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Celebrating the life of

Dr. William Edward Richards

Passed away on February 06, 2021

Dr. William Edward Richards

William Edward Richards, born May 24, 1963 in Pasadena, Texas to William and Gladys Richards, passed away suddenly on February 6, 2021.  

Dr. Richards was a scholar who started his schooling at his beloved Texas A&M University, receiving a B.S. Degree in Psychology. He received his Doctorate of Medicine degree from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine. He then completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Scott & White Memorial Hospital in Temple, Texas, and his fellowship training in Gynecologic Oncology at The University of Kentucky. While simultaneously caring for patients, he excelled further and earned his MBA at The University of Michigan Stephen M. Ross School of Business, and he was recently named Medical Director of The Lewis Cancer and Research Pavilion and Endowed Chair of Robotic Surgery at St. Joseph’s/Candler Hospital in Savannah, Georgia.  Dr. Richards was a leading expert in the robotic surgery field, who other physicians trusted to care for their most vulnerable patients and complex cases.  His humbled and team-oriented approach will be deeply missed by his many professional colleagues, as will his unique style of singing while operating and wearing cowboy boots with his scrubs.  Dr. Richards made his patients and their families feel comforted and safe during the darkest moments of their lives, and they will forever remember him for his strength, compassion, wit, and the second chance at life that he provided to them and their loved ones.

Dr. Richards is survived by his loving wife of 35 years, Susan C. Richards. They raised three beautiful daughters who chose three wonderful men to share their lives with: Sarah Ann Richards and her husband Alex Smith; Emily Nicole Richards and her husband Kyle McMeekin; and Madeline Denise Richards and her husband-to-be Kyle Jackson. In addition, he is survived by his mother, Gladys Richards of Pasadena, Texas, by his four grandchildren, Elizabeth (Ellie), Brady, Blaire and William (Liam), and by the thousands of lives that he forever touched.

Known to his friends and family as “Eddie,” or more recently to his grandchildren as “Doc,” he will be remembered for his compassion and dedication to his family, friends, patients, and faith. He was an avid music lover with a beautiful singing voice, loved sports of all kinds, and knew more than most about good whiskey. In Savannah, he could always be found on his boat sailing the Intercoastal Waterway or walking his three beloved granddogs through the neighborhood. Above all, nothing mattered more to him than his family, and he often reminded them that no matter how dark times may seem, the best is always yet to come.

A Memorial Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 20, 2021 at the Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be sent to:  St. Joseph’s/Candler Foundations - Advancements in Cancer Care Fund, 5356 Reynolds Street, Suite 400, Savannah, Georgia 31405.

To view a live stream of the Mass, please visit Vimeo.com/510844064

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Dr. Richards was my oncologist and such a good, kind, and caring man. He will be missed. May the saints and angels surround his family with love and peace. Eternal rest grant unto Dr. Richards, dear Lord, and let your perpetual light shine upon him. My prayers are with his family as so many patients also mourn his passing.

- Josie Murphy, Savannah, Georgia

Dr. Richards was my oncologist. The first time I met him he left surgery to meet with my husband and I. We had just lost a baby and found out during the process that I had clear cell ovarian cancer. I don’t remember much about that day, but I do remember that he listened. I have three little girls. He told me about his girls and how much he adores them. With tears in his eyes he told me he would do everything within his power to make it so I would see my girls grow up, as his daughters were such a source of joy for he and his wife. I am heartbroken and will miss my Dr. He made me feel safe and well. He made me laugh. And he always commented on my scarf matching my vans. I lost my dad tragically two months ago, so I know there are no words that comfort or soothe the pain from such a significant loss. Praying for your family. You were all so adored. I am so very sorry.

- The Mcnew Family , Savannah , Georgia

To Susan & the Richards Family, I only knew Ed for a short time while attending Michigan Ross with him. However, that’s all that was needed for him to make a lasting impact on myself and everyone else in our program. Ed was an inspiration and motivator to everyone. His words of encouragement and caring during classes, social events and even our commencement day will forever stay with us. Thank you for sharing him with us. We are all better people for it. May our thoughts and wishes comfort you in this difficult time.

- Jeff Aznavorian, Canton, MI

I will be forever grateful to Dr. Richards for his skillful and compassionate care at a critical time in my life. My experience was no doubt repeated countless number of times during his outstanding medical career. My heartfelt wishes and prayers to the family during this difficult time.

- Diane Boullosa, Hilton Head Island, SC

I’m so very sad.. what a great friend, father, Christian Ed was... I will miss his quick whit.. his text during most every Aggie game .. asking if I was there and what I thought ... the world won’t be the same for me ...

- Steve Johnson , College Station , TEXAS.

