Richard was laid to rest on Monday in the churchyard close to the canal, at St Cyr’s Stonehouse, on a beautiful May day.
The church was packed with family and friends who had known and loved him. It was standing room only at the back.
His coffin was of course willow and carried into the church by his nephews.
Both daughters Anna and Lucy spoke of their love for their Dad, recounting family holidays and days gone by, and their words showed just how much they adored him, and he them.
His younger brother spoke at length about their growing up and his personal idolisation of Richard when they were children and that lasted through to adulthood.
He also enlightened us to what a great sportsman Richard was from a very young age, excelling at rugby, high jump, squash and basketball…his future looked like being a most successful athlete in one of these disciplines until injury forced an early retirement.
Jerusalem was one of Sue’s chosen hymns because of it being the ‘anthem’ at England international rugby matches…a most fitting song to end the service.
At the celebration at Frocester Cricket Club, a slideshow of some of Richard’s personal family photos and his own ‘special style’ of photographic images was played on the large screen tv’s in his memory, these many of us have seen at Stroud Camera Club. The majority were out of focus, moved, wacky! Yes that was our Richard!
It drew together a day of deep sadness but also evoked many happy memories of such a very special person, Richard Pearse.