Richard Patrick Ford, 71: Hardworking, loyal mentor and friend

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FLORENCE, S.C. — Richard Patrick Ford, 71, died on April 27.

Ford was born July 22, 1940, to Patrick and Helen Ford of Glens Falls, N.Y. He graduated from St. Mary’s Academy in 1958 and then from St. Bonaventure University in 1962. He went on to work for the Kimberly Clark Corporation for 37 years as a sales representative and district manager, and retired in 2002.

He loved playing golf and was a longtime member of the Val Halla and the Sabel Trace golf associations. He enjoyed playing golf with his sons and was looking forward to golfing with his grandson, Brady.

For years he was an avid fan of all his children’s and grandchildren’s sports events and other activities. When he was in school, he was a gifted basketball player and passed his love for the game to all three of his children.

Ford was a hardworking and extremely loyal man who was always there for his family and friends, not only as a husband, father and employee, but as a role model and mentor.

He and his family were communicants of the Parish of the Holy Eucharist.

Ford is survived by his wife of 46 years, Kathleen; his children, Richard and his wife, Jennifer, of Little Ferry, N.J., David and his wife, Kellie, and their children, Hannah and Brady, of Newburyport, Mass., and Colleen and her husband, Ian, and their children, Caroline and Michae,l of Westwood, Mass.; brother John and his wife, Virginia, and their children, Carolyn and Patrick; and several nieces and nephews on his wife’s side.

Visiting hours were held on May 3 at Lindquist Funeral Home in Yarmouth. A funeral was held May 4. Burial will take place in Holy Cross Cemetery, Yarmouth, at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ford’s name to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Jimmy Fund, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284 or to the Val Halla Scholarship Fund, 1 Val Halla Road, Cumberland, ME 04021.