The Niagara Falls community continues to mourn the untimely death of businessman Jesse E. Richardson who made his transition December 24. Authorities are investigating his death as a homicide but at press time there had still been no arrests. Loved ones also view his death as suspicious
A vigil outside his popular Richardson’s Fast Food on Highland Avenue drew hundreds of people as news of his death spread.
Services for Mr. Richardson were held on January 4 at Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church on Calumet Avenue in the Falls, Pastor Timothy J. Brown Sr. officiated the service.
Well known and respected, he often mentored the neighborhood youth and encouraged them to “do the right thing” with their lives.
Richardson, 69, of Niagara Falls, NY, was born in Niagara Falls, NY. He was the son of the late John E. and Sallie (Lyman) Richardson.
On June 11, 1982, Jesse married Priscilla (Streeter) Richardson in Niagara Falls, NY. Jesse was the longtime owner and operator of Richardson’s Fast Food Deli on Highland Avenue. He loved his business and his community. He will be remembered for his mentorship and words of wisdom, and most of all, his devotion to his family.
In addition to his wife of 37 years, Jesse is survived by his children, Franco Richardson and Latoria (Albert) Richardson-Perdue; his grandchildren, Geria Hunt, Gerald Hunt, Jr., Leah Richardson, Kameron Richardson, and Kyrah Richardson; his great-grandchildren, Jayden Delbridge, Jeremiah Hunt, and Armani Hunt; his siblings, Jimetta (Johnnie) Williams, Johnnie (Mary) Richardson, Raymond (Jacquelyn) Richardson, Freddie Richardson, and Betty (Leon) Street; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his siblings, Maxine Hicks and Emmet (late Diane) Richardson.