Joseph ‘Bruce’ Richardson, 67

Joseph “Bruce” Richardson, 67, of Ocean View, Del. and formerly of Montgomery County, Md., and Baltimore, Md., passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, on Tuesday, May 30, 2017. Known to many as “Bruce,” he was born in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 12, 1949.

Richardson attended school in Montgomery County, including Sherwood High School, where he made lifelong friends. After graduating from high school, he proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps before beginning a long career in law enforcement.

He started as an officer with the Metropolitan Police Department before honorably serving the Baltimore City Police Department for more than 25 years, rising to the rank of lieutenant in the Southwestern District. After retiring from Baltimore City, he served as an investigator for the Delaware State Department of Corrections and as a bailiff for the State of Maryland judicial system.

Richardson married the love of his life, Patricia Richardson, in 1980. He earned a bachelor’s degree at the University of Maryland, College Park, in 1994.

Remembered for his jokes and contagious laugh, Richardson was the definition of a good man, a devoted husband, a proud father, a doting grandfather (or “Bompa”), a cherished brother, a special uncle, a treasured friend and neighbor and a trusted employee and colleague. All who knew him loved him dearly. He enjoyed life, especially spending time with his family, spoiling his grandsons, fishing and traveling the world with his wife.

Richardson was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph Clarence and Lulu (George) Richardson of Silver Spring, Md., and his sister Betty Jo Purdum, of West Palm Beach, Fla. He is survived by his loving wife of 37 years, Patricia (Peters) Richardson; two devoted sons, Brian Richardson of Baltimore and Kevin Richardson of Ocean View; a daughter-in-law, Erin Richardson of Baltimore; three grandchildren, Brandon, Chase and Ashton Richardson; two sisters, Edith Spitz of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Terry Lee Whipp of Boonsboro, Md.; a sister-in-law, Kathy Burnett of Evans, Ga.; several beloved nieces and nephews; and many cherished friends whom he loved like family.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 10, 2017, at 10 a.m. at Melson Funeral Services, 38040 Muddy Neck Road, Ocean View, Del. The family requested that memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society. Condolences may be sent online at