Message from Gregory White
April 6, 2014 12:54 PM
I want to send my condolences on the death of my buddy Father Pete as he was my priest from the 80's to sometime in the 90s in Aberdeen and Fulton. He was very nice and larger than life personality who was a big help who served five parishes in Mississippi(Aberdeen,Amory, Fulton,Okolona and Houston)as well as run summer camp. The big thing I remember him for is going through the trouble just to take me to see my mom that I have not seen for years in Jackson. Take care big guy......
Message from Mary Elizabeth Koehn
April 3, 2014 2:57 PM
Father Pete was my parish priest at St. Francis in Aberdeen, Mississippi in the early '90's. He married my husband and me in May of 1993 and we are about to celebrate our 21st anniversary! The description in his obituary that read "larger than life personality" couldn't have been more accurate! He was a wonderfully spriritual man who we loved. So saddened to hear of his passing. May he rest in peace!
Message from Margarita Hewko (nee Stamati)
April 2, 2014 11:39 AM
Dear Nancy, Kathy, Judith and Arthur,
What a way to get in touch after all these years ... I hope you do remember me because I never forgot you and the love you gave me when I first arrived in the US as an AFS student. And Pete, ahhh, the "Pope"!
Linda Lennox (Whittlesey) sent me a text message with the sad news. I am now in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Western Africa, on a mission trip and happened to be sitting with two priest friends when I read the news. This morning from this far corner in the world we said a mass for Peter.
Having Pete as a big brother on my year as an exchange student was very special. And how can one forget the laughing and the teasing and most especially, his big faith. He would not hesitate to publicly bless our lunch a the school cafeteria - that takes guts when you are in high school, doesn't it? What a gift it is to know from an early age that you want to serve God.
I always wondered what path his life took and reading about him and seeing his pictures you made me smile. He clearly spread so much love around him. What joy for those who came across him.
Through the internet I found Pete and then we lost contact again. And now ... Nancy, Kathy, Arthur and Judith, I do hope we reconnect. I live in Chicago with my husband John and our daughter Maria. But that is topic for a big reunion.
I send you my love and my prayers and am so sorry for your loss. Heaven is even a happier place now.
Message from Mrs. Katie Gorecki
April 1, 2014 9:38 PM
Fr. Pete as I will always remember him sat around our table for many holidays during his time in Aberdeen, MS. I was a young child then, and he was actually the priest for my First Communion. I am so sad to hear of his death especially as my own child prepares for his First Communion this month. He was with our parish for most of my childhood, and even though I have moved many times in my adult life, I still carry with me a special nostalgia of the years we had with Fr. Pete. He was professional, funny, caring, and generous, and I will be forever greatful for the time my family and home parish had with him. With sympathy, Katie Gorecki of Minot, ND
Message from Susie Baker Dickerson
April 1, 2014 8:52 PM
Fr Pete was my parish priest growing up in Aberdeen, Ms. He would often stop in to see us and have holiday meals with our family. I was about 6 years old when he stopped by one time, and we had the famous "puppy chow" incidence. Many of you may call it something else but here puppy chow is a cereal coated with peanut butter and chocolate then coated in powdered sugar that you shake in a paper grocery bag. He must have not heard of it before and being fun and jokester that he was, I told him I had something for him. The thing is, we didn't have puppy chow that day but did have a bag of Purina Puppy Chow. He willing closed his eyes and let me feed him a bite of Puppy Chow! I didn't get in trouble because I told him I was feeding him Puppy Chow. He must not have been too mad at me because he later brought over a Tinkerbell beauty kit for me, and I accidentally doused him with the whole bottle of Tinkerbell perfume. He told my mom he had other people to go see that day and now he smelled like a cheap woman. We have laughed over those things so many times over the years. I have so many great memories -- Christmas cookie making in the church hall and getting flour all over the kitchen, church camp, surprising him with an Alf birthday cake, and how his least favorite kids' church song was the "special song."
Message from Brett Miller Bryan
April 1, 2014 5:47 PM
Fr. Pete was my parish priest when I was growing up in Aberdeen. Pete was awesome. He spent a great deal of time with my family. I remember his taking us to many fun places.... movies, Catholic camp, and even fishing. We used to tease him about being like the TV character ALF. Once I sent him an anonymous letter from Santa to the rectory. He spent weeks trying to figure out who sent the letter. Another time, we got into an Easter egg war at church. (boy, did I get in trouble for that!) During the years in Aberdeen, he talked about his family a great deal. He looked forward to his time in Destin during the summer. I am now 38 years old, and I consider myself very blessed for having had him in my life.
Message from Jo Ann and John Finn
April 1, 2014 5:32 PM
John and I were so sorry to hear about Fr. Pete. He was a very kind man and meant a lot to us. We send our deep sympathy to his family.
Jo Ann Finn
Message from Gil Stevens
April 1, 2014 4:12 PM
I am stunned to learn of the death of Pete. He was a person I enjoyed working with and will miss his witty humor. He was bright and intelligent and a very caring person. I will hold him and his family in my prayers.
Message from Mary Ruth Baker
April 1, 2014 2:12 PM
I was very distressed to learn of the passing of Father Pete. He was a very dear friend to all of my family when he was stationed at St Francis in Aberdeen Ms years ago. I attended many week day masses he said which were beautiful prayer filled occasions and he often dined with us and visited in our home. My children thought the world of him as did my husband as he was larger than life and always so much fun to know and such a good and kind hearted person. Heaven will rejoice with his glorious homecoming. May his soul rest in peace and perpetual light shine upon him. Our condolences to all of his much loved family and the many who will mourn his loss.