Ed Richards was my friend. He still is, in this world and in the next. Our connection was Texas A&M, our shared love for our families and our shared values. I loved Ed Richards. He was a man of character, dignity, intelligence, loyalty and a true friend. While I am deeply saddened by his passing and will miss the adventures we shared traveling literally all over the world to chase our beloved Aggies, I live with the memories and the knowledge that his was a life very well lived. I am saddened for his wonderful wife, Susan, his three wonderful daughters and deeply saddened that his grandchildren will never get to fully experience what an incredible man their grandfather was. I look forward to seeing Ed in the presence of God, where he rests today.

- Sam Torn, Houston, Texas

Susan, my heart felt condolences to you and your family! Ed is already greatly missed. Z

- Z, Savannah , Ga

God got the best when He took Eddie home. May peace and understanding be with the family.

- Ann and Larry Thompson, Lubbock, Texas

Loved him like a brother. Enjoyed our many times together at sporting events as well as our phone visits.✝️

- Dave and Leanne South, College Station, Texas

I am profoundly sorry for your loss. Eddie was one of my father's favorite medical students, I will always think of him as "fast Eddie", a nickname that was given because of his surgical skill and a huge compliment from Mac Rowley. He was a technically gifted surgeon and I hope he his having a sip of good whiskey with my dad right now. Jane

- Jane Rowley and family, Lubbock, TX

He saved my life. He was a wonderful individual and a great doctor.

- Sandra Simmons , Savannah , Ga

Ed was the best of us. It’s hard to believe he has passed. I will always remember his MBA graduation speech and the verve with which he approached life. He will forever be missed.

- Darryl Elmouchi, Grand Rapids, Mi

Dr. Richards was my oncologist. At a time where I was so sick, he made me feel safe. I knew that I could trust him, and he was so smart, caring, and funny! Thank you for sharing him. He is and will be, greatly missed.

- Jill Bell, Savannah, Georgia

I will miss his laugh and sense of humor his jokes and how wonderful he was. He always talked about his beautiful family and his faith, he was just a very humble caring gentleman Texas proud what a tremendous loss many prayers to Dr Richards family ❤️ I will forever miss him in my chair cutting his hair

- Angela Flores, Savannah , GA

Susan, we are so saddened to learn of Eddie’s passing. I know your heart aches. Please know we will pray for your comfort. Eddie loved passionately. His love for you and the girls was evident every since I met him some 20 years ago. Eddie was such a help to Seth getting into medical school and deciding on a residency. We love you. We pray for you & the girls (husbands & grandkids). Please let us know if we can do anything for you. Peace be with you all. Scott & Patti Stubblefield

- Scott & Patti Stubblefield, Brownwood, TX

Peace be with you Susan and the girls. Love you

- Sherry vaught, Duncanville, Tx

I was shocked to learn of Dr. Richard’s sudden passing. Such a tragic loss. He was arguably one of of finest person that I have met. Always kind and caring, a devoted family man and a surgeon of rare talent. His name and memory will be a memory to us all.

- Frederic Spector, DPM, Savannah , GA

Susan, it has been a privilege in my lifetime to have worked so closely with Ed. Full of passion and love for others. My heart goes out to you and your daughters and family. He loved and adored his family as he oftentimes spoke of you. I pray for your comfort and peace in this most difficult time. Nancy

- Nancy Johnson, Savannah, GA

He was a loving and kind person at all times.

- Vanessa Green-James, Savannah, GA

He was not only a great doctor to many but a genuine and down to earth person who I so enjoyed not only working with but just talking about life in general and Kentucky basketball. Prayers to his family. Rest In Peace my friend!!!

- Liz Wallace, Claxton, GA

Susan and family, I'm so very sorry for your loss. Ed and I were classmates at Ross and, while our interaction was brief, his impact was extraordinary. Ed was always ready with a kind word, a good joke, or an idea for how to make class more fun. He knew who he was and how much he helped people, but he remained humble and warm. The world was a better place because of Ed and I will miss him.

- Curt Jacobsen, La Cañada, CA

Dr Richard's was a Wonderful person as well as a Great doctor. He's taken care of my mom and I with caring and thoughtful spirit. My prayers are with his family, co-workers and his patient's; he will truly be missed!

- Sonyia Cooper , Port Wentworth , Ga

Dr. Richards saved my life. Not only was he an outstanding surgeon, he was an amazing person. He took time to explain the procedure and drew diagrams so that I would understand how he would do the surgery. He welcomed me to ask questions. He was patient and listened. He was a doctor who made me confident in his care. I will be forever grateful to him and his team. He is a rare man of excellence and humanity for others to strive for. We have lost a national treasure. My heartfelt prayers to the family during this difficult time.

- Leslie Dessauer, Savannah, Georgia

A candle has been lit!

Condolences to Susan and the Richards family. As my oncologist since 2012, Dr. Richards has seen me through many recurrences of cancer . He was a blessing to all who knew him. His humility and humanity along with his professional expertise allowed a bond to fight this dreaded disease. I will miss him. God bless you in this sad time.

