Victor Caswell Richardson



Fondly known as “Guns,” Victor Caswell Richardson died March 9, 2021.

A lifelong Jamestowner, he left only to serve his country as a U.S. Army medic in World War II. He was a part of the invasion of Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge.

“Guns” was a proud winner of the “Most Ingenious Design” award in the Fools Rules Regatta for years on end. He enjoyed biking, sailing, flying and driving around Fort Getty and Beavertail. He knew every square inch of his beloved island. An avid photographer, he was proud to see his name in The Jamestown Press.

“Guns” worked as a chief engineer on the Jamestown-Newport ferry line, until the boats were retired. He then worked at the University of Rhode Island as a steam plant engineer, and whenever possible, on the research vessels, Trident and Endeavor. He was fascinated by math, science, engineering and astronomy. Never bored, he had pursuits that ranged from growing tomatoes in seaweed to amateur radio, from teaching himself calculus to making boomerangs.



He loved hot coffee, ice cream, dogs and Jamestown.

He was predeceased by his wife of 68 years, Charlotte, and parents, Alfred V. Richardson and Edith (Caswell) Richardson.

He leaves behind his sister, Dot Blythe, and his brother, Donald Richardson, both of Jamestown; his four daughters: D. Karen Richardson, Gaelyn (Wayne) Bunker, Kim (Wayne) Whittenhall, and Pamela Jarret; four grandchildren: Jennelle (David) Goodburn, Reese (Jimi) Grondin, Lucien (Kim) Jarret, and Elena (Steve) Hughes, as well as nine great-grandchildren. He was beloved by many nieces, nephews, in-laws and friends.

In the last years of his life, he was loved and cared for by his family and Josh Sullivan, as well as the amazing caregivers at the John Clarke Nursing Center and of Cathleen Naughton Associates.

A memorial service will be conducted at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Beavertail Lighthouse Museum Association, PO Box 83, Jamestown, RI 02835, button_ id=7UMVPKJ3E4K92

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