Richard “Zurd” James Thurman, Sr.

Richard “Zurd” James Thurman, Sr.

Many a family member and friend would turn to him at the darkest times of their lives. Richard knew how to listen and patiently give some love and advice: his compassion, caring and understanding were legendary. Richard knew the Lord and spread the Good News to all who would listen; a lifelong member of St. Peter’s Church in Riverside. Like most of us he suffered with the Eagles, Phillies and Sixers, but he had a lifelong love of competition: from poker, where he knew you were flushing, to horseshoes, where he threw many a ringer, Richard played to win. And he was a huge classic rock guy: everything from Jethro Tull to Zappa. His air guitar would light up a room even down to his humorous facial expressions. He took his work seriously putting in many years with various companies including US Pipe & Foundry Company, Rimtec Corp, and Artistic Pools Corp. But most of all he was a husband and dad.

He’d met a girl named Roxann, offering her a ride at Spring Garden Park. Their 36 year marriage was blessed with two children, Jennifer and Richard Jr. Richard is survived by his mother, Helen, his brothers, Bill (“Nate”) and Kevin (“Sweat”) and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his father William Thurman Sr., and his brothers Johnny (“Gibbs”), Robert (“Bulb”), and Mark (“Breath”).

Come celebrate 61 great years Tuesday 8-10 a.m. at Sweeney Funeral Home, Riverside. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:30 a.m. at St. Peter’s Church, Riverside. Interment St. Peter’s Cemetery, Riverside. In lieu of flowers, tell a family member or friend that you love them, hear them when they speak, and remain by their side to help them see the light through the darkness. Donations to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline are also encouraged.

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