In loving memory of
15th February 1963 - 3rd October 2022
The funeral service will be held at 12.40pm on Friday 21st October at Mortlake Crematorium
Directions for those who are attending are provided below. Following the service, you are invited to join us for a Celebration of Richard’s Life at Twickenham Rowing Club on Eel Pie Island. Formal funeral attire is not mandatory, please wear whatever you feel comfortable in. The service will be webcast live, see details below. It would help us enormously with catering if you could click the RSVP link below.
WATCH THE LIVE WEBCAST ON THE DAY
Here are details of how to access the webcast of the funeral service live:
WEBCAST LOGIN DETAILS:
- Click the button above to open the webcast page in a new tab
- Enter your username and password which are as follows:
- Username: xada7215
- Password: 336639
- Click the Login button
Once the stream has begun the video will load automatically.
Tips and troubleshooting
We recommend you try logging in to the webcast so you can test that you are able to see and hear it – make sure your speakers are turned on and up.
If when viewing a Live Webcast you can no longer see the video, it’s possible that connection to the crematorium has been lost. Please wait, and this should be restored as quickly as possible.
Any further problems please click here or call the Obitus team on 03333 447 440.
HOW TO GET THERE
FUNERAL SERVICE - 12.40PM
Kew Meadow Path
Turn into Townmead Road off the A205 Mortlake Road. At the mini-roundabout, turn right into Kew Meadow Path. Go through the gates and park in the car park on the left hand side.
The crematorium building will be in front of you, if you walk under the left archway, there is a Waiting Room on the right hand corner and loos are on the left hand side. The ladies are in the small waiting area on the left, the gents doorway is a little further along from this room.
Please note that Mortlake Crematorium falls within the ULEZ charging zone (you can check your vehicle’s compliance status here).
CELEBRATION OF RICHARD'S LIFE - FROM 2.30PM
Twickenham Rowing Club
Eel Pie Island
Twickenham Rowing Club is located on Eel Pie Island, off Twickenham riverside. Walk down Water Lane, which is on the corner of Church Street and King Street. When you reach the river, you will see a walk bridge across to Eel Pie Island. As you cross over to the island, the rowing club will be on the left hand side.
There is street parking nearby, but please note that the roads by the river regularly flood at high tide and the rise in water level can be rapid! The car parking options include:
- Multi-Storey car park in Arragon Road (Waitrose) – no maximum parking hours
- Holly Road Car park – 4 hours max
- York House (Civic Centre) car park
- Flood Lane car park
- Meter parking along Riverside and Water Lane / The Embankment – maximum 4 hours parking
Saturday 22nd at 3pm (weather permitting)
Departing from home 40 High Street, Hampton TW12 2SJ at 3pm, we will walk through Bushy Park for about 1 hour to finish at the River Thames next to Hampton Ferry (across the street from the The Bell Inn – 8 Thames Street, TW12 2EA).
Ashes will be scattered on the River Thames.
If it rains, the event is postponed until further notice.
Thoughts from NZ come to mind, as observed by Kipling and exemplified by you: ‘If you can dream and not make dreams your master, if you can think, and not make thoughts your aim, if you can force your heart and nerve and sinew to serve your turn long after they are gone, and so ‘hold on’ where there is nothing in you except the will which says to them ‘HOLD ON’ It has been great knowing you through the meditation group, as a helping hand with my work, and with Laura joining your family celebrations for your anniversary and later on our wedding. You are a lovely friend, husband and father – we will miss you – with love Marya and Andrew
I have the privilege to treat some remarkable people, remarkable because of their intelligence, accomplishments or amazing personalities. Richard was all of that and therefore one of my favourite clients because he was one of the most remarkable people I’ve ever known. He was a true leader teaching with his way he dealt with his diagnosis, the way he grew as a person, his utter positiveness, rarely complaining about anything. He always led me to learn more about how to handle my life. Richard’s death sure leaves a big hole, but I just feel so glad that I knew him. He will continue to inspire me daily and I will carry on thinking of life through Richard’s eyes, hoping to make it a better one. I sure miss you Mr Clemons.
On the 11th of October I returned to live Sangha after a long break, but learned you were no longer with us. Half way through the meditation I caught myself staring at an empty chair in our usual circle, after a member had left the room. I was quite tearful. Funnily enough, it was the 5th or 6th chair from the left, where you often used to sit. My instinctive thoughts started playing tricks on me, I had a vision of you coming back and taking the seat…
I then remembered when I first met you in this group, perhaps a decade ago. I noticed your kind smile and openness, positivity and a lovely personality that we shall continue celebrating. I feel privileged to have known you and that I can take part in these celebrations of your life.
