Francis Nigel Richardson

Born on October 26, 1938

Departed on November 17, 2018 and resided in Atlanta, GA

Francis Nigel Richardson 1938-2018. Dearly beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle died November 17, 2018 at his home in Atlanta after a courageous battle with cancer.
A celebration of his life will be held on Friday, December 14, 2018 at 2 p.m. at The Cathedral of Saint Philip, 2744 Peachtree Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30305.
Nigel was born in Ewell, Surrey, England on October 26, 1938. He graduated from Durham University in 1960 and married his wife Clare in 1961. They lived in England until 1968 when they emigrated to the United States.
Nigel is survived by his wife Clare of Atlanta, son Mark of Paris, France, daughter Ruth Richardson and husband Kevin Gaw of Cumberland, Rhode Island, daughter Paula Richardson and husband Eric Edwards of Tryon, North Carolina and son John Richardson and wife Andrea Nay Richardson of East Point, Georgia. Grandchildren Laura Richardson, Stephanie Richardson, David Richardson, Sara McCown and Kate Richardson. Nigel is also survived by his brother Simon Richardson of Lesbury, England, and his sister Penelope France of Sandy Springs, Georgia and many other nieces and nephews who knew and loved him.
After emigrating to The United States in 1968, Nigel and Clare lived in several States before leaving on an assignment to live in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania. They returned to the USA in 1971 and settled in Atlanta.
Nigel was an active member of the Atlanta community. His involvement included membership on the boards of the Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta, Alliance Francaise d’Atlanta and St. Philip’s Friends of Cathedral Music. Nigel was very active throughout his life and loved to swim as often as possible. He also loved languages, especially German and French. His greatest pleasures came from conversations with family and friends in a relaxed setting. He had the ability to create a real bond with people by encouraging them to talk about their interests as well as his own. Whether socially or for the causes he espoused, he gave of his time and experience with enthusiasm and pleasure. He was devoted to a plant-based diet and would often try to convert others to veganism both for personal health and the health of the planet.
He will be sorely missed by his family and all who knew him.
In lieu of flowers, please donate in memory of Nigel to:
Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta –
Alliance Francaise d’Atlanta –
St. Philip’s Friends of Cathedral Music –
Planned Parenthood –

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Guestbook Entries

  1. Kathryn Davis November 20, 2018 at 8:56 am - Reply

    Prayers for peace for the entire Richardson family throughout this difficult time. I only had the pleasure of meeting him once when he was in Tryon North Carolina visiting Paula and Eric but it was a true pleasure. I know his presence in the family and the community will be greatly missed.

  2. Aida Perez Flamm November 20, 2018 at 6:06 pm - Reply

    Thinking of all you & especially Clare,
    Nigel with his wit & lovely way will be missed by all of his friends.

  3. Stephen Brichant November 20, 2018 at 9:31 pm - Reply

    Dear Claiire
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during so difficult time. Please accept our deepest condolences.
    Stephen and Kathie Brichant

  4. John Lamb November 25, 2018 at 11:45 pm - Reply

    Nigel was an insightful, kind and gentle giant. He was quietly energised by paying close attention to understand the individual stories of those around him, and carefully and respectfully trying to guide them to improvements for better outcomes. He saw the good in everyone, and schemed to make it better. He also saw the lighter side of everything, and shared that in ways that cheered up those he worked with every day. Nigel was truly unique.

    Just thinking about him when he was far away has always brought a smile to my face, and there’s no reason for that to change. In his honour, those of us who had the privilege of knowing him will always benefit by recalling his warm and knowledgeable presence as long as we live. Wherever he is then, we know he’ll celebrate with another delightful smile.

    Deepest and warmest condolences to Clare and all Nigel’s family, but merci beaucoup, danke schön, au revoir and auf wiedersehen, Nigel.

  5. Mrs. Marsh November 26, 2018 at 5:20 am - Reply

    My deepest respects to the family for the loss of your dear love one. Please consider reading God’s promises at Revelation 21:3,4 as encouragement.

  6. Kathleen Vande Berg November 26, 2018 at 3:30 pm - Reply

    Kathy and Jim Vande Berg November 26, 2018

    Jim and I wish to express our heartfelt sympathy to the entire Richardson family as you grieve the absence of your dear husband, father, grandfather and brother in your circle of love. May you find strength as you mourn together and joy as you cherish the memories of Nigel and his place in your lives. We remember his kindness, wisdom and fun as we gathered together to celebrate holidays or just “nothing at all”.

  7. Aimee Hedley December 5, 2018 at 3:55 pm - Reply

    Sending you all love and prayers from the UK.
    Our thoughts are with you all, what an amazing man and will be sorely missed.
    Love Aimee, Olly and Charles and Henry xxxx

  8. Helen Hedley December 13, 2018 at 4:09 pm - Reply

    I’m sure Nigel will have a good send off tomorrow. I know my Mum & Dad, Jean & Richard, particularly looked forward to receiving his Christmas letter about now. As well as news of the family always a witty view of current affairs.
    I remember him with charm and empathy at my
    Dad’s funeral.
    Wishing you all strength over the coming days, weeks and year.

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