Richard Phillip Hudson, Jr
July 7, 1969 ~ December 12, 2020
Those who knew Richie, even just a little, lost a shining light in their lives. Richie will be remembered by his beautiful smile, and most contagious laugh.
With deepest sorrow, we announce that Richard P. Hudson, Jr. (aka; Rich, Richie, Lil’ Rich), Age 51, of Metlakatla, Alaska our beloved son, brother, Dad, family member and friend lost his 6-year battle to cancer on Saturday, December 12, 2020 in Metlakatla, Alaska. Richie was born July 7, 1969 at Ketchikan General Hospital, the son of Marsha A. Bousley and Richard P. Hudson Sr.
Richie lived in Metlakatla until 1978, when his family moved to Washington State. Although Richie started elementary school (Kindergarten and First Grade) in Metlakatla he finished the rest of his schooling in Seattle (Ballard), Washington. He attended Adams Elementary, Marcus Whitman Middle School and Graduated from Ballard High School with the class of 1988.
Fishing played an important role in Richie’s life, from the time Richie was a toddler (age 3) he fished with his dad. During his childhood, the family would move back to Metlakatla, Alaska during the summer months so Richie and his brother Kevin could Gillnet fish with their father. As the boys grew older, in the winter months, Richie and his brother Kevin took up an interest in cars; painting and working on car engines. Richie was very detail oriented and mechanically inclined.
Richie began working from the young age of 16, he had an excellent work ethic. He worked on the airplane dock in Metlakatla during the summer for his Uncle, Jerry Scudero, who owned Taquan Air Service. While working for his uncle he was able to put his highly detailed talents to good use and painted some of the airplanes for his Uncle Jerry. It seemed as though there wasn’t anything Richie could not do. He was meticulous at whatever he sought out to work on.
During High School (Seattle, WA) he worked at CarFi installing Stereo’s in vehicles. After graduation, as time went on, Richie was very well known as the “Fiberglass Man”. He learned his trade from working for Delta Marine in Seattle. Richie fiberglassed and rebuilt numerous boats; Rambo, Monica Ann, Lady Lisa, Cynthia Lynn, Lady Aliyah, Prime Time to name a few. Richie helped his brother Kevin rebuild the F/V Reel Hunter. He bought the Tellie Ann, fiberglassed it, repowered and painted it with his favorite color Turquoise Blue. He renamed this boat the “Marsha Ann” after his mom. He sold this boat 10 years ago.
As an adult, Richie and his brother Kevin enjoyed the camaraderie and participation in the Annual Ketchikan Kruzer’s Drag Racing Event held during the Metlakatla Founders Day Celebration on August 7th in Metlakatla. The excitement of talking with the car owners (local and from Ketchikan) about their vehicles, having the ability to race a car he and his brother Kevin rebuilt and the ability to drive loud and fast brought much joy to Richie and through this annual gathering he made numerous lifelong friends.
Richie’s passion was working on any of the boats that needed work. His shop was the “gathering place” for most of the Metlakatla Fishermen. Richie was a hard worker; he was a great teacher and excellent at his craft, he was not afraid to show fellow fishermen how to work on their boats. There was always someone at his shop to talk with, he had many friends, and he was happy to help anyone.
In early 2020 Richie moved his family to Ketchikan to work for Sportsman’s Cove Lodge (owner’s Larry and Patty McQuarrie.) He was hired to fiberglass the company boats. He worked for Larry and Patty periodically throughout his career, however this would be Richie’s final job, he worked for Sportsman’s Cove Lodge until spring of 2020.
Richie will be missed everyday by his family. He leaves behind, wife Melba, his two daughters; Desiree and Evelyn Hudson, his Mother, Marsha (Bill) Bousley, his Father, Richard P. (Cindy) Hudson, Sr., Brothers; Kevin Jerry (Jennifer L) Hudson, Jared (Erin) Johnson, Will Bousley, Jr., Devin (Kyonia) Hudson, Blake (Shannon) Bousley. Sisters; Trisha Bousley and Richelle (Robert) Duncan. Numerous Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, Nieces, Nephews and many, many great friends.
He is preceded in death by Maternal Grandmother; Bonnie Scudero, Paternal Grandmother; Lillian Hudson, Nephew; Justin D. Hudson, Stepbrother; Darrell Johnson, Cousins; Anthony Hudson and Jocko Scudero, Jaime Scudero and Mary Scudero.
Not a day goes by that Richie isn’t thought of. He had a “beautiful” smile and contagious laugh which will be terribly missed. Writing an Obituary for your child is the most heartbreaking aspect of losing your child, those precious moments we will never get back. Rest in Peace, Son, till we meet again, ~~ May God Bless, we will always Love you.
A “Celebration of Life” will be planned at a later date (due to Covid) this summer in Metlakatla, Alaska.