The tradition of wood carving as a creative expression has been a strong one in the Richard family for four generations, starting with Wilfred’s father Damase Richard (1852-1922). Damase married Elmire Frenette in 1891, and they had seven children, three of whom became carvers. Wilfred, Alfred and Joseph all carved animals and birds as their father had before them, but only Wilfred sold his work.
In 1919 Wilfred married Marie Darveau, and they lived together in the family home where Wilfred was born. They had fifteen children, but only six survived, and of these six, three have become carvers - Marie Jeanne, Fernand, and Maurice.
Wilfred Richard was born in 1894 and he died in 1996.