- DEBORAH WALLACE, STATESBORO, GA

Sending condolences to Dr Richards family through this difficult time. It was hard to believe he has passed away. Dr. Richards was a blessing in my life and I will never forget him. He was a GREAT doctor and I’m so happy Dr. Tucker referred me to him. Rest on Dr. Richards. Kesha James

- Kesha James, Savannah, Georgia

What a great Dr. he will truly be missed. Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal

- Stephanie, Savannah, Ga

Dr Richards was a fine surgeon who treated everyone in the operating room as a colleague. His cases and patients presented challenges, and he understood everyone's role in meeting those challenges. Dr Richards was brilliant and kind, a rare combination. A great loss for Savannah.

- Nancy Cunningham, Savannah, GA

Susan, I was so saddened to hear the Eddie had passed. A terrible loss of a great physician and friend. I am so sorry. Richie R

- Richie Rosen MD, Lubbock, Texas

Dr. Richards was my oncologist. At a time where I was so sick, he made me feel safe and lifted my spirits each and everytime Isaw him. I knew that I could trust him, and he was so smart, caring, and funny! I feel like I have lost a family member. Thank you for sharing him with me. May our Lord Jesus Christ keep you and your family forever comforted in his arms.

- Susan Wirth, Guyton, Georgia

A candle has been lit!

I was shocked to hear about Dr. Richards passing. I count myself a cancer survivor because of him. There are so many women in the area who can say the same. My sincerest condolences to the family. He will be greatly missed.

- Sheri L Blystone, Pooler, Georgia

Lifting you up and thought and prayer. I am so sorry for your loss. I will be forever grateful for all he did for me and my recovery.

- Lisa Parsons-Smith, Savannah, GA

I AM SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS HE WAS GREAT PERSON I WORK WITH HIM AT CANDLER HOSPITAL I WAS A NURSE AID HE DID NOT CARE WHAT JOB YOU DID HE GOT TO KNOW YOU BY YOUR NAME HE WILL MISS HIM SO MUCH BY HIS CANDLER FAMILY GOD BE YOU I AM PRAYING FOR YOU ALL GOD IS THE ANSWER LOOK TO HIM

- Gloria Alexander, Savanna , Georgia

He was my teacher and friend at Texas tech. He was part of the team that took care of my mother. He was amazing and I will forever remember him fondly. He went like he told me his dad did- suddenly. Will miss him and hope to see him again in heaven.

- Naghma Farooqi, Lubbock , Tx

My condolences to the Richards family words cannot express the lost........ God Bless.

- Reynolds , Savannah , Ga

Dear Richards family, you are in my thoughts and prayers. Dr. Richards was a kind, caring, loving man who exhibited integrity and kindness to all he came in contact with. I lovingly referred to him as dad #2 and he treated me like daughter #4. I will never forget his kindness, his faith or his compassion. May God comfort you all today and in the days to come. With love and honor, Amber

- Amber (Haire) Brogden, Cincinnati , OHIO

We are so sorry for the loss of such an amazing man! When I was hospitalized, I complained of not being able to bathe. He brought me a container of corn starch for me to powder myself with so I wouldn't feel so sticky. Gotta love that man!

- Onie and Jerry Alexander , Townsend , Georgia Dr Richards was the most delightful, funny doctor who saved my life during my bout with Cancer.

DOC, you saved my LIFE, calmed my FEARS and made me LAUGH. The COWBOY BOOTS and the SINGING were an added PLUS. Thank you for being my DOCTOR. You will be missed by many who know you. My PRAYERS are with your FAMILY. GOD BLESS!

- Christine Degenhardt, Savannah, GA

Dear Susan, Sarah, Emily and Madeline and your families, I am so incredibly devastated to hear about Eddie and I am sending my thoughts and prayers. Eddie was a true friend to me and always gave me the best advice. He was such a great man of faith, Dad and an amazing dedicated physician and the list goes on and on! He loved everyone and was so proud of his girls and loved those grandchildren. I will miss him so much and I will miss him for all of you. I am heart-broken and I love all of you so much. I will cherish the laughs and memories forever! With love and friendship, Michele Hughes

- Michele E. Hughes, Lexington, KY

Didn't want to go to work Monday because I didn't want to face Candler Hospital knowing Dr Richards was gone. Enjoyed his stories while working on his MBA, mostly about his family. Your loss is Savannah's loss.

- Tim Beckett, Savannah, Ga

I first met Dr. Richards 3 years ago when I needed his expertise as a patient. He and his staff were always kind and helpful to me. I always felt important to him and he took excellent care of me while I was in the hospital and when I saw him in his office. He was a wonderful doctor and I will always be grateful to him. I am saddened to hear about his passing and look forward to seeing him again in heaven one day.

