Biography: “If you trust and never doubt, he will surely bring you out, take your burden to the Lord and leave it there.”
Julian Sylvester Richards passed away at home on Friday morning, November 23, 2018 with his loving wife, Doris of 45 years by his side. He was 87 years old, born June 23, 1931 in Barbados, West Indies to the late Lionel Richards and Ruby Sullivan Richards. His siblings were Lionel (SonnyBoy) Richards, Velda Richards, Anthony Yearwood, Errol Yearwood and a half-brother Julian Gittens.
Julian was an intelligent and ambitious man who left his native home, Barbados, to achieve greater things in life. He traveled to the Bahamas in 1957 to pursue a better life for his family. On his trip to the Bahamas he was the only passenger on the boat. His dream was to see what life was like across those waters.
Once in the Bahamas, he became an Electrician working at a power house then at a hotel. He eventually left the Bahamas to go to New York to study ballet and got a job as a desk clerk downtown. Following this he resumed doing the electrical work in private practice before taking on the task of driving both yellow and private taxi service for nineteen years. In 1977 he got a job with the New York City transit continuing to do electrical work which he loved and respected. He was employed at the New York City Transit through 1996 before retiring.
In his personal life, Julian loved music, loved to dance and most of all he loved to play his guitar. He called his guitar his second wife. He was a jovial guy, with a good heart, always with something nice to say and loved by many.
He loved to give his children and grandchildren brain teasers for which they will always remember him for. He would at times test their knowledge with questions like: “How many birthdays have you had?” and delight in telling them they have only had one birthday, with the rest being anniversaries.
He leaves behind his loving and devoted wife Doris, daughter Rosemary, sons Winston, Samuel and Peter, 12 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends. He is loved and will always be remembered.