Obituary: Arthur E. Richards, 76

Mr. Arthur E. Richards, President/Owner of Wilton Sales Associates, Inc., passed away Friday, March 11, at Norwalk Hospital following a lengthy illness.
Mr. Richards was born in Flushing, N.Y., on Jan. 20, 1940,  a son of the late Arthur Richards and Georgianna Katherine McHugh. His son Paul Douglas Richards of Wilton predeceased him.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Charlotte Engstrom Richards, a daughter, Cynthia Richards Osborne of Florida, and three sons, Arthur Edward Richards, Jr. of San Jose, Calif., Stephen Bradley Richards and wife Kimberly of Oakhurst, Calif., Curtis Owen Richards of Ceres, Calif., and a sister Lylas Palmeritto, of  Laguna Vista, Texas. He has six grandchildren, Tai Rene Richards Booth and husband Kevin of St. Peters, Mo., Coby Edward Osborne and wife Emily, Ashland, Ore., Caleb Donald Osborne, Reno, Nev., Kira Anne Osborne of San Francisco, Calif., Cameron Stephen Richards and Emilie Michelle Richards of Oakhurst, Calif., and newest arrival great-grandson Henry James Booth. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

“Butch,” as he was referred to in his younger years, was a mastermind on cars and hot rods. Somewhat of a Renaissance man, his gifts as an extensive reader, a lover of finance, and self-educated world traveler.

Mr. Richards was an entrepreneur and had a very successful career in sales and marketing, his early years working for F. Schumacher in New York and then transferring to the West Coast and appointed Sales Manager. After 22 years he moved back to the East Coast and took a position with Spectrum Fabrics as the Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Mr. Richards traveled extensively to all corners of the world developing an international clientele.

Calling hours will be Friday, March 18, from 6 to 8 p.m. A funeral will take place Saturday, March 19, at 11 a.m. at Hope Church in Norwalk.

Donations may be made to the Hope Church Youth Program, 240 Wolfpit Road, Norwalk, CT.

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