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Colin Richards

You are warmly welcomed to leave a message below, share your memories and celebrate the life of Colin Richards, who we sadly lost in 2021

Colin Richards

6th November 1932 - 26th November 2021

At QEH: 1943 - 1951

 

Written by Roger Gould:

Along with many others I attended Colin’s church funeral on December 21st at Northney village, Hayling Island. He had died after a difficult few months at the age of 89 although he had always looked and acted at least ten years younger. He was President of the Old Boys Society in 1998 and at QEH he had been a prefect and a member of both the Rugby and Cricket 1st teams. He was also selected for the Bristol Public and Grammar Schools Rugby XV when he played in the second row alongside John Currie of BGS who was later an England player.

Colin was extremely modest all his life and rarely mentioned his honours degree in Chemistry at Exeter College Oxford, his D.Phil awarded by Oxford University, and his one year research scholarship at the University of Minnesota. Most of his career was spent lecturing at Portsmouth Polytechnic in the Pharmacy department where he was popular and successful in training very many students for their careers, some of whom were at the funeral service.

The Eulogy was given by his youngest brother who was at Bristol Cathedral School in the 1950s. A local resident spoke about Colin’s sterling work on behalf of people in North Hayling, and I told a few stories about my thirty years of friendship with him and our experiences when at QEH. On the back of the service sheet there was a photo of him striding out to the Bristol streets in his Blue coat in about 1950.

He was fortunate to enjoy 63 years with his wife Pamela having been at junior school together. Pam went to Colston’s Girls School and as an accomplished pianist became a music teacher and choir leader.

Just two weeks before Colin’s passing on November 26th, his distinguished younger brother Donald died. He was at QEH from 1946-53.

 

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