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Charles Richards '53 December 7, 2021 9:40 AM updated: December 7, 2021 9:41 AM

Charles A. Richards
December 9, 1930 – November 25, 2021

Charles Aaron Richards, passed away peacefully at his home in Houston on Thursday, the 25th of November 2021, surrounded by his loving family. He was 90 years of age.
Charlie was born on the 9th of December 1930, in San Benito, Texas, the son of Verda Mae and Elvin Clarence Richards. He was raised in Kingsville, Texas and graduated from King High School.

He met the love of his life, Barbara Ann Thompson when he was 14. They began dating when he was 18, and they eloped in Tamaulipas, Mexico in 1950. They moved to College Station, Texas where he was attending Texas A&M, they then moved to Houston in 1952 and started raising a family. They had three children, David (1951-1971), Gail, and Chuck. They moved to Conroe in 1968 and then moved back to Houston in 1979.

Charlie was an entrepreneur, he established the first CA Richards Company in the mid 1950’s providing air conditioning equipment to commercial customers in Houston. He then went to work for Samuel Moore and Company as Sales Manager in 1963, this was where he met some of the early pioneers of the Offshore Oil and Gas Industry. He saw an opportunity in this new industry and started CA Richards & Associates, Inc. in 1971 which is still in business today. He founded and started another successful company, Hydro Vision International, Inc a manufacturer of underwater television equipment in 1988 and later sold the company to Kongsberg in Norway. He worked at CA Richards & Associates until his retirement in 2010.

He was a Life Member and Fellow of the Marine Technology Society where he was active in the Houston Section. He served as MTS’s Director of Budget and Finance from 1994 – 1996 and was presented MTS’s Special Commendation Award in 2006. He served on the Offshore Technology Conference Board of Directors from 1996 – 2003, serving as Chairman of the Board from 2002 – 2003.

He was a very active member of Bellaire United Methodist Church while living in Houston. He was also very involved with Little League Baseball, serving as Coach, then President of Bellaire Little League (1965 - 1966), then as Little League’s Assistant District Administrator of the Houston area (1966 – 1968).

His passions were his family, friends, business, travel, hunting, fishing, dancing, cooking and baking bread.

Charlie was preceded in death by his wife Barbara, and son David. He is survived by his daughter Barbara Gail Martin and partner Rick Stein, and son Charles Richards Jr and wife Judy, sister-in-law Jo Lynn Thompson; four grandchildren, Lauren Williams Stanko and husband Scott; Amy Jennings and husband John; Heather Williams; Reed Richards and wife Kay Dee. He is also survived by five great grandchildren, Charly-Anne Ashworth, Lillianna Williams Stanko, Ava Grace Jennings, John Jennings Jr, and Wren Richards.

A funeral service is to be conducted at two o’clock in the afternoon on Tuesday, the 7th of December, in the Jasek Chapel of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Drive in Houston, where Pastor LaTaya Simpson, associate pastor at Bellaire United Methodist Church. Immediately following, all are invited to greet the family during a reception in the adjacent grand foyer.

 

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