James Craig Richards, 45

James Craig Richards, 45, of Stamm Hollow Rd., Ellwood City (Franklin Twp.) died on Wednesday, July 2, 2014.

Born April 19, 1969 in Ellwood City, he was the son of James C. and Judith Ann Stratton Richards of Franklin Twp.

Craig graduated from Riverside High School in 1986 where he participated on the football and track teams. He was Presbyterian by faith. Craig was self employed and enjoyed hunting and fishing.

In addition to his parents, survivors include a brother, Jason Carl (Leslie) Richards of Franklin Twp and two nephews, Tyler and Tanner Richards.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Heather Lynn Richards in infancy.

Visiting hours will be held on Sunday July 6 from 6-9 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City.

Funeral Services will be held on Monday at the North Sewickley Presbyterian Church at 10 am with Rev. Dr. Maurice Smith officiating. Interment will follow in Lillyville Church of God Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the donor’s favorite charity.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

13 thoughts on “James Craig Richards, 45

  1. Even though it’s been years since we last saw and spoke to each other, I still can’t believe that you are gone…. and I will never forget you. I have to say that you honestly were THE NICEST, sweetest, most caring and gentlemanly guy in high school. You always had an amazing smile that you flashed to everyone, and I don’t even remember you having one single person who DIDN’T like you. I will also never forget the time that you and Lonn Shaffer came out to my apartment when I was still single, and you, me, Lynn Lasso Hopkins, and Lonn just sat around and BS’d for hours that night – telling stories about good times and laughing hysterically. I never in a million years would have imagined this fate for you. Not YOU!!! I wish I could have seen you one last time and told you all of this to your face rather than writing it in your obituary section, but, I guess we never know when it’ll be our time to go. God must have needed a very loving angel up there, and picked you…. because you were the best when it came to making people smile and feel good. Rest in peace, my friend. I will never forget you.

  2. To the family of Craig~ I went to Riverside with Craig and have such fond memories of him. My heart is saddened by your loss. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.

  3. Jim and Judy My condolences on your loss. I remember Craig as a very nice young man from the old days when we played golf together – he will be missed. You will all be in our thoughts and prayers.
    Frank Piper

  4. Jim , Judy, and Julie, our deepest regrets Craig was always there when you needed him with a smile to help he was a genuinely good person and will be sadly and greatly missed ! we were blessed to have known him.
    Paul Kotuba and Christine

  5. Dear Judy, Jim and Jason, We are so sorry and saddened to read of the death of your son & brother James. I know that words will not ease the pain….but with time, hopefully: your tears will be replaced by wonderful memories of the times you spent together as a family. Just know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. May God bless and watch over all of you. With deepest sympathy, Webb and Mel King

  6. Jim, Judy and Jason, We are very sorry for the loss of our friend Craig. He was a good friend to us and will be sadly missed by us all. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. God Bless you always. Love, Jack Maine and family

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