A friend and neighbor, Linda McCoy Ballinger said Richards “should be remembered for the good he did for the community in the ’70’s through ’90’s.” She added that he “had been in poor health and quite the hermit the last 10-plus years. He was a good ol’ guy in the day.”
Richards prized his roots.
“He was a proud alumni and football player of University of Michigan in the late ’60’s,” said McCoy Ballinger. “He always flew the U of M flag on his big deck during game season.”
Other things McCoy Ballinger remembers about Richards include “his lovely beach home, his ‘huge’ hearty laugh, and (his) setting up tables of juices and cookies every PB Christmas Parade in front of Steve Richards Realty in the 1300 block of Garnet.”
Kathleen Collins fondly remembers Richards as “a friend and mentor to me for almost 40-plus years whose real estate office stood at 1350 Garnet Ave. for nearly 50 years.
“He was honest and caring, guiding each client into real estate investments tailored to their needs and carefully ensuring his client understood each step of the process,” Collins said. “Steve guided me into investments that are now keeping me comfortable with rental income in my retirement. I truly owe everything I have to Steve.”
Collins described Richards as “a fixture in Pacific Beach.” She said he was a member of the Pacific Beach Lions Club and a business member of the Pacific Beach Town Council for “nearly as long as he had a business in town.”
Collins noted Richards and his family relocated to Pacific Beach from Michigan in the late ’70s or so. “He quickly had them active in the town council,” she said. “They were so active they served as honorary mayors in 1995.”
Collins said Richards was active in the annual PAESAN community barbecue honoring first responders. He was also active at Bird Rock Elementary with projects including the anti-drug D.A.R.E program while his daughter, Hope, was a student.
“He was a great dad,” added McCoy Ballinger.
“Girls softball was a favorite activity and for years Steve coached his daughter's teams,” said Collins. She added, “Steve was one of the most important people in my life. Always a friend who I could laugh with, cry with – and party with – especially in the ‘olden days.’”
Survivors include Richards’ wife Monica, daughter Hope, sister Ginger and others.
There will be a Celebration of Life for Richards at 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 9 at 637 Law St. in the back yard. All are welcome. Please RSVP for the taco truck at [email protected] or call 858-274-9186.