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Mitchell R. Richards

November 25, 1948 — March 14, 2023

New Port Richey, FL

Mitchell R. Richards, 74, of New Port Richey, FL, died Tuesday, March 14, 2023 at Marliere Hospice Care Center.

Mitch was born November 25, 1948 in Camron, West Virginia to William and June {Chambers} Richards.

Mitch proudly served in the United States Army, stationed in S Korea during the Vietnam War.

He married Sharon (Airhart) Smith on February 14, 1997 in Colorado Springs CO.

He had been employed with Allied Chemical in West Virginia and FEDEX Data Center in Colorado Springs CO.

Mitch was an accomplished artist who enjoyed bringing watercolors to life and was a member of the Pikes Peak Watercolor Society.  He also was an avid woodworker.  Mitch loved sailing boats on the Gulf of Mexico and his sailboat Spontaneity on a local lake in PA. He and Sharon retired to the Gulf side of Florida. Some of his happiest moments were while sailing, painting and spending time with his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

Mitch will be deeply missed by his loving family.

He is survived by wife Sharon, 3 children; Son Benjamin Richards WV, Daughters Shannon Warner KS and Melissa Jaynor WV.

12 grandchildren & 4 great-grandchildren 

He will also be deeply missed by his best bud Louie V (cat).

Mitchell was preceded in death by his parents and sister Sandra.

Memorial Services will be held at a later date with his ashes to be interred at Sherwood Memorial Gardens, Wooster Ohio.   Online tributes may be made at  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to HPH Hospice, Marliere Care Center, Attn: Developmental Department, 12107 Majestic Blvd. New Port Richey, FL 34654.

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