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John Bruce Richardson

November 20, 1954 — April 18, 2024


John Bruce Richardson

Bruce was born in Norfolk, VA on November 20, 1954. He passed peacefully with his brother by his side on April 18, 2024.

Bruce was educated first in Chesterfield County, VA public schools and entered sixth grade at Dupont Junior High when his family relocated to Jacksonville, FL. After graduating from Wolfson High School having been the editor of the school paper, something he credited to being interested in from the time in Virginia when his older brother brought home a high school newspaper, he was awarded a full scholarship to Jacksonville University to be editor of that school's publication. He also worked part-time from age 15 at the Jacksonville Journal. Bruce went on to attend the University of North Florida.

Over the years he owned an advertising venture that produced Yellow Pages ads across several states. Later he owned a consulting business that included Amtrak as a client. His latest endeavor focused on supporting states' interest in developing rail passenger corridors.

Bruce inherited his passion for American passenger rail transportation from his father's years in that industry. He has been quoted in various industry publications on the subject and as a freelance writer, most recently he offered articles in an association with his employment.

His survivors include brother, Robert E. Richardson, Jr.; Jacksonville Beach, FL, and nieces Heather Shibley and Danna Burgess, both of Glen Allen, VA, along with cousins residing out of state. He is also survived by his godson, Ryan Gut of Mandarin, FL, and his twin daughters who he showered affection on. Bruce also had many longtime friends that he treasured, and business relationships that developed into lasting friendships.

Bruce was predeceased by his parents, Robert E. Richardson, Sr. and Alma Rose Richardson.

Bruce demonstrated a big heart to so many. He had an affinity to meet individuals where they were and warmly engaged them and remained loyal. He is and will be missed.

A Memorial Service is being planned for a later date. Please continue to check our website for service details as they will be posted as soon as they are finalized.
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