- Marianne W Bowers, Baxley, GA

Only known him for the 5 years I’ve been here he has always been one to come in the morning and talk sports with me and crack a few jokes. Then he would go on his way to start his day. Always in a good mood no matter how others may feel around him and after he would get his breakfast I would always yell out GO BLUE (in regards to Michigan wolverines) And he would point at me and say it back. I only knew him a short while but could tell he had a heart of gold and filled with genuine love and compassion and his manner always respectful and therefore everyone gave him respect in return. Truly a blessed man who loved his family and loved people. He will be missed! Our prayers go out to his family that the Lord watch over them and comfort them in this grievous time. Thanks Doctor Richards for being a welcoming person when I first moved to Savannah Ga! Thanks for the laughs and good times rest up brotha I’ll see you when I get there! GOD BLESS!

- The Furbert family, Savannah , Georgia

While I didn’t know Ed super well personally I adored his wife and 3 daughters. Through them I learned of his kindness. I will always remember how welcome he made us feel during our overnight in Savannah even offering to let Kyle drive his car. Susan, Sarah, Emily and Madeline, we send you all our love.

- Liz and Kyle Asher, Cincinnati, Ohio

Dr. Richard's will forever have a place in my heart. I just saw him in January for my yearly exam and we were joking and laughing. I'm just in shock that he's gone. God truly took a great man home. He did 3 surgeries on me to remove my cancer and was kind, funny and so very caring from the first moment we met. He is irreplaceable not only as my Dr, but as my friend. God keep you until your family comes home to be with you.

- Shelly M Rutledge , Savannah, GA

I grew up with "Eddie" in Pasadena and played with him throughout our younger year's. May he rest in peace!!!

- Mark Pittman, Saint Paul, MN

Dr. Richards recently became my oncologist short of 6 months ago. The day of my surgery, when we first met, he left such a great impression that I will never forget. He was kind, caring, and passionate with an amazing sense of humor. I always looked forward to my follow up appointments because I knew he would put a smile on my face. I could hear his voice down the hall as he’s approaching my examination room(such joy that memory brings). During our conversations he would always talk about his grandkids, how much he adored them. I’m so deeply saddened to hear about his passing. I wish we had more time together as planned, but I’m grateful for the little time we did have. He was an extraordinary physician. I extend my condolences to Dr. Richards family, friends, and colleagues. May God give you all the strength to heal and peace moving forward. Dr. Richards will be truly missed.

- Jamie Washington, Savannah, GA

Dr. Richards was a fabulous physician who was kind, caring, skilled, compassionate...the list goes on. My specific prayer for you all is that your fondest memories help get you thru this devastating time. Blessings.

- Debbie Matthews, Lubbock , Texas

A candle has been lit!

i meet dr richards when i was working in the 23hr unit at candler hospital he would always come throught the unit and geather us all together at the nursing station and tell us jokes he kept us laughing all the time . i retired and left the hospital be he is one person that you want forget. dr richards go on and take your rest until me meet again i know you got heaven laughting right now to his beautiful wife and children and grands i pray that god give you the streingth you will need to get throught this terrible lost and to mama richatds i know all to well how you feel loosing your son so i keep you in my prayers may god walk with all of you love ya

- alice lewis=green, savannah, ga

I am so sad to hear of Dr.Richards loss of life. Noone wants to hear they have cancer but with his compassion and knowledge he gave you comfort and brightened your spirits. My heart and prayers go out to his family. I know we will all miss him dearly as he and his staff feel like our family.

- Nancy jenkins, Guyton, GA

Dr. Richards is the only reason that I'm alive today. He told me when I was first diagnosed that I was a part of his family now and I felt that way throughout the treatment process and during the 5 years since treatment ended. My sincere condolences on the loss of an excellent Dr. and a great man who was a true example of love and compassion - may God comfort and keep you during this time and the days to come.

- Laura Boyett, Brunswick, GA

Susan, Sarah, Emily, and Madeline I was stunned to see Eddie’s obituary in this morning’s paper. Obviously, this is tragic news about a wonderful person who served others and was loved by many. Please know that I am holding you all in my heart and that you all are in my prayers. Through social media I have shared in your joys on many special occasions. Today I celebrate Eddie’s life and the gift he was to you all. Love, Sally

- Sally Loden , Lubbock , Texas

I have been a patient of Dr Richards since 2017. He made me feel at easy from day one. I was a unusual case he would say if it can happen it will happen to you. He said I will NEVER forget you but the truth is I a will NEVER forget HIM. He was a GREAT man and Doctor. No one wants CANCER but I am so glad GOD placed me in his path! I lift the family up in prayers as well as his work family. He will truly be missed by so many!

