William E. Richardson, age 82, of Fairfax County, VA passed away at home on Monday, 17 January 2022. Bill was the eldest son of three children, siblings Richard and Joy, born in Waterloo, NY to William and Geraldine Richardson. The family later moved to various areas within Long Island, NY. He graduated from Massapequa High School with extracurricular activities in football, wrestling, running cross country and track. As a young man, Bill was street smart and athletic. He attended Farmingdale College to study Animal Husbandry with the goal of being a scientist in farming, but decided to join the United States Coast Guard (USCG), specializing as an electronics technician.

William was known as Bill or “Beeel” to some, lived an amazingly full life, enjoying years as a frequent world traveler with his wife, his beloved Antonia. He lifted the spirits of all he encountered and was known for his quick smile and easy laugh. Bill loved the outdoors, sunshine (which he could never get enough of), swimming, and the sea – one of the reasons he joined the USCG.

Bill consistently demonstrated his values and commitment to a strong marriage, true friendship, family, and hard work. He spent over 26 years in the USCG; relocating 14 times during those years to locations such as New Jersey, Greece, Alaska, California, Hawaii, and the Solomon Islands, finally retiring in Virginia as a CW4. Bill’s assignment in Greece was the most memorable, serving the Voices of America (VOA) mission, which gave him the opportunity to meet his beloved Antonia, his spouse of over 59 years. After retiring from the USCG, he worked for a couple of decades as a civilian contractor for the U.S. Navy. He was universally loved and respected by his family, friends, and coworkers.

Bill and Antonia’s big hearts resulted in the adoption of their four children from three different countries: Edward, Susan, Mia and Joseph. Bill was Antonia’s family’s hero, helping her family members immigrate to the U.S. to live full lives of their own.

After retirement, Bill lived for his next great adventure, travelling mostly through Europe by plane, train, ferry, and automobile with his beloved Antonia; meeting new friends, reacquainting with distant friends; enjoying sites, culture, and culinary offerings of each location. He discovered a love of photography, resulting in walls of photo albums crowding the home of all of their adventures, family, and friends.

Bill is survived by his wife, four children, six grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and his two siblings. No words suffice to celebrate his beautiful life. A funeral honoring Bill’s memory will be held at Arlington National Cemetery at a date to be determined in the near future.

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