Halton Harley J. Richardson III, 66, a life long resident of Keene died on Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon. He passed peacefully with his loving family and close friends around him.
Harley was born the son of the late Grace (Parker) and Halton J. Richardson Jr. in Keene on September 9, 1946. He was educated locally and graduated from Keene High School class of 1964. Harley was a graduate of New Hampshire Technical School in Manchester, studing Automotive Technology.
He started his career with Fairfields Automotive then went on to Bobs Arco and Classic Auto as an Automotive Technician. Harley eventually opened Classic Machine in Keene, specializing in classic car repair. Eventually retiring in 2008 after many years of ownership.
Harley was a confirmed bachelor. This gave him the freedom to work and play as he pleased.
For fun Harley traveled yearly to the Daytona 500 with friends, and was on the pit crew as well as a driver at local stock car venues. He was a mechanic on Rob Goodenough’s Racing Team for years. Classic car restoration was a true passion. Harley had a softer side to him. He loved to be in his gardens growing vegetables, cultivated blueberries and raspberries as well as many flowers. Time spent at Burritoville House Concerts in Sullivan brought great happiness to Harley, listening to a wide variety of music of which his chosen favorites will be sung by his cousin, Susan Bemis at his service.
Mr. Richardson is survived by his family. His sister, Ruth B. Beard and her husband Robert of Keene. Nieces; Robin M. Beard of Hanover, Renee L. Beard and her husband Adam Bard of Cambridge, MA. Nephew, Richard H. Beard and his wife Tracy of Keene. His presence will certainly be missed by his great niece and nephews, cousins, extended family and friends. Harley is survived by his Aunts and Uncle; Loretta Ball, Corinne Nash, Brenda Parker and John Madden.
Calling hours will be held on Saturday, February 16, 2013 from 3 to 5pm. with a celebration of life service to follow at 5pm. all in the funeral chapel. In keeping with Harleys wishes burial will take place in the warmer weather in the family lot at West Cemetery in Keene, date to be announced. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations be made in the memory of Halton J. Richardson III to the Monadnock Dialysis Center, 426 Winchester St. Keene, NH. 03431. All services are under the direction of Cheshire Family Funeral, 44 Maple Ave. Keene, NH. 03431. www.cheshirefamilyfuneralhome.com.