AUBURN — Peter A. Richards, 69, of the Litchfield Road, Bowdoin, died peacefully after a long illness with his family by his side on May 24, at the Hospice House.

He was born Jan. 21, 1943, in Lewiston, the son of Herman and Bertha Richards.

Pete worked at BIW in the tin shop for many years. He enjoyed watching NASCAR, word searches and being with family.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Jacqueline Richards of Bowdoin; sons, Kevin and Jeff Richards of Lewiston, Haven Richards of Bowdoin and Donald and Gladys Richards of Litchfield; daughter, Faylene and Allan Bronn of Pittston; brothers, Wayne Richards of Auburn and James Richards of South Paris; special sister-in-law, Pat Richards of Massachusetts; 12 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Pete was predeceased by his parents; brother, John; and a sister, Isabella.

The family would like to thank the Hospice House and Dr. Austin for all their compassion and kind care during Pete’s stay. A special thanks to daughter in-law, Gladys Richards and granddaughter, Ashley, who where always there for him.

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