- Tammy Higgins, Baxley, Ga

I represent a contingent of Eddie's friends from Texas A&M University Third Floor Crocker Hall, where Eddie lived. We had the honor of knowing Eddie while in college. He was famous for his generous smile, sense of humor, kindness, making new dorm members feel welcome, and ability to tell an excellent story. Our dorm community at Texas A&M was close-knit and we shared many laughs, stories, and beers with Eddie - often after wins over University of Texas - WHOOP! In honor of Eddie, Third Floor Crocker Hall Texas A&M - Eddie's College Buddies have pulled together and contributed to St. Joseph's/Candler Foundations - Advancements in Cancer Care Fund. It is important for us to let Eddie's family know that his college buddies loved, cherished, and miss him. We were lucky to know Eddie and our college experience was better since he was a part of it.

- Third Floor Crocker Hall Texas A&M - Eddie's College Buddies, College Station, TX

I was so sorry to learn of the death of Dr. Richards. Please know of my condolences to Susan, Sarah, Emily, Madeline, and to all of this wonderful family. Mike Bennett

- Mike Bennett, Lubbock, Texas

So sorry to hear about Eddie. While my contacts with him were minimal while he was in Lubbock, it is always sad to lose a colleague. Went by your old house in Tech Terrace the other day and thought of him. I noticed that in the picture he has the Michigan hat and found it interesting since I graduated from the "U" in 1968. I think that he would be looking down today saying "Go Blue" unless they were playing A & M!

- Daniel E McGunegle, Lubbock, TX

My heart was broken when I read that Dr. Richards had passed. Dr. Richards was my doctor and saved my life, he will forever have a special place in my heart. My thoughts and prays are with his family and fellow workers. He will be forever missed.

- Karen Jones, Savannah, GA

I’m so shaken by Eddie leaving us so early. I will always remember him fondly and our times together in high school choir. May you find comfort and peace in this devastating time of loss.

- Ronnie Watson, San Antonio , Texas

It was my pleasure to get to know Eddie during his time in Lubbock....Deepest sympathy!

- Robert J Broselow,MD,FACOG , Southland, Texas

I have worked with Dr. Richards for 7+ years. More recently, Dr. Richards took on the Medical Director role at The Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion where I got to work much closer with him over the past few months. His loss in unfathomable. I will miss running into him in the cafeteria, exchanging stories of our early morning exercise routines, turning a boring training into a game with high-fives and cheers, and his unforgettable jokes. I feel beyond blessed to have so many memories to hold on to of him. Work will never be the same without him. He will forever be missed.

- Alaina Underberg, Richmond Hill, GA

It was an honor to have known this awesome man. He was kind, intelligent, and humble. I saw him as an Angel on earth. RIP my friend. God bless you Susan and the rest of your family.

- Jimmy Hedrick, SAVANNAH, GA

To Dr Richard’s Family I will always remember my days in the Candler OR on Tuesday and Wednesday seeing him in passing and his sweet smile and encouraging words for the day! He has touched so many of his Candler Family ! I will be forever grateful for the years knowing him as a great surgeon and friend! His voice was an amazing added extra to be able to hear at times and WOW it was awesome! God Bless all of you and may you find peace in knowing that Dr Richard left a huge mark in this world and that we are grateful to be a part of his world! Laura

- Laura Garner, Savannah, GA

Susan, Sarah, Emily, and Madeline, I am so sorry we lost Ed. Our hearts and prayers go out to you. Ed was my friend, the brother I never had. Ed and I talked on many occasions about our friendship and how the sequence of events which allowed it to grow had to be God’s Will. Although he was not my physician, when my life was in danger Ed and his staff came to my aid by lining up the best medical team in the country. He didn’t have to do anything but offer a few kind words of support, but that would not have been Ed. He was a loving husband and father, a brilliant surgeon, and one of the finest Christians on this earth. He had a positive influence on everyone he came in contact. My heart aches that his grandchildren will be unable to personally experience the wonderful man Ed was. I’ll see you later, Ed.

- Scott Semlinger, Bryan, Tx

I was so saddened to hear that Dr. Richards had passed away. He has been my oncologist since 2015. He was an amazing doctor and person. I am alive today because of him. He always took the time to talk to you. So compassionate and kind. He will forever hold a very special place in my heart. My condolences to his family.

- Nancy Dunn, Hinesville, GA

I was Ed’s barber during his stay in Cincinnati. He was and always will be one of my favorites. We shared a kindred spirit in music, and he was always genuinely one of the funniest guys I’ve met. I knew he was a genius in his field but he was also such an easily approachable person. I will never forget you Ed.

- Brian Peter, Cincinnati, OH

We are heartbroken to learn of the passing of Ed. Our prayers go out to sweet Susan and the rest of the family. I can't begin to explain how much I looked up to him. He is on my personal Mount Rushmore of men I aspire to become some day. I am so thankful he called me recently to catch up. Our friendship began with Aggie football but evolved into so much more. We spent our time in recent years simply talking about family and him giving me advice. I am a better man, husband, father and friend for having known Ed Richards. I am going to miss him terribly. We look forward to the day we see him again in Heaven.

