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Ralph Wakefield Richmond




Ralph Wakefield Richmond, 67, passed away peacefully on October 21st, 2020 at his home in Williamsport, MD.

Ralph was born on August 28, 1953 in Brooklyn, New York.  When he was young, he moved with his parents and six siblings to Strasburg, VA where he grew up.  He attended Strasburg High School, Class of 1971, after which he attended James Madison University, Class of 1975.  At both SHS and JMU, he played basketball and made many lifelong friends.  

Working in the trucking industry, Ralph moved to the Hagerstown, MD area in 1981 with his wife and two young daughters where he would stay for the next 40 years.  Ralph founded, owned and operated USA Cartage Trucking for over 30 years.  He also worked for Titan Transfer Inc.   He served as Chairman of the Maryland Motor Truck Association (MMTA) between 2001-2002 and was named the MMTA's 2007 Person of the Year. 

Ralph was a beloved father, brother, friend and colleague.  Ralph loved being outdoors. He spent countless hours hiking around Blair’s Valley Lake with his grandpups, fishing and kayaking on the Potomac River, and camping in Green Ridge State Forest. Beyond these favorite local spots, Ralph loved visiting National Parks and was particularly fond of Grand Teton in Wyoming and Acadia in Maine. Ralph’s love of the outdoors also extended to sports, specifically running and softball.  He was also a history buff, content to spend rainy days watching Civil War documentaries and sunny days attending various reenactments, including the annual Civil War reenactment held at Gettysburg every July. 

He was preceded in death by his parents Ralph Wakefield Sr. and Margaret Ericksen Richmond and siblings Jean and Marilyn Richmond. He is survived by daughters Janet and Amy; son-in-law Jeff Pearlman; grandsons Noah and Will; his friend and former wife Sharon Richmond; friend Deb Truban; siblings Eric, Barbara, and John Richmond and Betty Fragoso and their families; and grandpups Corby and Harper.

A family memorial service will be held over Thanksgiving weekend at Riverview Cemetery in Strasburg, VA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the National Parks Conservation Association at

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home 1331 Eastern Blvd. North, Hagerstown, MD.

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Guest Book

The gifts of each day are ever so precious, reinforced when our beloved are suddenly gone. May your love for and memories of Ralph embrace you for all days to come. Love always, Pat

Pat Quigley
St. Petersburg, Florida

To a man that gave me my inspiration to become a truck driver and he took a chance on me when he started his first company at USA Cartage and hired me as his first truck driver . Over the next 11 years he became more than a boss he was my friend. You will be greatly missed thoughts and prayers to the family. Vaughn Shives and family.

Vaughn Shives
Mercersburg , Pa

Please accept my deepest condolences for your loss. Ralph was a sweet, caring gentleman who will be missed by so many. Keeping your family in my prayers.

Donna McInturff
Strasburg, VA

ralph wasca good person aleays willing to help or just. Sit aroubd talking i didnt know him for very long . My thoughts and prayers are with the family

Shaun Kilpatrick
culpeper, va

I would like to extend my deepest condolences to Mr. Richmond’s family. Ralph was a great man. He taught me a lot and I always enjoyed our conversations. When I think of people particular words always comes to mind. When I think of Ralph, the word fair is what comes to my mind. He was fair and reasonable with everyone he encountered. Rest easy Ralph, you will definitely be missed my friend!

Joel Jordan
Hsgerstown , Maryland

I worked for Ralph at USA CARTAGE right out of high school I worked for him for about 10 years he was a great boss. This was a shock to hear he will be missed by many.

Michelle Banks
mercersburg, PA - Pennsylvania

I am so sorry to hear of Ralph's passing. My deepest sympathy goes out to both family and longtime co-workers. He will be missed for that reassuring smile and dedication to his industry. Ralph took and chance on me once; and changed my life forever. I know I am just one of many people who can say that. Rest in peace Ralph. You made the world a better place for many in your lifetime.

Tricia Harnish
Falling Waters, WV

To Ralph's family . Sorry for your loss. USA CARTAGE TRUCKING was one of my first trucking jobs.

Norma Ebersole
Hagerstown, MD

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