The Reverend Robert E. Richmond

The Reverend Robert E. Richmond


Let us remember with thanksgiving the life and ministry of Rev. Robert E. Richmond, who died quietly in his apartment at the La Vida Assisted Living Residence in Mission Viejo, CA on Thursday evening, April 16, 2020.

Rev. Richmond was originally from Flushing, NY. He attended undergraduate school at Queens College of the New York City University and successfully completed his theological training at Union Theological Seminary. He was ordained as a minister in 1963 in a ceremony at Riverside Church.

Socially and politically active, Rev. Richmond served all his congregations with deep, unwavering devotion, finding ways to encourage the churches he served to serve their own communities in turn. His biggest achievement was the Nutritional Health Center with its accompanying Meals on Wheels program, begun in the Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew on the upper West Side of Manhattan. Each day the Center fed over 250 seniors who lived on minimal fixed incomes, while also providing social activities and a loving and energetic social and health program for hundreds of others, many with no family due to Holocaust tragedies.

Rev. Richmond served as the Grand Chaplain of the New York State Masonic Lodge and was active in that organization for over 30 years.

In addition to serving St. Paul and St. Andrew UMC in Manhattan as both associate pastor and lead pastor, Rev. Richmond served Park Slope UMC in Brooklyn, Highland and Lloyd UMCs, St. James UMC in Lynbrook and Fishkill UMC. He retired from the New York Conference in 1999.

Rev. Richmond is survived by his three children, Elizabeth Eden, Dr. Ronald Richmond and Evelyn Haegele, and by their spouses, Daryl Eden, Lisa Richmond and Greg Haegele. Robert had five grandchildren, including Lt. Jr. Grade Joshua Moss of the Coast Guard and his wife, Lena; Evelyn and Christian Bolanos; Andrew Richmond; and Jessica and Max Haegele. Rev. Richmond’s wife, Rose, predeceased him in 2011.

Because of social distancing requirements, Rev. Richmond’s funeral will be private for his children. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Habitat for Humanity, a charity he and Rose supported through the years.