Paul S. Richards

Paul S. (PR) Richards (Mr. Maple), age 95, passed away peacefully at his home in Edgewater, Fla., with two of his daughters by his side, on May 12, 2020.

A lifelong area resident, he was born Aug. 26, 1924, in Chardon Township, to William S. and Rena (nee Welk) Richards.

Paul was second generation of Richards Maple Products, which was founded by his father in 1910.

He graduated from Chardon High School, Class of 1942, where he met Clara Jean “CJ” Hartman.

After returning to Chardon from serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II, he and Clara wed Aug. 10, 1946. They settled in the Chardon area, where he worked as a head mechanic for Farinacci Buick and also worked at Haueter Excavating.

Clara and Paul celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary before she passed in December of 2016.

A proud and active supporter of the community, Paul was among the founders of the Chardon VFW, member of the Ohio Maple Producers Association, North American Maple Syrup Council, the International Maple Syrup Institute and served as president of the 50th Geauga County Maple Festival.

Left to cherish his memory are his loving daughters, Lynda Richards, Bonnie Richards, Debbie (Dave) Rennie, Annette (Jeff) Polson, Paula (Hans) Geiss; grandchildren, Jen, Mike, Matt, Justin, Tanya and Jason; greatgrandchildren, Anthony, Sophia, Madelyn, Lilly, Chloe’, Piper, Hudson, Jaiden, Emily and Brady; daughter-in-law, Sally; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his son, Roger; grandson Jeff; brothers, Howard and Bob (Robert); and parents.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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