- Byron & Joanna Soules, College Station, TX

A candle has been lit!

- Leigh Marks, Hinesville, GA

Dr Richard was my oncologist and he was such a good kind, caring and loving man he will be missed by many my heart is so heavy right now Dr. Richard save my life and I will always be forever grateful .I pray and ask God to give his family and staff the healing and y they will need to get through this

- Trina Lundy, Savannah , Ga

Dr. Richards was my oncologist. He was such as kind and caring man. I will never forget the day we met. I don't remember a lot about that day but I do remember him praying with me. My family and I will forever be grateful to Dr. Richards for saving my life. My prayers are with his family and the many patients whose life he touched.

- Joanna Adams and family, Uvalda, GA

Our prayers and thoughts are with Susan and family. Ed was a beautiful family man and great singer. The song he sang for Emily at her wedding was amazing. His love for family was very visible and known. God Bless all of you.

- Diane Donoghue , Harrisonburg , VA

My prayer and condolences is with the family and his staff and his patients. Because God sent Dr to save my life in 2013. I broke down and cried this morning when I heard that my Dr had passed. He made me felt like family when I had my appointments. So he was family to me and his staff was family to me. I am heart broken. But one thing I do know that is He love Jesus Christ. Well done you faithful servant of God! You will truly be missed.

- SABRENA L MACK, SAVANNAH, GA

A candle has been lit!

- SABRENA L MACK, SAVANNAH, GA

I was very saddened to hear of your loss. Sarah, I send my deepest condolences to you and your family.

- Yolande Woods, Tyrone, Ga

Susan, Sarah, Emily and Madeline - I am so heartbroken for you. Your dad and husband was truly an amazing man with an amazing heart and love for life. I will be praying for you and miss you gals so much. Sending y’all a big hug from Texas.

- Felisa Rodriguez, San Antonio , TX

Dear Susan, even after many passing decades since seeing each other, it saddened our family deeply to hear of Eddie’s sudden passing. My father (Jean) loved to reminisce about the wonderful and funny times shared with you both. Mom and I will remember Eddie and his entire family in our prayers. With sincere sympathies, Liz Morvant and Allyson M Diaz

- Allyson Morvant Diaz, Thibodaux, Louisiana

May God grant you comfort as you go through this difficult time.

- Cheryl Farlow RN

Susan, we were heartbroken to hear about dear Ed. Prayers of comfort for you and the girls. Dee and Glenn

- Dee and Glenn Parham, Lubbock, Tx

My deepest sympathies for Dr. Richard's family. My surgery was in 2017 and he and his team were exceptional! I am so fortunate to have had him as my doctor. Thinking of you and wishing you comfort and peace.

- Melanie Christian, Savannah, GA

Our prayers are with the entire family.

- Dr. Steve and Mary Diamond, Douglas, GA

Here...This is especially sad to me as I knew Eddie. We were residents at Scott and White Memorial Hospital together. I was an anesthesia resident a year ahead of Eddie. We had great times learning to be doctors. I graduated and moved to Lexington Kentucky to practice. Oddly enough, some time later, Eddie and another Scott and White Ob/Gyn, Mark Reedy, moved to Lexington to enter the Gyn oncology program at the University of Kentucky. I knew Eddie Richards to be a great and caring physician and he was a good friend. The world just lost one of the good guys. God bless you Eddie, rest in peace.

- Mark Richardson, MD, Amarillo, Texas

He was one of my most formidable mentors during residency. He believed in me - and that made such a world of difference. I am so heartbroken for his amazing family, and I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to learn from such an incredible teacher and surgeon. Fair winds and following seas, Dr. Richards.

- Alita Loveless, MD, Lubbock , TX

I will be forever grateful for your care

- Tonya Atkins , Vidalia , Ga

I am so sorry to hear of the sudden loss of your wonderful husband, father, grandfather and son. I went to high school with Eddie, two years behind him, and my mother is one of Gladys’ travel buddies. I got to play the piano for Eddie during one of his solos in the high school choir pop show. He was a much better vocalist than I was a pianist. Not only was his beautiful singing voice evident even then, his brilliant mind was also. One day he gave me and Suzanne Winn a ride home from school. I asked him about a word from my English class that I did not understand. I was pronouncing it wrong and he corrected me. The word was “epitome”. I think of him every time I hear it and how embarrassed I was! Eddie was the guy we all looked up to and the guy who always had greater things on his mind than most people did in high school. I pray you all are comforted by his legacy and the above-and-beyond ways he used what God had given him.

- Linda Garner Richardson, San Antonio, TX

We send our condolences. Ed made a difference in so many lives, and his influence on so many lives will echo through the generations. Ed was a fantastic professional and a problem solver. His big personality and personable nature are a rare combination. We will pray for you and your family. Ed was someone whom, I consider it a privilege to have known. May God bless you and your family. Tom, Julie, Alex, Sam and Luke Reid

- Thomas Reid, Dayton , Ohio

We haven’t met yet, Madeline, but you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. We are so sorry for your loss.

