It is with a very heavy heart that I have to announce that Richard has sadly passed away. The details of his death are unconfirmed and it would be doing a disservice to Richard to speculate on that.
Richard was a member of RYL for a very long time and he posted both on the forum and spent a lot of time in chat. Richard was sarcastic, funny and sometimes offended people but he was also caring, sweet and would do anything for his friends. He had passionate beliefs and morals which he would always stand by.
I don't think I could make a thread about Richard without mentioning his son, who he loved dearly and would do anything for.
He will be sadly missed by members of this community. Richard and I clashed a few times on RYL however he was always there for me and I always counted him as a friend. Chat especially will be a much quieter place without him.
Rest in peace Richard.
Please feel free to use this thread to remember him.
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There are times to stay put, and what you want will come to you.
But there are times to go out into the world and find such a thing for yourself. My spoken words.
I aint no abacus but you can count on me.
I primarily had dealings with Richard as a mod! But I always liked him and he was always an argumentative asset to RYL
When we lose twenty pounds... we may be losing the twenty best pounds we have! We may be losing the pounds that contain our genius, our humanity, our love and honesty. ~Woody Allen
Is a chocolate muffin loving glitter ball
His soul was more beautiful than anyone who assumed there was nothing more to him than sarcasm. The last thing he ever said to me was, "you're a beautiful person." He was the beautiful person. He still is. His soul and his memory. It hurts so much thinking about all the times we talked but I'm glad those times existed. I'm glad he knew I loved him, or at least I hope he did. This is so ****ing hard. Those of us who knew him need a get together to talk about that crazy bastard.
This is really sad news. We never spoke but you did make me laugh a few times on the boards!
I'm thinking of those of you who are grieving in this difficult time.
For you to be here now trillions of drifting atoms had somehow to assemble in an intricate and intriguingly obliging manner to create you. It's an arrangement so specialized and particular that it has never been tried before and will only exist this once. That is of course the miracle of life.
Don't ever frown because you never know who's falling in love with your smile.
I never spoke to Richard but I recognised him on the boards. You never realise what an impression someone makes online until they've gone. This is very sad and his friends and family are in my thoughts x
Like Liv, I sometimes clashed with Richard given most of our interactions were with me as a mod, but there were many occassions where we just chatted about life and he really was caring and, although a bit abbrasive at times, a good person. I know how much he loved his son and worked so hard to be in his life. may he rest in peace.
Richard was not a fan of me at all, but decided to offer something of a truce because someone he trusted told him I wasn't actually too bad! That he trusted and respected his friend enough to stop arguing with someone who was really doing his head in made me realise that he was indeed a good guy who was a wonderful friend to many.
May he rest in peace and my thoughts are with his friends and family.
We may not see eye to eye, but we can respect each other's opinions and find the truth in them.
Perhaps in those honest conversations, instead of demonising each other,
we might see each other as imperfect humans, doing our best. ~ Jodi Picoult