William Richardson Former railroad worker


William Howard Richardson, a retired railroad worker, died of cancer Saturday at the Joseph Richey Hospice in Baltimore.

No funeral was planned for Mr. Richardson, who was 76.

He was born in Cambridge and attended Cambridge High School.

Mr. Richardson worked for the Philips Can Company in the mid-1930s and was involved in union organizing that led to a strike there in 1937.

After working in the Civilian Conservation Corps, Mr. Richardson moved to Baltimore in 1941 and went to work for what was then the Pennsylvania Railroad. He moved to Dundalk in 1953 and remained with the railroad until 1975.

During his career, he was a member of the Brotherhood of Railway, Airline and Steamship Clerks, Freight Handlers, Express and Station Employees.

After retiring from the railroad, Mr. Richardson worked for Allied Security until last year.

Mr. Richardson was a lifelong Democrat and was proud to have " voted in every election from 1936 to 1990. He was also an avid reader of history, politics, economics and current events.

Survivors include his wife of 45 years, the former Julia G. Murray of Dundalk; five sons, Timothy Richardson of Dundalk, Jerry Richardson of Isola, Miss., William G. and Robert H. Richardson, both of Cambridge, and Richard H. Richardson of Baltimore; three sisters, Mildred Richardson and Madeline McNamara, both Cambridge, and Lorraine Atkinson of Salisbury; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

The family suggested that donations be made to the Joseph Richey Hospice, 820 N. Eutaw Street, Baltimore, 21201.

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