Penney Richards
September, 2009

Penney's Online Guestbook
December 02, 2009
Dave'n Penny No words can express our sympathies, PJ was an apple in her Moms & Dads eyes, a wonderful girl, our condolences to Gram Marsha, Kelly, Billy, Ted, Cindy, Grandparents Dave & Flo...Our thoughts and prayers to all..Ruth & Bill Kichton

November 30, 2009
My thoughts and prayers are with you both. PJ will always be the bubbly red head who was always willing to give friendly advice and a smile. She will be missed, and will forever be your angel.
Nicole Howard,
New York City

November 30, 2009
Penny & Dave: We are devistated by the news of PJ's passing. She will always remain in our thoughts, expecially down at the farm in Maine. She was beautiful and the apple of your eye. She gave much of herself in her short time on earth and will be remembered by all who knew her.
Pam &David Poisson,
Farmington, Maine

November 29, 2009
My heart goes out to the both of you and your family. I grew up in NR and its truely a unfair tragedy when one of our classmates dies so young. But in your case especially the words "Only the good die young" make complete sense! And as your license plate said, you will always be "PJs MOM" and DAD. Your family will remain in my thoughts and prayers.
Laura Maloney,
North Reading, Massachusetts

November 27, 2009
Dear Penney and Dave,

Whether it was sitting next to each other for years in band, or playing softball through our younger years, my memories of PJ will always stay in my heart. Such a beautiful, vibrant girl, with so much to offer. God bless your family, and rest in knowing she is your angel up above.
Lauren Van Laethem

November 27, 2009
Dear Penny and Dave,
I couldn't believe my ears when I first heard about the terrible accident, and then, when I heard the names I was stunned. The young man lives in my neighborhood although I really did not know him, Then, I thought that it could not be the same PJ Richards that I remember as such a happy, bouncy little redhead in my pre-school class. Not only do I remember P.J., but I recall how involved and helpful both of you, as parents,were in support of CCP.
All I can do is express my heartfelt sympathy in the loss of your beautiful daughter. You will have precious memories, but that hole in your hearts will take a long time to start closing, even a little.
Although my husband does not know you, he joins me in sending our thoughts and prayers.
In loving memory,
Charlotte Harlan,
Reading, Massachusetts

November 27, 2009
Dear Penney & Dave, we didn't know your daughter nearly long enough! The short time we did know her, she mad a very big impression on us. Sweet, helpful, friendly, kind and full of fun! Her smile and disposition was absolutely wonderful! You are our thoughts and prayers! The Petersen Family (Mike's Aunt, Uncle & Cousins)

November 26, 2009
Penney and Dave. I know you wanted to hear about memories with Penney and how she touched lives. I want to tell you about the night of our car accident. While we up there, there was this guy that i had a crush on and all he was interested in was Penney (how could he not have been) and i got jealous (how could i not lol) Penney being the most amazing person that she is took me outside and told me how beautiful i was and that she had no interest in this punk of a guy. I dont think i could have felt more amazing after talking to her. Then when we got in the accident she stayed by our sides the entire time, never leaving us. With what we went through we became closer and i was so comforted by her presence. She even came by to see us the next day when her herself was sore. I want you both to know you are phenomenal people and you have the most beautiful, caring, and down to earth daughter. Shes going to make all the other angels jealous. Love you Penney lane.
Jo Phillips,
Nashua, New Hampshire

November 25, 2009
WAUKESHA, Wisconsin

November 25, 2009
Penny and Dave,
PJ has touched so many lives, and she will be missed so much. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Penny Olson,
San Jose, California

November 25, 2009
Our deepest condolences to all of you, our thoughts and prayers are with you.
The Deming family
Pattie Deming,
N. Reading, Massachusetts

November 24, 2009
Penney and I started working at MGH about the same time last summer. Being in a new job, its hard to get to know who you will really get to know and like. Penney was someone I knew I would like right away. She was always smiling and helpful and I knew that she really cared about our patients. I am so sorry for your loss and for ours. We will all miss her.
Ellen Belleville,
Lynn, Massachusetts

November 24, 2009
Dave and Penny,
I was deeply saddened to hear of the loss of your daughter. Please know that all of you are in my prayers.
Bruce Donaghey,
Fayetteville, Georgia

November 24, 2009
Rest in Peace my Friend...
David Galpin,
Peabody, Massachusetts

