Lives Lived: Bob Richelson |

Lives Lived: Bob Richelson

Bob Richelson died Oct. 14, following a long, courageous battle with cancer.

A memorial mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thurs., Oct. 29 at St. Canice Church in Nevada City, followed by a reception in the church hall.

He had many tales to tell about his New York City beginnings, the old Yankees and interviews with political, sports and entertainment celebrities as well as his WWII liberty ship days.

As a merchant marine in WWII, he took part in the treacherous Murmansk Run. Like his father, Mr. Richelson was a seafaring man who could not resist the lure of adventure and travel.

A former sports writer and an award-winning public relations executive, he represented world-class companies such as RCA, Toyota and Medic Alert. In more recent years, he wrote numerous travel articles which appeared in The Union, The Wildwood Independent and magazines throughout the U.S. and Canada. His stories often focused on the cruises he took to unusual destinations.

“Innovative, funny, athletic and a gentleman” are words those who knew him use to describe him. His people skills ran deep and true and he was a great source of encouragement to many. He was an active member of the Penn Valley community, where he and his wife, Eileen, resided for 24 years. His favorite story was the account of how they met in New York City and their life together.

He managed many Little League and Babe Ruth teams. He also delivered meals to homebound seniors for five years. He was a true friend, a kind, considerate man, and a loving husband and father.

His is survived by his daughter, Courtney Ferguson, of Penn Valley; son, Ryan Richelson of Mountain Ranch; grandchildren Lyndsy, Ryan and John; two great- grandsons and nieces Rachel Ball and Dana Wilson of Nashville, Tenn.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 62 years, Eileen Mary Lynch; parents, Frank and Bertha Richelson and sister, Gladys Dye.

Special thanks to the staff at Quail Ridge and the committed hospice nurses, social workers and volunteers whose compassion exceeded any job descriptions.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the High Noon Home Delivered Meals Program at the Gold Country Community Center or to Hospice of the Foothills.

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