Mr. Roald Joseph Richard, 53 died suddenly in a road bicycle accident on Sunday, April 5, 2020. A drive-by visitation was held on Friday, April 10, 2020 at Scottsboro Funeral Home.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Diane, his son, Mark and daughters Christina and Anna. His loving parents are Marien and Michel (deceased). Roald was the baby brother of his siblings, Henri, Nicole and Greg. Roald is survived by his nieces and nephews, David Richard, Jonathan Richard, Nick Kleminsky, Alex Kleminsky, Elizabeth (Richard) Starkey, Kelsey Kokes, Beka Troutman, Krissie Daughtry, John David Clark, Steven Yates, Emily Yates, Erica Erbert and Julie Erbert.
Roald was a fun-loving, joyous person who loved his Lord, family and life. He graduated from Scottsboro High School in 1984 and the University of Alabama in Huntsville with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He worked at Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant – TVA in Athens for 17 years, and he drove the round trip every day from Scottsboro to Athens to be home at night with his family. He loved Scottsboro, finding it the perfect little town to raise his family. Besides Ro’s love for spending quality time with his family, he had a love for the outdoors, exercise and health. He was always seen around town either biking, running or swimming. He completed an Ironman in Santa Rosa, California in 2003 and many triathlons throughout the rest of his life. His family and friends are bereft – he will be missed.
If you would like to make a donation in honor of Roald, please make it to Lupus Research Alliance. Roald suffered from the autoimmune disease, Lupus for several years and would love to be a part of helping to advance research and help find a cure. Please visit lupusresearch.org