It is with deep sadness that we have to announce the loss of our beloved Nicolette Richardson.
Nicolette was taken ill suddenly and was found to have an aggressive brain tumour. She had an operation to remove the tumour but due to other complications she sadly passed away late on Monday 30th November.
Nicolette was a truly amazing and inspirational person, who had an overwhelming passion for supporting those in need. Whether it be dropping everything to have a quick chat with a friend to supporting someone to follow their dreams, she would give anyone and everyone her time and attention.
Anyone that knew Nicolette will share the immense feeling of warmth and love that she extended and we are all privileged to have known her.
Nicolette was an elegant and wonderful partner, mother, daughter, sister and friend to so many and she will leave beautiful memories in all our hearts.
The funeral was held on Friday 18th December at Mortlake Crematorium, with a hearse procession around Richmond Green.
Due to the Covid restrictions, attendance at the service was by private invitation only but you can watch a film of the service below. A larger memorial event will be planned for 2021. Please feel welcome to leave a personal tribute.
Recently, Nicolette became aware of the important work that Buses 4 Homeless undertake to transform the lives of homeless and vulnerable people, and has worked with the founder to try and help the local homeless in Richmond.
In her memory, we would love to be able to raise enough money to be able to cover the cost of putting someone through the 3 month programme and are aiming to raise £3000.
In lieu of floral tributes we therefore invite you to donate to a cause close to Nicolette’s heart.
I was shocked to hear the news of Nicolette’s demise. She was a wonderful person with a really warm personality. She loved her family a lot and was fantastic at her job. She was my go to osteopath and I will miss her a lot. I pray God grants her family the strength to bear her loss.
I think Nicolette at some stage or another looked after our entire family. Every time we recommended her to somebody else they would always ring us afterwards to say a) what a fantastic job she had done, but also b) how wonderfully caring and personable she was.
You will be tremendously missed Nicolette – you’re leaving us all far too soon.
Our heartfelt condolences.
I am so terribly sad to hear of the passing of Nicolette. She treated me twice in the last couple of months and I found her warmth and friendliness such a comfort. She was incredibly talented at her job and I always left feeling so much better after her treatment. Sending so much love to her husband, daughter, family and friends at this incredibly difficult time.
I have had the privilege to spend many wonderful holiday’s in South Africa and in London with Nicolette, Austen and a Princess Isabella. Nicolette you were always such a kind, generous and fun loving special lady. We will miss your yearly visits to South Africa with your beautiful little family. I will miss getting all your WhatsApp messages, weekly calls with your dad. Our hearts have been shattered into a million pieces. We love you so much and you will live forever in our hearts.
All my love, Colleen Teklenburg – (South Africa)
I met Nikki for the first time as a patient in Feb this year and while explaining my problems and pain, I couldn’t hold back my tears. I was a stranger and a new patient to her yet she hugged me with so much warmth that my tears stopped and I knew in my heart that she will make me better with the immense warmth and love she had in her heart.
I shed my tears again today but unfortunately this time it is because that warm hug is lost forever!
God bless you Nikki for all that you did to make me and so many others better. I’m sorry that you had to go away so quickly but we will meet again to talk about everything under the sun! My love and prayers for your kind and loving soul and for courage for your family.
Beautiful lady and will be missed not only In bearcats community but by everyone!! May the angels look after you now Nicolette
when I think of you i don’t feel sadness
I feel blessed
when I think of you i don’t feel sorrow
I feel loved
when I think of you i don’t feel down
I feel inspired
Because to have known you is to be blessed
To have been close to you is to be loved
To have talked with you is to be inspired
Although your time with us was short I thank you
For giving us all of you and always being true
For never settling for second best
For always sharing your aspirations
You will live on forever in all our hearts
You will continue to shine in all our memories
You will always influence us with your graceful spirit
Sleep in peace our beautiful angel.
I miss you and it pains me that I never got the chance to say goodbye, to give you a hug and tell you how much you meant to me as a friend.
We met as strangers, almost a decade ago, but I feel honoured to say you became my friend. From sore muscles to broken hearts you helped me through it all. You were one of the most kind and compassionate people I knew and always went out of your way to help other people even if it was at your inconvenience.
It was because of you I could walk down the aisle in ridiculous heals, sand board in the Atacama desert 10 days after doing my back in and get through 2 pregnancies without being bed bound. You literally had magic hands. We often laughed when I said that! I also feel blessed to have shared motherhood with you. You were an amazing mother and partner. We will always be here to remind them how much you loved them.
I will miss bringing you little treats on our Sunday sessions and sharing a laugh or photo of the kids. I will find a way to celebrate these memories of you in a way you would approve. Rest in peace gorgeous lady. Till we meet again thank you for being such a huge part of my life xx
Weirdly I wanted to take a picture at our recent lunch but thought it was the first of many so enjoyed the moment. I found this one which I think is beautiful and reflects your beauty and warmth.
