Donald Richards, 72, of Newport, passed away Saturday, June 18, 2016 in Newport Hospital.

Born in Newport, he was the son of the late Comer and Sara F. (Stolze) Richards.

Don was proud to be a lifelong Newporter. He taught at Portsmouth High School for 20 plus years and was involved as an announcer for the PHS baseball team and the Portsmouth Babe Ruth League.

Don enjoyed the company of friends and family, was a member of the Preservation Society, he loved books, crossword puzzles, talking politics and history.

He was smart and funny and would not be defined by the cancer that took him way too soon. He touched many lives along the way and will be sorely missed by those who knew him.

He is survived by his sister, Eileen Holmes and her husband Alanson of Middletown, RI, his two nephews, Kevin and Brian Holmes, of Newport and his great niece Brittany Feeler and his great nephew Michael Holmes.

Calling hours will be held on Wednesday June 22, 2016 from 4-5:30 pm at Memorial Funeral Home, 375 Broadway, Newport.

His funeral service will be immediately following at 5:30pm.

Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the Newport Rescue Wagon Fund, 21 W. Marlborough Street, Newport, RI 02840 or the Robert Potter League for Animals, PO Box 412, Newport RI 02840, or to a local charity of your choice.

Ryan Belmore is the Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

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