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Bill Richards, former Scoutmaster of Troop 37 at St Peter’s in Rockford, passed away on September 1, 2015. He had been an active, registered Scouter for 50 years. Bill was much loved and respected by generations of Scouters, as one of the most dedicated and colorful individuals in a BSA uniform. He is shown here, as he posed for a photo that served as the cover of the council’s 2009 Annual Report.

Bill’s gruff exterior was a thin mask for the old softie inside. His faith, his family and Scouting were central to his life and he was intensely dedicated to all three. Raised in an orphanage for his entire childhood, Bill’s dedication to those three things is understandable. We will all miss Bill’s sense of humor, his coffee, and the example of leadership that he set for those around him.
Arrangements for Bill Richards’ visitation and funeral are below.

Don Kinney, Scout Executive,

William “Bill” J. Richards, 86, of Rockford, went home peacefully on Tuesday, September 1, 2015, with his wife Bonnie at his side.

He was passionate about Scouting, in particular, the Eagle Scouts whom he mentored. Bill was the Scout Leader of Troop 37 for over 50 years, retiring in 2014. He loved his family dearly and took pride in all of his children’s and grandchildren’s accomplishments. His family will miss him, as well as his Boy Scout “Family”.

Funeral Mass will be 10:30 AM, Friday, September 4, 2015 at the Cathedral of St. Peter, 1243 N. Church St., Rockford, IL, 61103. A private burial will be held at a later date. Visitation will be 4 to 7 PM, Thursday, September 3, 2015 at Fitzgerald Funeral Home and Crematory, 3910 N. Rockton Ave., Rockford, IL, 61103 and on Friday at the Cathedral from 9:30 AM until time of prayers at 10:15 AM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Boy Scouts of America, Troop 37, in Bill’s honor.




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