David Allen Richards
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“Dea Kate and your children:I am saddened by the news I just read. My heart breaks for you and your family. I will hold you up in prayer each day. ...Read More »
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“We are so sorry for your loss. Our love is with you ❤ ”
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“Katie, Dave's Children & Family,I send My Deepest Condolence To You All.Dave and I went to School together in Windsor Lock' s, Dave And I Became...Read More »
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An Iraqi war veteran and devoted family man, David (Dave) Allen Richards, 47, of Simsbury, passed away Sunday, April 8, following a massive heart attack. Dave's wife and soulmate, Kate, and their three children, Megan, Michaela, and Austin mourn this unexpected loss along with Dave's mother, Pauline and brother, Michael. Dave was born at New Britain General Hospital on April 4, 1971, son of Pauline Richards Taylor and the late Gary Richards. Dave was recently predeceased by Pauline's second husband Gordon Taylor who was Dave's loving step-father and friend from age 11 into adulthood. Dave graduated from Windsor Locks High School in 1990 and immediately entered bootcamp in the US Army and was deployed to Iraq during Desert Storm. After his first military service Dave met Kate Giles and they were soon married on a memorably hot afternoon on July 29, 1995. During the years to follow Dave worked in the IT Department for Shipman & Goodwin, LLP and later, Keep it Green Irrigation, of Granby. Dave reenlisted to military service in 2008 with the Army Reserves in 1st Platoon, 344th MP CO Worcester, MA, and was transferred to the 340th MP CO, Ft. Totten NY. He was then deployed to Iraq as a gunner in 2nd Platoon, 2nd Squad, operating out of FOB Rustamiyah in East Baghdad during Iraqi Freedom. He conducted over 200 combat patrols, training and working with the Iraqi highway police division. The unit successfully redeployed to the States in the spring of 2009 where David was released back to 344th MP CO. His injuries sustained while in Iraq greatly limited his ability to work outside of the home, but he remained connected to his friends and extended family with his online presence. Dave's family enjoyed his sense of humor and shared his love for the family pets, especially Elvis, his long haired cat. Dave had a keen interest in history and enjoyed viewing war documentaries. He and his children spent many hours assembling lego figures, models and painting Warhammer figurines. He enjoyed online gaming and was known as Wolfhawker or "the old man" in his gaming circles. Besides his wife and children, Dave is survived by his mother, Pauline Taylor of East Windsor; brother, Michael Richards and wife Melissa, along with their children Victoria and Lauren of Enfield. He is also survived by his step-brother, Mark Taylor and his children Greg and Betty. He will also be remembered by his extended family from County Claire, Ireland. Dave is also survived by his father-in-law, Fred Giles, brother-in-law, Brandon Giles, his wife Ann, and their two children Nick and Erin, all of Florida. He is also remembered like a brother by Stacy Heiko of Enfield and her children Danny and Katelynn. Memorial funds may be made to the gofundme.com site under David-Richards. The memorial service followed by a potluck reception for family and friends will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church, 11 Church St., Tariffville, Ct. at 11:00 am on Monday, April 16. His family appreciates all of the prayers and support offered to them at this difficult time.