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Charley Richardson, 60, of Jamaica Plain; union activist cofounded Military Families Speak Out

Mr. Richardson helped Military Families Speak Out to litigate against the Bush administration.
Mr. Richardson helped Military Families Speak Out to litigate against the Bush administration.

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When his son was deployed to the Persian Gulf in 2002, Charley Richardson was terrified he would be killed in what Mr. Richardson believed was an unjust war about to unfold in Iraq.

“My Son is a Marine. Don’t Send Him to War for Oil,” said a homemade sign, bearing a photo of his son Joe, which Mr. Richardson and his wife, Nancy Lessin, took to antiwar protests that fall.

A former shipfitter at the Fore River Shipyard in Quincy and a longtime labor union activist, Mr. Richardson created a rudimentary website and cofounded Military Families Speak Out, an organization that mushroomed to include more than 4,000 families, along with chapters in 18 states.

Mr. Richardson, a resident of Jamaica Plain, died May 4. He was 60.

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