Havens died back in April. This happened this past Sunday.
From Monday’s Times Herald-Record:
Richie Havens returned to Woodstock Sunday to make it his final resting place.
The music legend died in April at age 72. His ashes were scattered from a plane as it flew over the field where he galvanized a crowd of 450,000 at the Woodstock festival almost exactly 44 years ago — on Aug. 15, 1969. The site is now the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, where Havens also performed.
His family explained it was their decision to honor him this way. About 30 family members attended the event, which drew more than a thousand fans, as well as friends, including stars from the music and film industries.
"I feel he was most happy on this stage (Woodstock) out of all the places he performed in his life, so we felt this is the place he wanted to be forever," said his daughter, Dhalia Havens of Beacon.
She said the family made it a public event because her gentle, soft-spoken father felt he owed everything to his fans. He was always happy to sign autographs and always willing to pull out his guitar and play in response to a song request from a fan — even when he just stopped by to visit the festival site.
Read all of Pauline Liu’s story, Richie Havens, Woodstock’s first act, returns for finale, at the Times Herald-Record.