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Edward T. Richardson Jr.


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Edward T. Richardson Jr., 94
SOUTH PORTLAND - Edward T. Richardson Jr. of South Portland died on April 18, 2016, at the age of 94. The son of Edward T. Richardson and Edith N. (Trott) Richardson, he was born in Portland and moved to South Portland in 1925 where he lived for the rest of his life. He graduated from Bowdoin College in 1943, took courses at the University of Paris in France at the end of World War II, and graduated from Northeastern University Law School in 1950.
Richardson served in the U.S. Army during World War II with eight months of infantry combat service. He was one of only three members of his platoon still standing at the end of the Battle of the Bulge. He wrote a book about his wartime experiences called Blood and Candles, published by Trafford Publishing Company in 2002.
He practiced law in Portland from 1950 until his retirement in 1980, specializing in conservation, real property and probate law. He was the author of Maine's first conservation easement law and served the Maine chapter of The Nature Conservancy from 1958 to 1987 as legal advisor, chairman and trustee, retiring as a Charter Honorary Trustee. He was the author of The Maine Chapter of the Nature Conservancy, the Early Years, published by the Nature Conservancy in 1989. He was a founding member of the Friends of Bigelow, the organization that supported the referendum that made Bigelow Mountain Range part of the public domain. In 1983, Richardson received the Sol Feinstone Environmental Award for outstanding contributions to conservation and the natural environment.
One of Richardson's passions was photography, and he was active in the Portland Camera Club serving at various times as president, treasurer and a trustee. He specialized in black-and-white pho- tography and he did his own developing and printing. He won the club's first prize in the black-and-white category consistently, and the club ultimately gave him a lifetime achievement award. He taught and lectured in nature photography from time to time and his photographs have appeared in numerous publications devoted to the natural environment.
Richardson was a member of the Cumberland County Bar Asso- ciation, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 832 in South Portland, the Maine Historical Society, the Portland Senior Lawyers Association, and the Appalachian Mountain Club. In 1995, he participated in The Permanence of Memory: Maine Veterans and Civilians Remember World War II project.
Richardson summered for much of his life at his camp on Little Sebago Lake. He loved hiking, camping, mountain climbing and kayaking, never missing an opportunity to photograph the natural environment. Throughout his life he had a great love for classical music, enjoying his season tickets to the Portland Symphony concerts and his large record collection.
At Mr. Richardson's request, there will be no funeral service. His ashes will be buried with his parents at the family cemetery plot in South Portland. Arrangements are under the guidance of
Hobbs Funeral Home
, 230 Cottage Rd., South Portland.

Donations may be made to
Mr. Richardson's favorite charities:
Bowdoin College or
The Nature Conservancy.

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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Apr. 24, 2016
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