I only got to know nicolette for a short time as my osteopath but in that time i got to know a very professional and knowledagable practitioner but equally important a warm and kind human being. I was so shocked to hear of her sudden death and i am sending my love and sympathies to those that loved and knew Nioclette. From learning more about Nicolette and her passions i am helped by the fact that her loved ones will carry forward her legacies so that her important conributions continue. Nicolette made such a wonderful impact during the time she was with us.
All my love asha xx
My lovely friend, I will miss you so much. And I will always remember you with a beautiful smile.
Our memories, our laughing, our teas by the river, thank God I met you 14 year ago, what a wonderful person you are. I feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to meet you. Rest in peace my dear, may God bless you and be with you.
Lots of love
My beautiful Nikki. You brought so much happiness into our lives. I loved you as one of my daughters. We disagreed on things. But you always came back and said mum I love you . I remember the day I said you were like a telly tubby. And you got upset. I then explained it’s because you are so lovable.
And cute. You then laughed that beautiful laugh.
You always helped me when I did care work and said how proud you were of me. The last time we spoke we said we would meet up before I left. That never happened as I did not know you were sick. You were a proud person. My nikki I love and miss you.
And was privileged knowing you.
My angel I will never forget you.
Lots of love your other mum
A dazzling soul
Shiny, immaculate, untainted
Her softly powerful voice
carries messages of encouragement
Her positivity, unyielding
Her determination, unwavering
Her elegance, sublime
Our ears will forever miss her advice
Our eyes will forever miss her smile
Our hands will forever miss her guidance
But our hearts will forever have her love and warmth
The light of her candle
Passes to another candle
Goodbye Nicky bug until we meet again xxx
Natalie & Paul Gygi
I am so saddened at the loss of Nicky. I’ve been seeing her for maybe 8 years and sometimes I want to go to the osteopath just to chat with her for her warmth and friendliness and inspiration. She is such a light and I will miss her greatly. Her loss must be tremendous for those closest to her and I wish them comfort in this tragic time.
My dear Nicky,
I was thinking about you last week and reading this made my heart sunk and filled my eyes with tears.
You were just amazing, the love and support you gave to me, my husband and my kids will always be remembered and you will always have a special place in our hearts.
You were a joy to talk to and will be extremely missed.
My thoughts to your husband and Isabella, may they hearts find peace.
We love you, until we meet again my friend.
Sofia,Mohamed, Jasmine and Ryan.
Dearest Nikki, Osteopath, friend, confidante- that smiling face when the door opened; such warmth and comfort that were all encompassing. I am absolutely heartbroken that you are gone. I take solace in the fact that I got to have you, such a wonderful person in my life. You were so kind and loving and helped me so much, and not just with the aches and pains! You were truly an incredible lady and I will miss you so much. My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones – Austen and Isabella, your family and work colleagues. May they take comfort in the knowledge that you left such an indelible mark in the world. May you rest in peace.
With love, Julie
I have known Nik for many years and although our meetings were somewhat infrequent she’s fixed my back, minded my kids (when they were young enough to be minded) , we’ve shared drinks, chats and laughs and that was the beauty of Nik, you didn’t have to see her often to be her friend… A truly kind and beautiful soul ❤️
I never met Nicolette, yet her character showed in the esteem in which she was held both by Karenza and by Martin.
Nicolette was a very talented and determined & creative person. Creating the business with all that entails. Looking after the customers and the team. Being there for Austen and Isabella and Karenza. That she should be lost to you all so abruptly, so pointlessly, is so sad. I feel for you all – And for myself I feel deprived of the chance to know someone exceptional. I wish you strength, and it is a great comfort that little Isabella has both a loving, capable Father and Grandmother to look after her and carry the memory for her.
My heart is filled with so much sadness at your passing Nics. You were my best friend and my biggest supporter. I knew you since you were fifteen years old, and through the years our friendship constantly changed, but at the end I could always call you my best friend. Barely a day went by, this year, that we didn’t speak and I am so truly blessed to have had you by my side. You supported me, you loved me and looked after me. It was amazing to watch you grown into a wise, confident, successful and loving woman. I miss your voice. Your passing has left a huge hole in my heart and my life.
Nikki you went too soon, but you left a legacy behind. The people who you loved and who loved you will always have you in their hearts. My love goes out to little Isabella, Austin, Karenza, Gavin, Brandon and all her family and friends. Nics you always sent me hugs and cuddles and I’m sending you so many cuddles. I love you.
Dominique Van Wyk
Nicolette, you always greeted me with a warm hug and a massive smile. You had healing hands and always knew the right thing to say. I felt better in body and mind after our sessions. You listened to me and provided me with encouragement, support and inspiration. You had a wonderful way about you, a true gem and I will miss you so much. xxxx
My beautifull Nikki. We are all going to miss you so much.