November 24, 2009
I have many memories of PJ, all of them wonderful. My 2nd grade birthday party she had the best outfit on: black and pink striped pants with suspenders. I think there was also some neon green in that mix. I also remember driving in “PJ’s Mom” car and listening to James Taylor songs. A couple of years ago, I saw PJ for the first time since high school. We were both single girls out on the town and it was nice to sit, have a drink, and reconnect. My friends liked her instantly because that was the type of person PJ was. She was confident yet humble, beautiful beyond belief, and someone this world will truly miss. Thoughts and Prayers.
Rachel Sapienza,
North Reading, Massachusetts

November 24, 2009
I am so sorry for your loss. I had the privilege of working with Penney at the MGH Cancer center. She was a wonderful caring person who will be sorely missed by many.
Marsha Rich, North Reading, Massachusetts

November 24, 2009
Mr. and Mrs. Richards,
I want to extend my deepest sympathies and condolences in the loss of Penney. She was a spark in the lives of all who knew her. She was taken too soon and she will be sorely missed by all. I was lucky enough to have known her and I know that anyone who has been touched by having Penney in their lives is saddened by this tragedy. Again I am so very sorry for your loss.
Michelle Davison,
Reading, Massachusetts

November 24, 2009
Words can't express how sorry I am for the loss of Penney. I cannot stop thinking about her and what your family is going through. Take comfort in knowing she is at peace.
Kristyn Marasca,
North Reading, Massachusetts

November 23, 2009
penney may you shine through the clouds and smile down on everyone you will be very muched missed i wish we new you longer keep shining girl...chris price tim,noelle
chris price,
dudley, Massachusetts

November 23, 2009
I'm so sorry for your loss. Penney was truly a sweet, caring and intelligent person. I had many great times and lots of laughter whenever she visited all of her friends at UMass.

Please accept my deepest sympathy.
Kristen Lobdell,
Malden, Massachusetts

November 23, 2009
You didn't deserve this. You are missed terribly by your friends and family. I'm glad the sun came up for you that morning, just as you wanted. We all miss you.

Mark LeGrow,
Stoneham, Massachusetts

November 23, 2009
Those we love remain with us
For love itself lives on,
And cherished memories never fade
Because a loved one's gone.
Those we love can never be
More than a thought apart,
Far as long as there is memory,
They'll live on in the heart.

We met Penny a few years ago, I got to know her better at my son's wedding in California, we met a few more times along the way, she was a joy to know,
as well as remember,
So sorry for your sudden loss.
Jean and Michelle Morrell,
Beverly, Massachusetts

November 23, 2009
Penney and Dave, What an ourpouring of love for Penney Jane at her wake tonight. I hope you find comfort in knowing that she was loved by so many. She would have been so proud of your strength, grace and poise in standing up beside her. I am so glad that she was happy in her new job - even though I missed working with her very much. She will remain in my heart always as one of the finest young ladies I had ever met. With much love.
Susan Balboni ( aussie Sue)
Susan Balboni,

November 23, 2009
Penny, words cannot express my feeling for your loss, you and your husband will be in our prayers. I am sorry not to have had the pleasure of meeting your daughter, from what I have read she sounds like she was a wonderful young woman.
Liz Magnuson-Crump,
Augusta, Massachusetts

November 23, 2009

Bill S. told me about the passing of your daughter. I am so sorry about your loss. I wish you and your family peace.
Linda Wong

November 23, 2009
Dave and Penney.

I am having a hard time composing myself. Although I was unfortunate enough never to have met your daughter, I know she was incredibly special. You are both such loving parents and it is unfathomable that you find yourself in this situation. My heart goes out to you and your families. The only comfort I can find is that she is with both of our dads, Norm and Bruce.

Love and peace,
Sonja Nathan Bradstreet
Sonja Bradstreet,
Middleton, Massachusetts

November 23, 2009
Beautiful PJ ... I will go on knowing that you know how much I loved you. If I had it to do all again ... I would. Your smile will sustain all of us until we can hold you again. Aunty Debra

November 23, 2009
Dear Penny and Dave,
I know PJ was the center of your world and I just learned of her passing this morning. My sincerest sympathies to you and your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
Robin Flynn,
Danvers, Massachusetts

November 23, 2009
Dave and Penny ... Words cannot sooth the pain and anguish of losing someone so suddenly. Please take comfort in the knowledge that all your friends and colleagues at HcPro have you and your extended family in their hearts and prayers. Sincerely, Mike P
Mike Phelan,
Salem, Massachusetts

November 23, 2009
To The Richards Family,
Penny was a very special person always with a smile on her face. She will be missed by the MGH Cancer Center family. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.

kathy Cavallaro (MGH Cancer Center)
Kathy Cavallaro,
Methuen, Massachusetts

November 23, 2009
Dear Penney and Dave: I did not know your beloved "PJ;" but from what I have read, she must have been an awesome young lady. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time.

