Michael Andrew Richard, 53, of Mercer, formerly of Mexico, Maine was found Jan. 24, 2012 at his residence. He was born on May 29, 1958 in Rumford. He was the beloved only son of Joseph Ivan and Lillian Filiault Richard. Mike attended St. Theresa's grade school and Mexico High School, class of 1976. He studied horticulture and carpentry and received associate's degrees from UMO and SMVTI. He was a member of Iron Workers Local Union #496 for the past 28 years. As an ironworker, Mike worked all over the country from the Boeing 777 plant in Washington State to bridges and windmills in Maine. Mike's love of nature was evident in his passions for gardening, canning, foraging, hiking, camping, hunting and astronomy. He was a very generous man and friends and family often benefited with quarts of his blueberries or bags of fiddleheads. His father, Ivan Richard, and nephew, Jay Lindsay, predeceased Mike. He is survived by his mother, Lillian Richard of Mexico, Maine and his six sisters and their families: Martha Peters of Sanford; Peg Richard of Portland Rob, Zoe and Gabe Lindsay; Barbara Macgregor of Rumford Sandy, Peter and Molly MacGregor; Norma Richard of Raymond; Susan Richard of Mexico Nicholas, Samantha, Angelina and Rosaria Puiia, Rachel and Timothy Swan, Maggie Puiia; and Terry Richard of Dixfield Walt, Sawyer and Sela Smith. His uncle, Omer Richard of Scarborough and many cousins and friends also survive him. He was a treasured son, brother, uncle and friend. He will be sadly missed. A memorial Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, February 4 at 10:00 AM at the Church of the Holy Savior, Rumford, Maine with a reception to follow in the church hall. Mike was an avid reader and lover of books and local history. A donation to your public library in his memory would be a fitting tribute to him. Arrangements are with Gallant Funeral Home, 10 Elm St., Waterville.