You were taken from this earth far to early.
But we have all our good memories . We will never forget you.
You were an inspiration to all who knew you. You wanted us all to do our best always encouraging us. Never judging us.
My heart is broken I have lost a daughter. I always smile when you called me your other mum.
When I go on watsapp now I find myself reading your last text messages. . My Nikki we will meet up again. I feel your presence with me I will always love you.
Thank you for being the most amazing friend and daughter.
Your other mum.
When I think of you it will always be with a smile. You were a truly beautiful person and a great osteopath. I always looked forward to my treatments, and I always left your sessions feeling lighter and freer than before!
Rest in Peace
I had a privilege of getting to know Nikki in 2013 when Nikki treated me before and after a shoulder surgery. I got to appreciate her not only as an experienced, talented and caring osteopath but also as a warm, charming, inquisitive, funny and strong woman with vision for life and compassion. We began to socialize and had fun outings and many great conversations around Richmond before I moved away to Spain.
Nikki, 18 days later after first learning about your passing I still struggle to believe it… 🙁 I cannot get out of my head your beautiful smile and your sparkling eyes so full of wonder and zest for life, like those of a little girl who sees only the beauty in the world around her.
You left too early. You must be an angel. It has always been said that the best go first… :((( you are truly one of the best. You graced this world and every interaction with you was meaningful, positive and inspiring.
My heart aches for your family, your husband, and especially your beautiful baby girl Isabella, who will not have her mommy by her side to guide her through thick and thin of life. But she will have a guardian angel by her side, without a single doubt.
You created and left a beautiful legacy that will live on in your family, in our memories and in Isabella´s eyes, which are a replica of yours. You will continue to shine through her eyes.
I will always remember you and be grateful for meeting you.
Rest in peace, beautiful soul.
I was devastated to hear the incredibly sad news of Nikki’s sudden illness and passing. She was such a warm, caring and kind person and will be a huge loss to everyone who knew her, as well as the wider community. My heart goes out to Austen and Isabella, it feels so unfair. Rest in Peace lovely lady.
My beloved friend, my heart has broken with this sad news of you leaving us. I still can’t believe that I can’t message you anymore, that when we next come back to London we won’t catch up for drinks in Richmond like we used too and that you will never visit us in Australia as we had hoped before we left.
Your friendship, kindness, open heartedness, drive and ability to successfully achieve your goals, incredible luck at finding clothing bargains and ability to always look amazing has been an inspiration for me over the past fifteen years. I miss our chats, your facebook messenger chats, I miss that I will never get a hug or a beautiful smile from you, or hear your wicked accent and cheeky laugh. I’ll just miss you so much.
In addition to being such an awesome friend, you both inspired, encouraged and mentored my husband through the five years of his osteopath degree and beyond into business – which we are forever grateful for. I’m so incredibly blessed to have had you in my life and so very sorry that you’ve left us so early. My thoughts are with all of your loved ones, particularly your baby girl. xxxxx
I still cannot comprehend that you have gone, so suddenly. Over the last 8 years, you have been a great friend to me, and the best osteopath I have ever met. I would always look forward to our sessions, to your warm hugs and smiles. I felt like you were looking after me, always offering me comfort and food for thought. You were so much fun too! We always laughed together. When I think of you, I think of your smile and how your were always so radiant. I was looking forward to many more years of friendship with you. I will miss you and you will always be in my heart. My thoughts are with your family and Isabella.
Much love. Heloise
Philip and I were both so saddened to hear this tragic news. Nikki was such a beautiful, lovely, bubbly, caring person and was so easy to talk to. Philip and I became very fond of her as we both had such excellent treatment from Nikki over the years. Philip was one of Nikki’s first clients in Richmond when she was just starting up and we took Philip’s Father on many occasions to have treatment with Nikki as we thought she was the best and he thought she was fabulous too.
I once met you Austen and Isabella coming up the stairs after one of my sessions and my heart truly goes out to you both xxxx
I went to Richmond Osteopaths today, it must be five years since I last went in. I sat in the waiting area and it was just another Sunday, and then I saw a picture of you on the wall, with the news that you had passed away. I am utterly stunned. Nicky, you were a brilliant osteopath (I was so relaxed with you that I even had acupuncture- yes, me, the woman who usually faints at the sight of a needle) but more importantly, you were a wonderful, warm and kind woman. If you weren’t an osteopath, you’d have made a great therapist. What makes me feel especially sad is that the last time I saw you, you were pregnant, about to embark on an amazing adventure. Thanks to your healing hands, I never booked any more appointments after that, but I often thought about you and how you were getting on in the land of parenthood. I bet you were a brilliant mum. My heart goes out to your daughter, your husband and to all of your friends and family. Rest in peace beautiful lady xx