In Rainbow Love,
Linda (Hendry) Breden
Wakefield Assembly #43
Linda Breden,
Somersworth, New Hampshire

November 23, 2009
I am deeply sorry for your unfathomable loss. Penney was one of the most wonderful people we have ever had the good fortune to know. She was loved and adored and is still. We love and miss her more than there are words to say. Love, Jake Bornstein and Taylor Spear
Watertown, Massachusetts

November 23, 2009
Dave,Penny & Family,my sincer condolences to you on the tragic loss of your daughter.I know how you must feel. My prayers & toughts are with you all.
John Rawcliffe,
Lynnfield, Massachusetts

November 23, 2009
I am deeply sorry for your unfathomable loss. Penney was one of the most wonderful people we have ever had the good fortune to know. She was loved and adored and is still. We love and miss her more than there are words to say. Love Jake Bornstein and Taylor Spear
Watertown, Massachusetts

November 23, 2009
Mr and Mrs Richards,

Please accept my deepest sympathy at the loss of your beautiful daughter.

I had the great privilege to spent the last several weeks working along side Penney. I admired her dedication, her compassion and her
determination to make a difference in the lives of our patients especially because of her Mom and her experience.

All of us were blessed to have had the opportunity to have met her and been the recipient of her kindness, her smiling face, her energy and she will be greatly missed.

November 23, 2009
I don't think there are enough words to express how sad everyone's hearts are for the loss of Penney. She was taken too soon and leaves behind so many friends, memories, and smiles. We will always cherish the times we spent with her and the celebrations we shared. We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Andrea & Scott Robbins,
South Hadley, Massachusetts

November 23, 2009
Dave and Penny,
I am not sure if you remember me, but I was Ed Peek's step-daughter. I heard the news about PJ, and all I could think of was when we were little and Kelli and Matt and I would come over sometimes and we would all play together. I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.
Nicole Pelosi

November 23, 2009
HE called you too soon, but, we must believe there exists a reason for your
latest journey.
A great hole, impossible to fill, has been left in our lives, and the lives of all who knew you. We know you'll find joy with loved ones who have gone before.
And we know that Noble will, again, bask in the glow of our 1983 Penney.
So, until we meet again, all our love.
Nana and Paree

November 23, 2009
Penny and Dave - I have no words, my heart is broken. I wish you strength to bare this, love to keep PJ always in your heart. She was an angel on earth, and an angel she will always be. Jane, Chris, Alyssa
Jane Tamlyn-Hayden,
North Reading, Massachusetts

November 23, 2009
Mr. and Mrs. Richards,

You probably don't remember but I went to camp with your daughter about 14 years ago. I am very sorry for your loss. Penney was a great person and always smiling. I wish you strength and peace. My prayers and thoughts are with you
Lisa Letoureau,
Reading, Massachusetts

November 23, 2009
Dave, Penny, and family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. PJ was a blessing to all who knew her.
The Nobile Family

November 22, 2009
Dear David, Penney and family...Penney was a wonderful person, one of the coolest gals i knew...she was taken from us way too deepest condolances go out to you and your family in this tragic time...she is in a better place now shining her love on us from and your family are in my thoughts and prayers...
Lisa Miller,
Boca Raton, Florida

November 22, 2009
I am so sorry for the loss of your daughter.I know there aren't any words that I can say to ease your pain.I will pray that some how a peace will come over you........I know Charlie will look out for her......Love....Kathy Lentini
Kathy Lentini,
Woburn, Massachusetts

November 22, 2009
Mr & Mrs Richards, Please accept my deepest condolences on the loss of your beautiful daughter. I truly enjoyed working with Penney & will miss her always.You should be very proud of Penney & all she achieved in the short time she worked with us. The patients all loved her & will truly miss her. I cannot even imagine what you must be going through having lost Penney through such a tragic accident. Please know my thoughts & prayers are with you & you family. Rose Watson / Mgh Cancer Center

November 22, 2009
Dear Mr. and Mrs. Richards,

When I met you tonight at Turner's I just did not know what to say to you when you told me about your daughter. I still don't. It is just so tragic. I just want you to know how very sorry I am for your loss. And I wish I had hugged you both. I was just so shocked.I have a daughter your age. Just the other day my daughter and I talked of a friend who had lost her son at 20 years old, and how their lives had forever changed. My daughter said "Mom, don't stop living if God forbid anything ever happens to me. Then my life would have been for nothing." Even having a conversation with your child about something like that seems so surreal. Yet sometimes life is so unfair. Some people do face the unimaginable task of burying their own child. I can not wrap my mind around the magnitude of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your husband. Again I am so very sorry.

