- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 1, 2007

David Richmond, 65, Times manager

David Q. Richmond, a veteran circulation manager for The Washington Times, died Oct. 29 at Doctors Community Hospital in Lanham after a three-year battle with cancer. He was 65.

Mr. Richmond, born Aug. 28, 1942, in Charlotte, N.C., was known at The Times as an accomplished leader who mentored nearly every manager to come through the newspaper’s circulation department over his 25-year career.

Colleagues said that he usually worked long hours seven days a week, rarely took vacations and hardly ever called in sick.

They said the Mitchellville, Md., resident knew every street in the District and did not hesitate to go out of his way to ensure subscribers got their papers.

Mr. Richmond had been the D.C. home delivery regional manager for about two years at the time of his death, having reached that position after nearly a dozen promotions.

Mr. Richmond began his career in September 1982 as an area supervisor. He became the D.C. sales manager in 1991 and the regional sales manager in 2000.

Mr. Richmond’s wife of 38 years, Merle Richmond, said her husband was a family man who was direct and firm in his opinions and leadership.

“He was really the person that held our family together,” Mrs. Richmond said. “He was the leader of our family.”

She said that after family and work, Mr. Richmond focused his time and energy on golf, which he had played since he was a teenager. He stopped playing only recently when he became ill.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Richmond is survived by four daughters, Denise Sessoms, Vanessa Richmond and Sarah Willis, all of Charlotte, N.C., and Nicole Richmond-Pinkney of Clinton; and a son, Gary Richmond of Bowie.

A private viewing for family and friends will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Mount Horeb Baptist Church at 2914 Bladensburg Road NE. Funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. The burial will also be private.

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