Radio show host leaves a legacy of support and expertise
TOMS RIVER – If you had a question about your IRA, your investment, or just wanted financial insight into the future, Jeanne Richards was just a phone call away on Saturday morning.
She was well known as a radio show host, but unfortunately her voice was silenced. She passed away earlier today.
Richards leaves behind a legacy of great advice and helping people across Ocean County and beyond. In 1977, she founded Toms River-based EPA Financial Services Corp with her husband Bob Richards.
Many people got to know her and her husband by listening to âManage Your Money,â a radio show where the public was invited to call to comment and ask questions on financial matters. The show aired Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on WOBM-AM 1160 and 1310 and on 104.1FM.
The Richards discussed a variety of financial topics, such as current economic conditions and events, and upcoming market changes. Jeanne explained what the radio show was all about. She once said, âWe take callers and answer questions. Most of the time, we emphasize community service not necessarily what we do.
“We will have guests like senior services, representatives from Medicare, the prosecutor’s office, the mayor, some writers, anything that would help the older person in different areas of his life,” she said. stated in a previous interview with JerseyShoreOnline.com.
Besides being the voice and heart of the radio show for over 28 years, she was married to the love of her life, Bob Richards, for almost 55 years. Jeanne was very proud of it.
Their daughter Heather Richards Barone is with the company as a consultant and she currently runs the business her parents developed. She noted that for over 48 years her mother had been “my greatest cheerleader, my greatest supporter and the person who made me the strong and determined woman and mother that I am today.” “.
âWith my father and I by her side, this morning Jeanne Waldron Richards went from our greatest supporter and source of love and laughter here on earth to our angel in Heaven,â Barone said during the announcement.
She added that her mother adored all of their radio customers and listeners. “We also wanted you to know how much we both appreciate the support you have shown our family over the past few weeks and days.”
Bridget Clark Maillard, who worked with her at the EPA, said JerseyShoreOnline.com that Jeanne âhad a very interesting life. She was a very, very loving woman, so it’s so sad to see her go by.
Many local residents took to social media to say their greetings.
“She was a wonderful and gracious woman, rest in peace,” said Toms River Mayor Maurice “Mo” Hill.
Rod Myers was among many who posted on the EPA’s social media page saying, âI really liked Jeanne as a professional and friend of the financial industry. Her smile and her beautiful spirit will be missed.
âShe was a beautiful and charming woman,â said Darlene Maillard.
Peggy Ferraccio added: “She was a special woman who will be missed.”
Teresa Hetzel said: “I know everyone will miss this one-person gem.”
âYour mother had a gentle soul and a good heart. She will be sorely missed, âsaid James Cino.
EPA Financial Services is one of the oldest financial services companies in Ocean County. Together they have developed a distinct style of financial services which has created a family atmosphere in their office. The Richards family organize group trips and host an annual guest house party as part of this philosophy.
From the Silverton Memorial Funeral Home obituary:
Born in Bound Brook, New Jersey. Jean was a graduate of Ameritt College in Danville, Virginia. She worked and was a co-owner of EPA Financial Services, Corp. in Toms River for 44 years. She also co-hosted “Managing Your Money” on Beach Radio WOBM 1160 AM, 1310 AM and 104.1 FM for 27 years.
Additionally, Jean volunteered at the Ocean County Juvenile Detention Center where she created: a Therapy Dog Program for 18 years, the NJ Tournament of Champions for the Learning Disabled and The Brandon Blair Trust. In addition, she taught swimming for 30 years. Jean loved dogs, kids, and travel, especially in Aruba and worked at War Room in Korea in 1967. She could light up a room and make you feel special.
The survivors are her husband Robert Richards Sr .; her daughter Heather Richards Barone and her husband Anthony; his son Robert Richards Jr. and his daughter-in-law Hilary Nizamoff; 3 grandchildren Michael Robert Barone, Thomas Robert Richards and Anthony James Barone; sisters Bonnie Shields, Betsy Mascaro and Barbara Ur.
Visitations will be held on Saturday, September 18 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Silverton Memorial Funeral Home, 2482 Church Rd., Toms River. The cremation will be private.