- Mr and Mrs Michael Schlitte, Barnegat, NJ

Praying for God's peace to surround your family. May the many beautiful memories that you all have bring some comfort.

- Lora Reese, Savannah, GA

A candle has been lit!

- Lora Reese, Savannah, GA

I am so very sorry for the loss of such an amazing physician, friend and family man. Dr. Richards and I met at the gym at Candler Hospital two years ago. We would be waiting at 0515 a.m. every morning Monday thru Friday to start our workouts at 0530 a.m. with the rest of 0530 group of gym Silver Sneaker persons. I instantaneously liked him with his friendly and bright smile he shared with everyone of us, his encouragement, jokes, stories of his family and friends, and his amazing sense of humor. He was a great person with his wonderful and amazing dedication to patients health, as well as others. He will be greatly missed. I will greatly miss seeing him around the hospital and especially at the gym. God bless each of you and may time gentle the ache of your hearts and remind you of all the great times you all shared. God's Peace be with you all.

- KATRINA ROBERDS HELMY, Savannah, Georgia

We are so sorry and deeply saddened to hear about your loss. We send our love and prayers to you and your family.

- Richard, Susan, and Hannah Krieger, Maineville, Ohio

Dr. Richards saved my life. He was always very upbeat and positive during my treatment. He explained my situation so that it was easy to understand and he made me feel very at ease during a very difficult time. It is hard to put into words what a great, kind, caring person he was. My thanks and prayers go to his entire family. Thank you for sharing him with the world. He made a tremendous impact on many lives and will not be forgotten. My sincere sympathy to all of you.

- Mary Dollins, statesboro, GA

Dr. Richards is such a compassionate person and knew how to make his patients feel comfortable while going through a difficult time. He will sure be missed. A heartfelt thanks to him for being my oncologist. My prayers go out to his friends, family, and all his patients he cared for.

- Diana Powell, Port Wentworth , Ga

I first met Dr. Richards, Dec. 3, 2020. Upon entering his office I felt a certain Calmness. Once called to the back I was for certain I was in the right place.Walking in to see a Wall of Cross’s was a Blessing! He completely put us at ease that day and again on Jan. 6, 2021, the Day he did my Surgery & told me we had caught it in time, I am Blessed. I know he will be missed by many, I Pray the many memories that your family has will bring you comfort in the times ahead.

- Christine M. Hawkins, Blackshear , GA

I send my deepest sympathy and condolences to the family and friends of Dr. Richards. I am so very saddened by his passing. Dr Richards saved my life, and always made me feel safe in his care. His personality was amazing, he always had a way to make everyone laugh. He will be deeply missed by so many. Rest in heaven Dr. Richards.

- Tatjana Payne, Allenhurst , Georgia

A candle has been lit!

- Tatjana Payne, Allenhurst , Georgia

He brought a smile to my face the first minute I met him! He introduced himself as Edward and said he liked my shoes! He added he qualified as a good judge of women’s attire since he lived with 4 of them! He was so relaxed and confident! He made a very scary time in my life so much more bearable! God bless him and his family.

- Susan Robacker , Hilton Head Island , SC

I was shocked and deeply saddened to hear that Dr. Richards passed away. I was scared when he first saw me as a patient, but he quickly put me at ease, took a lot of time and explained my situation. I loved sharing stories about my family, and he shared stories of his time spent in my home state, Michigan. What a nice man he was, and an incredible doctor! He will be truly missed by all who knew him! May God Bless his Family!

- Pam Schueneman, St Simons Island, Georgia

I pray that your family have peace & comfort during this time of loss

- Dianne Threat Atkins (Patient), Savannah, Georgia

The Demery Family is praying for strength during this time. Dr. Richards blessed our daughter Brandi Demery. He will be missed.

- Demery Family , Brunswick , Georgia

I met Dr. Richards at the darkest moment in my life and he managed to shine a light and clear the darkness for me. I will forever be grateful for the kindness he has shown to me.

- Theresa Mercer, Swainsboro , GA

I am so saddened to hear about the loss of Dr Richards. I ended up in his care just 10 short weeks after the birth of my son. Scared for my life and for my sweet babies, and Dr Richards was so caring and compassionate, and most importantly incredible at his craft. I have had the pleasure of seeing him every 3 months for the past 4 years and I never once had an appointment where he didn’t talk about his daughters or his love for his family! He seemed like he lived life to the fullest and never took a moment for granted. He made an incredible impact on this community and on so many people’s lives. He will be remembered fondly. Prayers to the family. <3

- Kristen DuBose, Savannah, GA

My deepest sympathies and condolences to your family and loved ones. I moved to Atlanta but kept Dr. Richards as my doctor. I traveled back and forth because he was my hero. I was just told today by Dr. Yannucci and I am heartbroken. A wonderful soul has gone on!

