ALBANY – Evan Leighton Richards, 86, died Sunday, January 25, 2015. Born in Schenectady, he was a graduate of Nott Terrace High School and Union College, and was an Army veteran. Evan was a reporter, feature writer and columnist for The Knickerbocker News and a legislative correspondent. He later was employed by several New York State agencies, retiring from the Public Service Commission.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy Singleton Richards, daughter and son-in-law, Polly and Patrick Grande, and granddaughter, Claire Grande.
Services will be private with burial in Saratoga National Cemetery. If desired, contributions may be made to Make-A-Wish Northeast NY, 3 Washington Square, Albany, NY 12205. To leave a message of condolence for the family, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.
I wanted to say a few words about a wonderful man. I worked with Evan for about 15 years at the PSC. Over the years, I got to know Evan as a really funny man. He always looked so stoic but would throw a zinger in from time to time that would just take you by surprise and make your day. In talking with Evan about my years at the PSC, we discussed another PSC employee that I had worked with that had passed away, Harold Singleton. Both men were cut from the same cloth – loyal, friendly, wonderful people to know. Evan will be missed but always in our hearts and minds.