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“Our thoughts and prayers are with you. ”
1 of 12 | Posted by: Marsha & Gary Fargusson

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Richards family. Bill was a terrific individual, as was his wife Mary. Perhaps the best legal advice I ever...Read More »
2 of 12 | Posted by: Michael Sachs

“If there are angels on earth, surely Bill was one of them. ”
3 of 12 | Posted by: Marlene and Ted Grippo

“Our sympathies go to all the Richard's and family, especially our good friend Amy. I cannot believe your Dad has passed so soon after my last visit...Read More »
4 of 12 | Posted by: Estelle Davies

“Are prayers and sympathy are with you ”
5 of 12 | Posted by: "Mary Glosson, Gerry Glosson, and John Glosson"

“We will always remember Bill and Mary as kind neighbors and friends. You have our deepest sympathy. ”
6 of 12 | Posted by: Jim and Betty Gill

“I have many fond memories of interactions with Bill. When I was in high school, he drove our tennis members to Peoria in a VW bug; got lost; and...Read More »
7 of 12 | Posted by: Bruce Goldsmilth

“Our prayers are with you and your family. ”
8 of 12 | Posted by: Geno Komes and family

“Robin... I am so sorry to hear of your Father's death!! You and your family are in my prayers!! ”
9 of 12 | Posted by: Therese Garvey Geihm

“Friends for a long time--can't believe he and Mary are gone. They were good people and we will really miss them. Hope we can stay in contact with all...Read More »
10 of 12 | Posted by: Herb and Alice Sachs

“We are very saddened by the loss of Bill, first for his wonderful family, but also for the community. We will be forever grateful that we got to...Read More »
11 of 12 | Posted by: Nancy and Jim Hopp

12 of 12 | Posted by: MICHAEL F. LLOYD

G. William Richards (Bill), 76, long time Aurora resident and attorney, passed away peacefully on November 23, at home surrounded by loved ones. He was born June 10, 1933, to Thomas and Marvel Richards.

Bill received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Illinois and was admitted to practice law in Illinois in 1957. He served as magistrate for the City of Aurora and the 16th Judicial District Circuit Court, and was also an assistant states attorney for Kane County. Bill was the first president and chairman of the board of the Bank of Montgomery.

Bill prided himself in serving his community - for him serving was a joy, not a burden. He declared there would be no retirement in his lifetime; he vowed to seize each day, each crossroad, each fork in life's road, each new direction to be decided with prayer and divine guidance.

Over the years, his dedication to community could be seen in his involvement with the Jaycees, Aurora Optimists, Moose, Salvation Army, Catholic Social Service, Kane County Bar Association, DUI Taskforce, Holy Angels Parish Council, Hesed House, Joseph Corporation, Aurora Election Commission, and many other community and political activities. Among his activities, he always found time to support the Kane County Cougars, where he was an inaugural season ticket holder and avid fan.

Survivors include sister Nancy Skeldon of Titusville, FL, step-sister Barbara (Earl) Steinke of Glen Ellyn, daughter Rebecca (late Walter) Thompson of Aurora, son Thomas A. (Kathy) Richards of Sugar Grove and family Melanie Franklin and Stephen Dale, daughter Debbie (Carl) Angello of Aurora and family Jason and Joshua Angello and Brooke Hermann, daughter Robin (Larry) Nelson of Sandwich and children Jessica and Trevor Kramer, daughter Mimi (Jeff) Steinwart of Aurora and family Erin, Emily and Natalie, son Chip (Stefene) Richards of Glendale, AZ and family Megan, Alexis and Ben, daughter Amy Richards of Chicago, seven great grandchildren, cousin Frank T. Fox (late Kathryn), niece and goddaughter Karen (Jim) Bozarth of Aurora and many other nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by Mary, his loving wife of 51 years.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, November 28, 2009 at 10 AM at Holy Angels Church, Hardin and Lancaster Avenues, Aurora. Msgr. Martin Heinz and Fr. Marianna Ery will concelebrate. The family will receive friends following the service in Connor Hall (lower level of Holy Angels Church) on Saturday from 11 AM until 2 PM.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the G. William and Mary D. Richards Scholarship Endowment Fund, c/o The Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley, 111 W. Downer Place, Suite 312, Aurora, IL 60506 or at