Redden, Richard T. Sr., - of St. Petersburg, formally of the Villas NJ passed away on May 22, 2018, in the loving arms of his wife Julie, at the Suncoast Hospice House. Born in Phila. Pa on March 13, 1939 to Clifford Earl and Naomi (Leech) Redden, splitting his childhood days between the Villas N.J. and Yeadon, PA before moving full time as a teenager in the 50's to the Villas, attending Cape May High but never graduating instead talking his mother into signing him into the U.S.M.C. at the tender age of 17 and still wearing braces on his teeth, on his first deployment he couldn't leave the ship as he wasn't 18 yet. In the Marines he saw the world, went in a boy and came out a man. When he got out of the Marines 4 years later he worked for a few car dealerships in the Phila area honing his skills as a mechanic and specializing in transmissions. Opening his first transmission shop in Phila, Pa in the 60's then relocating it to Erma, NJ in the 70's, closing his shop in the 90's to work for Cape May County Fare Free till retiring. Moving to Florida in 2007. In Rich's younger days he had quite the reputation as a rowdy kinda guy a Jesse James if you will, had a heart of gold but a fist of steel. Then in Feb of 1998 Rich became a saved man on a Tabernacle United Methodist Church Retreat. Rich's transmission shop used to be right next to Pastor Taylor's parsonage and Pastor Taylor had witnessed Rich and his gang drinking beer and shooting off their guns in the woods behind his shop on many occasion to becoming a saved man!! Pastor Taylor would often marvel at that...God is Good!! From that day on he was a changed man, playing James the disciple in the Passion Play at Easter. Rich was a loyal man whether you knew him in his rowdy days or in his spiritual days the same could be said about him..he was a dependable friend...if you needed a car towed or something worked on or just a helping hand you could count on him. Rich also was not an idle man, from motorcycle riding to kayaking he liked to keep busy often saying "Lets do something even if its wrong." living life right up till the end. He will be missed by all who knew him and all who didn't. Survived by his wife M.Julie (Shackleton)Redden: children: Ricky, Michael, Clifford (Janet), Gale, Sarah, Jennah (Will): 13 grandbabies and one due in August: 6 great-grandbabies. Predeceased by his parents Clifford Earl and Naomi (Leech )Redden; brother David and son Richard T. Redden Rich was a member of the Villas VFW, U.S.M.V.M.C., Cape May Point Sunset Club. No services per his request

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