Tommie Lee Richardson was born on June 15, 1948, in Reading, Pennsylvania to the late Mose
Richardson, Jr., and Mary (Weaver) Richardson. He was very active in sports in his early years and loved
teaching kids to swim at Schlegel Park. He also taught many youths in the city of Reading and
surrounding areas to play chess, opening their minds to a different way of thinking. Forever the
competitor, Tommie was known to take no prisoners (no matter how young they were) and welcomed
all challengers. He was an avid Philadelphia Phillies fan and Philadelphia Eagles fan for life.
Tommie had free will and a free spirit, but forty-four years ago in 1978, tragedy struck when he was
involved in a life-altering car accident. Despite the wheelchair and the many operations and setbacks
that followed, Tommie maintained his zest for life.
Tommie is survived by one son, Robert Newton, II and eight grandchildren: Demetrius, Sr., Yvonne,
Elijah, Isabella, DeJanae, Olivia, Ayana, Robert, and two great-grandchildren: Layla and Demetrius, Jr.
Tommie is also survived by his sister, Zarinah Felton, and two brothers, Fred E. Richardson, and Ray
(Linda) Richardson. Tommie is preceded in death by his parents and his two sisters, Mozetta Hall, and
Willisteen Peoples, and three brothers, Robert, Roy, and Irvin Richardson.