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Former Komet passes

Former Komet Billy Richardson from the 1950s has passed away at age 85. He played in Fort Wayne for the last four years of his career from 1954 to 1958 as a 5-foot-10, 165-pound right wing. He played in 196 games with 54 goals and 115 points. He was also a long-time IHL linesman.

Services are pending

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Komets PA
Mon, 12/05/2011 - 8:30pm

Billy was a long time family friend and a friend of my dads for over fifty years. After his retirement from International Harvester, he came to work with my family at our paint factory Perfection Varnish. Of all the people I have met in this world, Billy had the firmest strongest handshake. Even in his 60's he was a physical specimen. He was an avid golfer and just an all around good guy. I always would ask him about his time with the Komets and he spoke glowingly of his time on the ice with the boys and he appreciated and loved this city and was amazed how people still remembered him years after he had retired. I think this year was the first time that he wasn't included in the opening night festivities because his health had deteriorated over the past year.

Billy, you were a good friend and you were a forerunner to all of the guys over 69 years who have followed in your skate trails on the Coliseum ice. You will be missed by those whose lives you touched .

Mon, 12/05/2011 - 8:51pm

tack tack tack tack

(My stick blade tapping the ice)

Mon, 12/05/2011 - 11:16pm

Thank you! Very appropriate!
What a nice man! Always fun to talk to.

Tue, 12/06/2011 - 5:20pm

Billy was a very nice man who really cared about others. I also remember that handshake!