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July 16, 2013

Jon Richardson, son of owner Jerry Richardson, passes away

Former Panthers stadium president Jon Richardson has died after a lengthy battle with cancer, a source confirmed to the Observer on Tuesday afternoon.

Richardson, 53, was the oldest son of Carolina Panthers owner/founder Jerry Richardson. He served as the Panthers Stadium LLC President from the team's inception until his resignation in 2009.

Richardson and his brother, Mark, resigned unexpectedly from high-ranking positions with the team in 2009. The brothers remained part of the ownership group, but had kept a low profile with the organization since their resignations.

Jon Richardson had successfully battled cancer while he worked for the Panthers.

He was a three-year letterman and two-year starter at wide receiver at North Carolina. He led the Tar Heels in receptions in 1981. 

He had a tryout in 1982 with the Baltimore Colts, his father's former team.

Richardson, who had undergraduate and MBA degrees from UNC, started A-OK Home Services in Chapel Hill before selling the business after five years and joining the Panthers in 1994.

As president of the stadium, Richardson oversaw several stadium improvement projects, including a $5.5 million renovation of the club level in 2003, the replacement of the playing field in 2004 and the installation of LED boards in 2007.

In June, Jerry Richardson, in addition to donating $10 million for naming rights to UNC Charlotte's football stadium, endowed a scholarship in Jon's name to the university. Jon's son, Johnson, is the tight ends coach for the 49ers.

"That is from my wife and me. He deserves it," Jerry Richardson said at a news conference announcing the naming rights.

Richardson is survived by his wife, Kathleen, and three children, his parents Jerry and Rosalind, brother, Mark, and sister, Ashley.
--Jonathan Jones and Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on July 16, 2013 at 01:34 PM | Permalink

Comments

Prayers to the Richardson family

Posted by: Panther Mike | Jul 16, 2013 2:48:24 PM

+1

Prayers to the Richardson family

Posted by: big gulps | Jul 16, 2013 3:05:28 PM

May your son rest in peace where there is peace. Prayers are with you and your family.

Posted by: Ryan | Jul 16, 2013 5:51:23 PM

I remember Jon as the classy man in tennis shoes. Jon loved people, he loved his family and he loved the Panthers.

I will also always remember walking around the stadium with Jon picking up trash before a game. He wanted things perfect and was not above doing things himself.

Rest in peace Jon and thanks for being an example to look up to.

Posted by: Larry B | Jul 16, 2013 6:22:27 PM

May God's loving arms comfort the Richardson Family during their time of bereavement and to know that to be absent from the physical body is to be ever so present with The Lord. Trust in God and He will help you make it through this challenging time of great loss and sadness. Praying for you always...

Posted by: Willie Mae Parris | Jul 17, 2013 2:57:55 PM

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