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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Frank L. Richards, 75

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Frank Richards: Navy veteran. Contributed photo

Frank “Larry” Richards, husband of Helga Richards and longtime Westport resident, died Nov. 23 at Norwalk Hospital. He was 75.

He was born on April 13, 1940 in Detroit Mich. and was the son of the late Paul and Virginia (Torkola) Richards. He grew up in Detroit and spent summers visiting family in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

Family was the most important thing to him. He attended Northern Michigan University and was part of the ROTC program. He earned his degree in liberal arts and upon his graduation, he entered the U.S. Navy to become an air navigator.

He served his country during the Vietnam War and was a hero, receiving many accolades for his heroism. He met his wife Helga, while in the service and they had an international romance until they married in 1967.

They enjoyed 48 years of marriage, traveling extensively throughout the world, enjoying all that life could offer.

Larry became a pilot for Eastern Air Lines after serving in the U.S. Navy. He was a captain and flew for Eastern and ended his career with Continental Air Lines.

He was an avid sailor and car enthusiast. He sailed all over the world, but particularly loved his time in the Virgin Islands.

Safety was always his concern, whether it was for his passengers or for his family. No one had to worry when he was at the helm, the wheel or the yolk.

He was a beloved friend, brother, son, husband, father and grandfather. People loved his zest for life and his smile could brighten any room.

Survivors in addition to his wife Helga include one daughter; Ursula Malizia and her husband Greg of Westport, his grandson, Brett Malizia, one brother, Bruce J. Richards of Detroit, and many cousins and friends.

Friends are invited to attend a memorial service on Sunday, Nov. 29 at 2 p.m. in the Saugatuck Congregational Church, 245 Post Road East, with full military honors to follow.

Contributions in memory of Larry in lieu of flowers may be made to Homes for the Brave, 655 Park Ave. Bridgeport, CT 06604. Condolences for the Richards family may be left on line at http://www.hardingfuneral.com.

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