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Object ID number 1996.09.011
Title Romeo Richard collection
Date 1945 - 1995
Scope & Content Folders referring to photo albums and containing loose papers from photo albums:

Photo Album Vol 1: 1945. VE Day - May 8, 1945 (Victory in Europe Day). Associated item: xerox copy of appreciation placard from the South Windsor Senior Center World War II Anniversary Commemoration Committee & Friends.

Photo Album Vol 2 associated items: 1985 Town of South Windsor 150th Anniversary calendar, South Windsor Volunteer Fire Department 50th Anniversary booklet, Town of South Windsor 1985 Annual Report.

Vol 3. 1988. South Windsor Memorial Day Parade 1988, Tree honoring the memory of Charles Enes May 30, 1988, South Windsor Berry Fest, SW Vol Fire Dept 50th Anniversary Parade, 1988 Wapping Fair, 1988 Taste of South Windsor, Harvest Celebration on SW Historic Main St., Traffic at four corners. Vol 3 associated items: newsclippings and dedication text (Enes).

Vol 4. 1989. Photographs taken by Howe Brothers from 1882 - 1907, 1989 Memorial Day Ceremony, Dedication of flowering tree to Harold J. A. (Stubby) Collins Memorial Day 1989, South Windsor Berry Festival 1989, Wapping Fair 1989, Taste of South Windsor.

Vol 5: 1990. Mexican Fiesta Party Senior Center 10th Anniversary, Memorial Day 1980, South Windsor Berry Festival 1990, Senior Citizen xxxx of summer picnic August 1990, Wapping Fair, Strawberry Festival June 11, Rossi Metal Sculptures, Wapping Fair 102 annual

Vol 6: 1991. Construction SW Community Center and Dedication

8. 1992. Wapping Fair

9. 1995. 150 birthday celebration May 13, 1995, Dept of Human Services

10. 1995. Special Olympics Torch Run, Strawberry Festival, Summer picnic

Each album has related news clippings and pamphlets.
Orgnaizational or Biographical History Romeo J. Richard was born in the state of Maine on March 6, 1915. His parents were of French Canadian descent. His father moved to New Hampshire to work as a shipbuilder, building war boats out of wood. In 1917, the draft came for World War I. When the US government discovered that his father was a Canadian, they sent him and his family home for him to sign up for the draft. The Canadian government found out that his father had worked on a farm and sent his father and his family to Calgary in the province of Alberta to be a farmer. Mr. Richard spent his young years growing up working on a farm. After the war, Mr. Richard's family moved to Montreal, Canada, where he was educated.

In 1932, Romeo Richard graduated from Superior School (high school). He then returned to the United States. He moved to Biddeford, Maine where he worked pouring cast iron in foundaries. In 1937, Mr. Richard moved to Willimantic, CT. He worked there as a mason for approximately one year. In 1938, Mr. Richard moved to Hartford, CT. After completing an apprenticeship, Mr. Richard worked as a tool and die maker for Pratt & Whitney Aircraft for 38 years. During that time, he also worked part time in many smaller shops as well.

On May 2, 1941, Romeo Richard was married to Marie Paradis at Saint Ann Church in Hartford, CT. Romeo and Marie Richard have had three sons and a daughter in their fifty-nine years together. Their children;s names are Raymond, Benoit, Fred, and Linda.

Through the years, Mr. Richard was active in various church activities and served as a scoutmaster. He received a leadership award for his duties as scoutmaster and went on to attain a Post Advisory position. Romeo was an avid fisherman and hunter for years. He started fishing when he was six years old. He has enjoyed many ways of fishing from deep-sea fishing to ice fishing, to stream fishing. He fished in many areas including New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, Michigan, and Canada. Mr. Richard started hunting when he was twelve years of age. He has hunted in New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Michigan, and Labrador, Canada. He was instrumental along with eighteen other hunters in starting the Hunter's Safety Program in Connecticut. He is the oldest safety instructor in the state of Connecticut. Romeo Richard also enjoys snow-mobiling, and cross country skiing.

In 1956, Mr. Richard moved to South Windsor. He has lived in South Windsor for fourty-four years. He states that he has lived in this town the longest. He enjoys the town and would like to remain here for the rest of his life.

Romeo has been a member of St. Margaret Mary's Church since it opened in 1961. Mr. Richard has been active in the church activities as an usher and Bingo caller for the church.

When Romeo Richard retired from Pratt & Whitney in 1976, he and his wife began to travel. He explored the United States of America and Canada. After his retirement, Mr. Richard also continued to work at various part time jobs such as hardware stores, small shops, and electrical shops.

In 1981, Romeo Richard founded the Super Sixties Sportsman Club which is affiliated with the South Windsor Senior Center. He was elected as the first President of the Club and was an active participant of the club. He started the popular Fish Derby, which he chaired for 13 years. Because of his active involvement, he received a proclamation from the town of South Windsor and a citation from the State. The annual Fishing Derby had as many as 900 participants. Some other activities that this group is involved with is cooking for the Senior Picnic at the South Windsor Senior Center, the Adpt-A-Road program, and the Community Service Awards presented to a boy and girl each year. He was also the historian of the Super Sixty Sportsman Club for many years. He kept records of all their activities by collecting photography, scrap books, and newspaper articles.

Romeo Richard has enjoyed photography for seventy-three years. He has photographed many town activities, anniversaries, celebrations, and parades. He has donated many photo albums to the Wood Memorial Library. Because of his efforts he has received the Paul Harris Fellowship Award from the South Windsor Rotary Foundation. He was one of only twelve people who have received this award. He was further honored by the fact that this was the first time the award was given out to a person outside the Rotary Club.
Collection Romeo Richard Collection
Year Range from 1945
Year Range to 1995