Update on John P. Richards -President, APWU Pittsburgh Area Retiree Chapter

UPDATE: Obituary for APWU National, Local, and Retiree Officer and Activist John P. Richards

Our union Brother, John P. Richards, President – Pittsburgh Area Retiree Chapter of the APWU, has been having some serious health difficulties and is currently in what he describes as a “diminished condition” in an update he recently sent to family and friends.

Below is his address for those wanting to send cards of well wishes and encouragement:

John P. Richards
PO Box 39
Slovan, PA 15078

John’s email address: jprichards1@verizon.net

7 thoughts on “Update on John P. Richards -President, APWU Pittsburgh Area Retiree Chapter

  1. Union and NAME of Local/Branch
    APWU / SoCal
    Email Address

    John, sorry to hear of your passing, which I read about in the latest issue of the APWU, The American Postal Worker, July/August 2023 issue. I worked for the USPS for 42 years retiring in 2015 as a manual clerk at the San Bernardino Ca. Mail Process Center. I have been a card carrying APWU member ever since I started my Postal career. I am still a member in retirement in good standing and most likely will stay a member. I started my career as an LSM clerk in Pasadena Ca. transferring to San Bernardino in ‘85.

    I am seeking information about your personal history. My wife’s maiden name is “Richards” her people are from Shinglehouse Pa. about 182 miles from where you lived in Pittsburgh. Was hoping your wife or children can help me with possible a connection between your people and hers. Maybe related somehow. Again sorry of your passing you will be missed by your union brothers and sisters, You were the Union.

  2. Union and NAME of Local/Branch
    Pittsburg Area Retiree Chapter
    Office held, if any
    Email Address

    Thanks for your very much appreciated kind and thoughtful messages.

  3. Union and NAME of Local/Branch
    APWU - Pittsburgh Metro
    Office held, if any
    Former Steward
    Email Address


    Sorry to hear of your recent health problems. I hope things improve for you soon. I looked you up to thank you again for looking out for your people, even in your retirement. The newsletter on Medicare Advantage was the only thing I’ve seen noting the disadvantages of it. I probably would have signed up if my wife hadn’t reminded me that some things seem to be too good to be true. You’ve been a true stalwart of our local union. You & Joe Anthony were quite the team. Thanks again.

    Don Henn

  4. Union and NAME of Local/Branch
    APWU - Springfield, MA Area Local 497
    Office held, if any
    Email Address

    Hi John,

    I don’t know if you remember but we first met in 1978, at the National Convention in Denver. It seems like yesterday. I still remember the Denver Post putting a picture of Emmett Andrews giving the bird to the then President of the L.A. Local. Emmett had a big smirk on his face. They had to put it on the front page!

    Us old guys have to look out for ourselves. We never know what’s lurking around the corner. Retirement isn’t what I thought it would be. I’m somewhat disappointed with neurologists. They seem to have problems getting things right. That being said, I’m still chugging along. I enjoyed my times as an officer of the local.

    I wish you all the best, for a long time to come.

  5. Union and NAME of Local/Branch
    APWU - Michigan State Retiree Chapter
    Office held, if any
    Email Address

    Hang in there JR. We have some debates to enter into and I don’t want to miss them with you. Don’t go anywhere you cranky old man! And nice job on the Pennsylvania election for Joe!

  6. Union and NAME of Local/Branch
    APWU - SWCAL Retirees
    Office held, if any
    Email Address

    John I hope you feel better soon. Prayers are with you.

  7. Union and NAME of Local/Branch
    APWU - Oklahoma City Area Local
    Office held, if any
    Full Time Steward and VP
    Email Address

    Sending prayers to John

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