Message from François M. Pellissier
April 1, 2014 9:04 AM
I am so sad to read of Pete's death. We had a great relationship as colleagues for several years and we shared a lot during his dark hours in Ohio. I was his only contact after he left the church ministry and we used to visit on the phone periodically. I was pleased to know he had bounced back in life and could continue to serve and use his talents. I shall miss him very much. I am extending my sympathy to all his family members especially his niece McKenzie whom he liked to talk about.
Fr François Pellissier
Message from Aline Nelson
March 31, 2014 7:45 PM
Dear Richardson Family: I was shocked and saddened to hear of the loss of Peter. I met him at the Workman Apartments where my mother resided for several years. He made such a positive impression on me with his never ending smile and his kindness to all of the residents. He helped me many times with issues with my mother for which I will always be grateful. She passed away at the end of February, and again Peter was a comfort and help to our family at that sad time. Because of a respiratory infection, I won't be able to attend his services, but my prayers are with him and your family.
Message from Linda (Whittlesey) Lennox
March 31, 2014 6:00 PM
Dear Nancy and the rest of the Richardson family, my heartfelt condolences go out to you. I loved Peter from the very first, 7th grade... He was in virtually all of my classes and when I look back on Chemistry and Physics classes, there is Pete, front and center of my memories. We were Chem lab partners which was always an adventure!! (I believe he had the highest breakage fee ever!!, but we always had a good time together.) What I remember most though, is his love of God and his desire to become a priest. Few of us actually become what we think we want when we are in high school, but Pete (aka "Pope") knew exactly what he wanted and became it. And it sounds like he did an awesome job in everything he did, which comes as no surprise. He always stood for what he believed and had no issues letting people know where he stood or in being himself. That is virtually unheard of in high school! He was a very special person. The world's loss is Heaven's gain! May God bless each of you as you mourn the earthly loss of your brother (uncle, etc.) Linda (Whittlesey) Lennox
Message from Fr. Thomas E. Kirkendoll, JR
March 31, 2014 2:08 PM
I'm sorry for you all lost and I want you to know that I feel it greatly. We were good friends even though in the last few years there wasn't much communication between us. However I have to say I loved him like a bother and I will miss him. Your truly, Fr. Tom Kirkendoll
Message from Chuck Hackett
December 2, 2016 1:51 PM
I just heard from Jim Dupont that we lost our Glenmary Home Missioners classmate, Pete Richardson two years ago. Tom, you and Pete were my favorite classmates [shhh!] during my six years. Favorites because you each brought the joy, and especially the playfullness of our loving God to each and every day, to each and every person. Pete is surely sitting at that heavenly kitchen table and entertaining friends, family and a host of angels ...hanging on his every Word. Peace 🕊
Message from Tracey (Richards) Bassos
March 31, 2014 1:16 PM
To The Richardson Family: My deepest sympathy to your entire family in the loss of Peter. I remember Peter's devotion to God going back to our Catechism classes at St. Thomas Church and high school at Wamogo. He has touched so many lifes throughout the years. May his love of God comfort you through this time of sorrow. My thoughts and prayer are with you.
Message from Linda (Whittlesey) Lennox
March 31, 2014 11:34 AM
Dear Nancy and the rest of the Richardson family, my heartfelt condolences go out to you. I loved Peter from the very first, 7th grade... He was in virtually all of my classes and when I look back on Chemistry and Physics classes, there is Pete, front and center of my memories. We were Chem lab partners which was always an adventure!! (I believe he had the highest breakage fee ever!!, but we always had a good time together.) What I remember most though, is his love of God and his desire to become a priest. Few of us actually become what we think we want when we are in high school, but Pete (aka "Pope") knew exactly what he wanted and became it. And it sounds like he did an awesome job in everything he did, which comes as no surprise. He always stood for what he believed and had no issues letting people know where he stood or in being himself. That is virtually unheard of in high school! He was a very special person. The world's loss is Heaven's gain! May God bless each of you as you mourn the earthly loss of your brother (uncle, etc.) Linda (Whittlesey)( Lennox
Message from Karen Morris
March 31, 2014 10:02 AM
Judy and family,
You are all in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.
Message from Sheri Tanner Eichman
March 30, 2014 7:39 PM
Richardson Family: My heartfelt condolences on the loss of your brother Peter. I knew Peter from Wamogo.. he was a fine young man back then and we always knew he would fulfill his love of God the way he did. Prayers to all of you at this time.
Message from karyn
March 30, 2014 4:35 PM
Dear Kathy, Nancy, Judy, and Art;
I haven't the words to express my sorrow at the death of Pete. And, even if I did manage to find them, I'm unsure of my right to share them. Nonetheless, my heart aches for my once-upon-a-time family. May God comfort and strengthen you all as you grieve.
Message from David Grosso
March 30, 2014 1:16 PM
I met Peter last year when my Mom moved into Workman apts. He was such a great guy . Very patient and caring of all the residence. He will surely be missed. So sorry for your families loss. The Grosso Family
Message from chuck coury
March 29, 2014 10:42 PM
I am so sorry for your loss--but to be honest---I cant think of Peter without smiling! I know he could be a pain sometimes, but to me he was very much a great friend and family member--and fun! He loved to prank people, and could tell stories like noone else! He is in a better place, if I had known Sunday when I hugged him hello, I would have asked him to tell our parents hello, but its not necessary--he's probably sitting at my mom's kitchen table with Ruth, and telling stries---or prank calling your mother! Nancy, let me know if I can do anything--
The world is a little darker without him, but heaven is all the richer.