Gloucester, MA — Howard Jackson Richardson died Friday evening, July 26, 2013, at the Den-Mar Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Rockport, Mass. He was born in Newton, Mass., on January 18, 1933, and was the son of William Richardson and Mildred (Dumas) Richardson. He graduated from Newton High in 1951, and then attended Massachusetts College of Art, where he met and married his first wife, Ann Trotter.
After graduating from Mass Art with a Bachelor of Fine Art, he worked as a model builder in Sudbury, and raised four children with his wife in Marlboro, Gloucester and Manchester. In 1976, Howard married his second wife, Diana Peck, and had a fourth son. Howard had a long and successful career as an exhibit designer, specializing in live shows. He designed and produced corporate and museum exhibitions all over the country, and in Europe and Asia. He was very creative and often volunteered his time to help with community projects.
Howard was a generous man and loved to share the wonders of Cape Ann with his family and friends. Everyone loved getting an invitation to his house on the West Gloucester marsh to be treated to his famous New England Clam Boil. He especially enjoyed taking family out on his boat, the Sea Chariot, to fish or spend the day on Crane’s Beach eating his homemade lobster salad rolls.
Howard will be dearly missed by his family and friends. He had such presence and lived his life to the fullest.
He is survived by his son, Scott Richardson and his wif, Becky Thyre of California, his son, Len Richardson and his wife, Mary Matthews of Gloucester, his daughter, Kim Sarkin and her husband, Jon Sarkin of Rockport, his son, Todd Richardson and his wife, Donna Richardson of Andover, his son, Adam Peck-Richardson of Oregon; his grandchildren, Phoebe and Pearl Richardson, Curtis, Robin and Caroline Sarkin, and Brendan and Taylor Richardson; his sister, Helen Thompson; his brother, Robert Richardson and his wife, Bobbie Richardson; his sister-in-law, Carole Richardson; several nieces and nephews; and his former wives, Anne Hodge and Diana Peck. He was predeceased by his nephew, David Thompson, brothers, David Richardson and George Richardson, and his sister-in-law, Ann Richardson.