Jon Richardson, son of Panthers owner, dies

Jon Richardson, the son of Panthers owner Jerry Richardson, has passed away after a long battle with cancer. He was 53 years old.

Jon Richardson was the president of the Panthers Stadium LLC, handling the building and grounds during the team’s early years, while his brother Mark worked more closely with the football side. Both sons were fired by their father in 2009, after Jerry Richardson’s heart transplant surgery.

Those who were closest to Jon Richardson marveled at his common touch, and ability to connect with stadium workers from the top to the bottom. When the team eliminated playoff bonuses for team employees during a cost-cutting binge in 2008, he went around to each of his employees (the plumbers, the electricians, the security guards), passing out cash from his pocket and apologizing that he couldn’t do more. It was the kind of genuine gesture he’ll be remembered for.

A former wide receiver at North Carolina, he built his own successful business before joining his father in the mid-1990s. He left behind a wife and three children.

Our deepest condolences go out to the Richardson family.

23 responses to “Jon Richardson, son of Panthers owner, dies

  1. This is really sad. He sounds like an awesome guy. It also shows what kind of piece of $hit his father is.

  2. How very sad. My prayers are with his family and loved ones. Thank you for sharing that gesture as it gives some insight to the man. It’s much better than just a name.

  3. RIP. Passing around cash to your employees during a recession is the anti-Glazer. These kinds of guys are my heros and have true knowledge of the real world and how to operate a hot dog stand.

  4. @hewitt52
    “It also shows what kind of piece of $hit his father is.”

    Wow…you literally know nothing.If you did, you’d know that his two sons were squabbling to the detriment of the business and Franchise and that led to both of their forced departures.

  5. “Both sons were fired by their father in 2009, after Jerry Richardson’s heart transplant surgery.”

    Who’s heart did he get? Darth Vader?

  6. “Wow…you literally know nothing.If you did, you’d know that his two sons were squabbling to the detriment of the business and Franchise and that led to both of their forced departures.”

    I’m sure that’s what was leaked by dad and the Panthers, but this man who gives out of his own pocket doesn’t sound like a detriment to ANYTHING.

  7. I worked with Jon for 5 years in the early days of the Panthers and found him to be always funny and personable.

    I will always remember watching him with the clean-up crews helping empty trash cans during the actual football games. You can guarantee you wont see that from many NFL owners family members.

    RIP Jon……

  8. Very sad. Honestly people. His Dad may be a jerk, but today his heart is prob broken. Some of you should look in the mirror before you throw stones. Today a Son, Husband, and Father died. We all should show some respect towards the family and let them grieve. I don’t know any of the Richardsons personally, doubt any of you do either. But my heart goes out to them.

  9. how can so many people thumbs down condolence comments. Grow up and realize that 3 kids lost their father today. Condolences to the entire family.

  10. Horrible for his children, and family.

    I can’t believe the number of thumbs down … I guess we in America really are who the rest of the world think we are. Very sad.

  11. I have known this man for my entire live, we lived a couple of houses apart and our families have always been very close. I grew up with his children always playing with them. I have seen first hand what a great man he is and I loved getting to grow up around him and be around him as an adult. He is truly amazing and while he will be missed I am glad that he will not have to fight anymore after all that he has been through, he put up a great fight. My prayers are with this family. RIP

  12. I recall seeing him at Panther games dressed in jeans, talking to the common folk. He was real.
    Godspeed, Jon, and prayers to his family.

  13. I knew Jon from college, I was in his suite freshman year at Carolina, and he was truly a genuine and down to earth person who was very nice to everyone. You would never have know his family was so wealthy as he treated everyone with class and dignity. Any father would be proud to have Jon as a son and I am sure he was a great father as well. My thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family.

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