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The team at LEID Products has lost a great visionary, mentor and friend. Our colleague, who served his country with honor and lived his life with passion, enthusiasm and grace, lost his battle with cancer last month. In this month's issue of the LEIDing Edge Newsletter our feature article is not about business, instead, we are taking this opportunity to honor John 'Skip' Richardson's memory and celebrate his life.

With business associates that became lifetime friends, both here and around the world, Skip made an impact on many. He will be deeply missed. We think you will find Skip's story to be both interesting and inspirational.

Thank you for your interest in LEID Products!


Best regards,


Georgia H. Whalen
Director of Marketing
LEID Products, LLC
Direct: (978)697-2664
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Skip Richardson - A Life Well Lived 

Skip Richardson It is with deep sadness and heavy hearts that we announced the death of one of our colleagues, Skip Richardson, on April 25, 2013. Skip was a visionary, mentor, and great contributor to our team at LEID Products. Skip will be greatly missed by LEID's team not only for his professional contributions, but also for his commitment, friendship, zest for life and giving spirit. In this issue of the LEIDing Edge Newsletter we are honoring his memory and celebrating his life. We think you will find his life both inspirational and interesting.

First and foremost, Skip was a family man. It was clear to all of us at LEID that Skip cherished his family. On June 22nd of last year he celebrated his 38th wedding Skip and Kathleen anniversary with his wife Kathleen. He emailed our team that day to share how happy he was to have Kathleen - he even included a wedding picture! In addition to being a loving husband to his wife, Skip was very proud to have his legacy be survived by his two sons, Brent and Blake (along with Blake's wife Brittan).

After recovering from a stroke in August, Skip was diagnosed with cancer in November 2012. It can be said with confidence; Skip never gave up sharing the joy of his life and laughter with those around him. Four months after the cancer diagnosis, Skip was still dancing alongside Kathleen at his son's wedding. He was so proud and thankful to be able to attend Blake and Brittan's wedding this past March. As Kathleen shared with us, he made a deep impact on the lives of their sons, and his presence will be greatly missed. It was not unusual for him to speak to his sons multiple times a day.  His relationship was very close with each of them.

Skip and Family A week prior to his passing, Skip was still diligently pursuing new LEID business initiatives in Washington D.C. and he even piloted his last flight amongst friends. For the team at LEID, the way Skip embraced his work with such drive and passion, even with the health issues he was facing, was nothing short of extraordinary - we were all in awe of his resolve. 

We also enjoyed the stories Skip would share with us which would make us stop and think about the deeper meaning of life in general. In Skip's own words, he shared with us, "I am a rich man beyond my wildest dreams.  I have come to appreciate it's not the stuff you have amassed in life that really determines your success, but the footsteps you leave behind... That's my two cents worth on the true meaning of life." We shared one of Skip's stories in a LEID Facebook post on April 25th it really shows the type of positive effect he had on the lives of those he touched.

Skip the Pilot S
kip accomplished much in his life. Born in 1953 in New York, Skip's family moved to California when he was just three. In his early years Skip had a passion for baseball; he was the prized batter who helped his high school team win the championship. He even earned a college scholarship to the University of Southern California to play; however, he decided to forgo the scholarship. With the Vietnam War in full swing, he proudly decided to serve his country by joining the United States Air Force (USAF). This was no surprise to those who knew Skip well; he was a natural born aviator, soaring through his first solo cross country flight at the age of 18. Two of his four years in the USAF included active combat as part of a select top-secret squadron conducting secret strategic reconnaissance missions which involved being dropped into the jungle in Vietnam to recover what was, at the time, top-secret drones that went down in warfare. Given the Skips Plane danger of these missions, he was one of just two who survived in their small squadron to return home. Skip courageously served our country earning the Air Force Medal of Commendation which is presented for sustained acts of heroism and valorous actions in direct contact with an enemy.    


About LEID Products 

Law Enforcement Intelligent Devices (LEID), LLC is the leader in electronic locker and cabinet storage with biometric asset protection and control. Originally founded to assist police departments in securing guns, weapons, radios, etc. through an electronic tracking and fingerprinting system, LEID products are also utilized to track books within a library system, medical supplies, laptops and even business documents to selected personnel. Their Biometric Access Control Systems (BACS™) streamlines operations and provides full accountability for critical business assets. For more information and demonstrations of our products, visit www.leidproducts.com.