAD lab. He also served a term as President of the Arlington Education Association.

Don was active with the Arlington Friends of the Drama for over 50 years. He met his wife at AFD and they married in 1979. Don held several Board positions including three years as president, designed and built multitudinous sets,was instrumental in having the building painted in its original Victorian colors and was the hands-on coordinator for the massive $440,000 building renovation in 1996-97. He was awarded the theatre’s prestigious Myl Trempf Award (for unsung heroes) ) in 1987 and was bestowed Honorary Membership in 1997. But he is probably most revered for his many years as House Director where he was Mr. Answer Man for all things building related. He also appeared on stage a few times but described his performances as “forgettable.”

After retirement from teaching, Don worked on the grounds crew at Pine Meadows Golf Course in Lexington and later on as Sexton for St. John’s Episcopal Church.

In addition to his wife Don is survived by his sister Janne and husband Danny Grennan and his nephews Scott and Sean. He also leaves his best friend Jack and wife Diane, the poker playing golfers Mike, Don and Steve and good friends Ellen and Stu, Marian and Doug, and Sheila.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend visiting hours in the DeVito Funeral Home 1145 Mass. Ave., ARLINGTON on Wednesday January 4th from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. Please visit to view an online guestbook.


4 Jan

Memorial Visitation

01:00 PM - 04:00 PM

DeVito Funeral Home - Arlington 1145 Mass. Ave. Arlington, MA 02476 Get Directions »
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  • 01/05/2023

    We are shocked and saddened to discover today that we missed the visitation yesterday. How many hours and days we spent on that stage together and with so many others. He was a fine man and will be missed by every one who knew him. Our sympathy to you, Nancie. Lindsay and Peter

  • 01/04/2023

    We remember Don, not only for AFD, but for his dry sense of humor we experienced during the many great New Year's weekends we all spent together. Barbara Tyler & Alan Morris

  • 01/02/2023

    Peter and I remember Don from teaching together at the West/the Ottoson and from our short time as Brand St neighbors. Don always had a smile and strategy for making it better when we were teaching and a wave at the golf course.

  • 01/02/2023

    Sad to hear of Don's passing. I have some wonderful memories of him- not just from AFD but his utter amazement and gentle ribbing when I clocked my 3 wood tee shot into the parking lot on the 9th hole at Pine Meadow. So fond of you, always fun and kind. It was a special era at AFD and I am proud to be a part of it, and to have known you. As Ever, Nancy (Tutunjian) Berger

  • 01/02/2023

    It was devastating news to hear of Don's passing. I first met Don when he was President of the AEA. We became friends and that friendship grew over the years. I'll always treasure the poker games and weekly golf round at Pinemeadows. Our foursome is now a twosome but we will always have fond memories to talk about. Don was a talented guy who could fix and build almost anything. Everytime we tee off at the ninth hole we'll pay homage to the distance marker he built and the great guy Don was.

  • 01/01/2023

    So sad to read of Don's passing. A dedicated educator and friend. God Bless and Rest in Peace, Don. A GOOD MAN AND FRIEND

  • 12/31/2022

    In our minds, Don was definitely "Mr. AFD". No body knows more about the theater than he did. He was so generous with his time and expertise. We both have many memories are said to learn of his death. Nancie, you are the best wife. Love from Tony Alcorn and Evelyn Corsini Alcorn.

  • 12/30/2022

    Don was one of the myriad parents I had at AFD from age 9-18. He was always every ready with kindness, encouragement, patience, a sense of humor, respect and love for those of us fortunate enough to spend time with him at AFD, Forbidden City, and too many cast parties to mention. RIP.

  • 12/29/2022

    Thank you, Don, for all the wonderful stuff that you put on our fair stage!!! We loved it all and boy, did we love YOU! We'll always remember ...

  • 12/29/2022

    Don was a wonderful neighbor, friend, and a great guy. We shared many neighborhood and family events on our beloved Brand Street at the top of the hill. He will be greatly missed. Tim and Cassie Mahoney

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