Kathleen Powers
Turner's waitress
Melrose Ma.
kathleen powers,
melrose, Massachusetts

November 22, 2009
Dave & Penney, We also are in shock after hearing of this tragedy. We know that words cannot express our true & deepest feelings at these hours of loss & sadness.
But please do accept our sympathies, & know that our thoughts & prayers are with you & PJ at this terrible time.
Ken & Charna Zeller,
Lowell, Massachusetts

November 22, 2009
Dave & Penny
My thoughts and prayers are with you both at your time of sorrow.
Melissa Foote Carlson,
Kane, Pennsylvania

November 22, 2009
Dave & Penny - I'm at a loss for words to say to you. My heart aches for you on the devastating loss of your beloved "PJ". My deepest and heartfelt sympathies go out to you both and the rest of your family.
Karen Auld,
North Chelmsford, Massachusetts

November 22, 2009
We were so happy to have Penney working with us in the radiation department. From her first day, we knew we had found a gift to the Cancer Center. She was always so willing to help and so interested in learning. She truly had a gift and in the short time we worked with her she left a mark in our hearts that will last forever. We extend our sincere sympathy to you.
Lisa Whelan R.N.,
Danvers, Massachusetts

November 22, 2009
Penney was an amazing young women with an amazing soul. Penney was a very caring young women, who cared deeply for everyone around her. Penney was taken much too young and she will remain in our hearts forever.
Stoneham, Massachusetts

November 22, 2009
Penney was a incredibly wonderful addition to the MGH/North Shore Cancer Center, where she was immediately recognized as a most valued care-giver. She never shirked any responsibilities and was most empathetic to her patients. We will sorely miss her and her unlimited and unfulfilled potential. Her family should be very proud of her wonderful contributions in so short a period of time. Her loss is a tragedy which can never be replaced.
Ronald Weinger MD,
Danvers, Massachusetts

November 22, 2009
The words have been taken right out of me. I cannot begin to express what an untimely tragedy PJ's passing is. She was a great friend, so caring, so funny, so full of life. She will never be forgotten to time. I will always miss her. My sincerest condolences to you, Penny and Dave, and to your family. My heart is with you during this sad time.
Ali MacEachern,
North Reading, Massachusetts

November 22, 2009
I am very sorry for your awful loss.I did not know her but from the people who told me of her she was a happy,cheerful,giving,wonerful woman.I know Joe and they were best of friends,Please accept my deepest sympathies.
Theresa Smith,
Stoneham, Massachusetts

November 22, 2009
Ed and I are heartbroken to learn of your loss. Words are inadequate. Please know that we are thinking of all of you with love, prayer and sympathy.
Nina and Ed Coletta,
East Boston, Massachusetts

November 22, 2009
I just really got to know Penney this year, and what a wonderful and vibrant young lady was...Please know your family is in our prayers.
The Harnums

November 22, 2009
Please accept our deepest sympathies.
Angela & Bill Breslin,
Wilmington, Massachusetts

November 22, 2009
Dave & Penny,

There are no possible words of comfort that I could possibly write to you at this time because "Webster" hasn't yet written them. I share your pain, your tears and your heartache for PJ. I wish I could just make it all go away for the both of you. You are in my every thought and prayer. And Penny -- the "sun will shine" again -- one day.
Louise Doucette-Johnson,
Bealeton, Virginia

November 22, 2009
PJ touched all of our lives. I was and am so proud of her. When she chose a medical career I could not have been more prouder if she were my own daughter. I wish I told you more often. Auntie Cindy will always love you.

November 22, 2009
Words cannot express our sympathies to your family and to all of those who knew and loved PJ. Such a tragic loss of a remarkable young woman cannot be comprehended. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you during this extremely difficult time.
The Persson's,
Wilmington, Massachusetts

November 22, 2009
David and Penny - I remember your beautiful daughter from the Masquers Club when she was in high school. My deepest sympathies for your great loss.
Corrine Castrini

November 22, 2009
We never met, but I knew you through your Mom.
Sleep young Lady and peace attend thee.
The Scappace Family,
Greenfield, Massachusetts

November 22, 2009

My heart is breaking...sending many hugs and prayers to all of you. PJ was such a shining star, and the entire world will never be the same for her loss. May God hold you in his arms and comfort you. Much love, Carol (Nitchie) McGee
Carol McGee,
Westminster, Massachusetts

November 22, 2009
Dear Dave & Penney,

There is no bond as strong and deep as that between a parent and child. Your loss is utterly devastating and beyond any words I can express. Please accept my deepest sympathies to you and your loved ones.
Mary Marshall,
Uncasville, Connecticut


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