The expression ‘Life is not fair’ comes to mind. I know I will be staring at chair number 5 or 6 during our Sangha meetings for a little longer whilst processing this sudden loss, but deep down I know that the miracle of continuation has already happened. You and a few others managed to keep our meditation group going, helping us all to sow the seeds of happiness in our ‘weekly sanctuary’. These seeds will continue producing flowers which we will keep watering. I feel enormous gratitude.
I want to say THANK YOU and I know I will miss seeing you across the room. I will also remember how you liked holding hands at the end of our sessions. Therefore, in your mind’s eye, let’s hold hands, everybody!
With love from Nada
Richard was my best friend for 47yrs. We met at high school and saw each other almost every day throughout our teenage years. I didn’t have many other friends because, if Rich was your best mate, you didn’t need anyone else! Rich was the very, very best of people and, if you were lucky enough to spend any time with him, you came away feeling positive about everything, especially yourself. My life has always been guided by one mantra – “what would Rich do?”. My wife & I will dearly miss his loving friendship and unfailing support. God bless you, my friend. With love, Richard & Julie.
We met Richards 14 years ago, he was a lovely person, so kind, such a good friend. In these pictures we were spending wonderful moments with my couple, Richard and Laura in Argentina. We remember going to Bariloche where we spent a very nice holiday. So sad when we heard that he passed away. We will always remember you smiling and singing folk songs.
Laura Palacios and Gabriel Benatar
Richard was a very nice gentleman whom I had the pleasure of working with. Always very a friendly smiling fellow to deal with. Seem to remember we shared secondary careers as Dads taxi , we met outside NEC arena as our respective children attended Slip Knot n Slayer concerts. Taken from his family at far to young an age. Hope you are reflect on the happy times you all shared with Richard. Thoughts are with you at this tough time.
The first time I met Richard was when Mick brought home a group of apprentices,Richard stood out from the rest,I instantly liked him and knew he would go far, AND HE DID.We became friends, he was so lovely with our boys, I knew one day he would make a super Dad, AND HE DID.
The strength and positivity he displayed after his diagnoses was outstanding he never once said “ Why me?” or complained.
You were taken too soon Richard , Mick and I will never forget you, and when negativity creeps in to my life I will think of you , your amazing attitude , and I will try very hard to emulate you.
I first met Richard through the Twickenham Sanga over 6 years ago and his positive and warm presence always made me feel welcome and included.
Over the years he has been a constant pillar of support for the Sanga, honest, kind and generous with his time.
When Richard was practicing to become a coach, he was instrumental in using his new skills to help me during a challenging time in my career and he helped me
regain clarity of my working identity and my confidence just by focusing less on what I said and more how I wanted to ‘be’.
He generously shared his wealth of experience and made a big difference to helping me get back on track and I will always be grateful for his support.
Richard was blessed because he was loved and knew he was loved. I will miss him greatly.
I was very sad to hear of Richard’s passing.
I have vivid memories of him when we worked together for Kraft Foods in Banbury and later in Zurich.
What I will remember is his energy, his tenacity and his drive. Plus his big smile. When you have colleagues like Richard, nothing is impossible!
My deepest condolences to his family and friends.
So sad to hear of the loss of Richard.
I will always remember him fondly. Meeting him at my first interview nearly 20 years ago, a very welcoming and happy gentlemen. He challenged me during our time working together in the world of coffee at Banbury which I appreciated so much. As well as challenging me, it was always great to see his fun side at any team events. An inspirational leader I will always admire. Peace to you all and thinking of everyone who is suffering the loss of him.
I am writing on behalf of the Mulberry Centre on line Creative writing group. Richard you joined our group in January of this year and what an impact you made. From your very first appearance we were one of us because of your openness and friendliness. Your desire to share your terrible terrible cancer ordeal through your writing to help others with similar experiencewas inspiring and your approach to it was brave, honest and powerful. You were also prepared to “dip your feet” into writing poems and other things notably your haikus and you supported others in the group with sensitivity and generosity. You are deeply respected and loved by us all Richard even though you were only with us a short time and we never met in person. We miss you, especially your lovely disarming smile.
I am so truly grateful to have had the privilege to have met you dear Richard during yours and Lauras time back in Zürich, where your doors where always open for me to come in and to enjoy a delicious glass of Vine, global homemade delicatesses surrounded by your always welcoming and warm humorous company. Being it in Switzerland or later in Hampton where I could than celebrate with you your 5th wedding anniversary. Friends are the family we choose.. You had been such a very charming, deeply emphatic and kind friend and I will always remember your dances with Laura you so often named in your deeply loving and heartwarming way, Laurita. You were taken far too soon Richard. I will miss you and sending all my love to Laura and your sons! Until we meet again…
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