On Feb. 27, Gainesville lost one of its most outstanding citizens, Deke Richards.
Deke was a 1963 graduate of Gainesville High School followed by graduation from Piedmont College. He was a member of the Georgia National Guard during the Vietnam era.
Deke retired from the city of Gainesville as a social worker. He gave 37 years of service to senior adults in Hall County. He was very dedicated to his work, trustworthy and very much respected by the community. He was a blessing to many of Gainesville’s senior adults.
His mission was to enrich the quality of life for our senior population. He was one of the first on board with the Meals On Wheels Program, the Telephone Reassurance Program and very influential in the growth of participants at the Senior Center. He was always an advocate for any senior adult and their needs.
Deke was the biggest Georgia Bulldog fan I have ever known! He enjoyed collecting Georgia memorabilia. He always looked forward each year to the Car Show and Oldies Concerts in Atlanta.
Deke’s love for his family was immense. Hearing him talk about his daughters and his grandsons would light up the room.
I learned much during my friendship with Deke. He taught me much about helping others and about life. He certainly made a positive impact on many lives in Hall County. Deke fought a good fight and finished the race well. Mr. Richards, you will be forever missed.