- PaQuita Rose-Collins, Lithonia, Ga

I am deeply saddened to learn of the loss of Dr. Richards. I met him when I took my friend to him for treatment. And I have referred several people to him over the years. As a nurse of nearly 50 yrs he was undoubtedly the most impressive physician and person I have ever met . I have often remarked that even in the most grim of circumstances it would be hard to feel bad in his presence. One of the girls I sent to him and I would speak of him often. I would often say to her, “hey, how’s Ed?” And she would reply “oh, he’s good.” She called me today that she had rec’d the letter of his passing and I, in turn, called my other friends who no longer see him have moved away and were unaware. All were shocked and heart broken and shared a common thread as patients who adored him. I called my friend who drove another patient to her appts with Dr. Richards and she was likewise shocked and spoke of what a wonderful person he was. To know him was to love him. The impact he had on every life he touched defies articulation. There are simply no words to define his kindness, his genious,his incredible witness and the difference he made in the 1000s of lives he touched. My deepest sympathy to all of his family. Betty Lynn Souther

- Betty Lynn Souther RN, St Simons Island, Ga

I am sending my deepest condolences to the family of Dr. Richards, I am just finding out today of his untimely passing.He became my oncologist three very short years ago. Dr. Richards was a warm and very caring physician. The things that I will remember about him is his sense of humor and his smile. Whenever I visited his office, he always greeted me with a big hug. The last time I saw him was in December 2020, he was getting on me about my blood pressure, we laughed, but before he left out of the office, he gave me a hug and said, I love you Ms. Myers and I told him that I loved him also. I will truly miss him.

- Melissa Myers, Savannah, Georgia

Like most doctors aged 63 years, I have lost many patients, family members, friends, classmates, and colleagues over time. The passing of “Fast Eddie” hurts more than most. I was lucky to have worked with this one of a kind man in Lubbock TX for 10 years, fighting to beat cancer in the patients we took care of. He was a rare combination of faith, intelligence, compassion, surgical skill, integrity and humor. He could make you think, pray, feel, cry and laugh all in the same conversation. Who does that? I know many people have said RIP, but I doubt that Fast Eddie, where ever he is, will RIP. No. He is somewhere making people think, pray, feel, cry, and laugh. Thank you Fast Eddie, for making me a better doctor and a better man. I pray that I am lucky enough to join you at your table in the afterlife.

- Rufus Mark, Lubbock , Texas

I’m so sorry to read of Dr.Richards passing. When he told me he was leaving Cincinnati, I told him I would miss him and if my cancer came back, I’d look him up and come to him for treatment. So, today I went looking online for him, (still NED, . but keeping track of the good doctor) my heart is broken. I’m so sorry for his family and I’m sure it will be difficult for them, he had such a large presence. I’m missing him from afar, can only imagine the loss his family is feeling. Prayers to all for peace and comfort! Sincerely, Connie Melampy

- Connie Melampy, Elsmere, KY

My sincere condolences to the family. My heart is full. Dr. Ed, as I called him, was by oncology doctor at the Barrett Center in Cincinnati. He has such compassion for me, my Dad, and our Matriarch (a former nurse) who loved fussing with him, then baking a red velvet cake to make up. She and I were tickled to discover that Dr. Ed hid his cake so that he could keep it to himself. I didn't know until moments ago, that Dr. Ed passed away. I was looking at my calendar as there was a reminder to wish him a happy birthday. I loved him and his staff, especially Dina, very much. Thank you Mrs. Richards and family for sharing him with all of his patients. Blessings, Rev. J.J.

- Rev. J.J. Johnson-JioDucci, MCS, Cincinnati, OHIO

My sincere condolences to the family. My heart is full. Dr. Ed, as I called him, was by oncology doctor at the Barrett Center in Cincinnati. He has such compassion for me, my Dad, and our Matriarch (a former nurse) who loved fussing with him, then baking a red velvet cake to make up. She and I were tickled to discover that Dr. Ed hid his cake so that he could keep it to himself. I didn't know until moments ago, that Dr. Ed passed away. I was looking at my calendar as there was a reminder to wish him a happy birthday. I loved him and his staff, especially Dina, very much. Thank you Mrs. Richards and family for sharing him with all of his patients. Blessings, Rev. J.J.

- Rev. J.J. Johnson-JioDucci, MCS, Cincinnati, OHIO

Eddie Richards was a Gyn Oncology fellow when I was a resident at the University of Kentucky. He was a fun-loving guy and managed to bring a little levity to our sense of duty in a very heavy environment. He was also a fellow Aggie and we attended Muster together. My heart goes out to his family, friends and patients.

- Elisa Brown, Odessa, TX

Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
912-352-7200