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Richard passed away this morning after a long and courageous battle against cancer. He fought with great determination, your messages helped him a lot.

Thank you so much.


Richard nous a quittés ce matin après un long et courageux combat contre le cancer.

Il a lutté avec beaucoup de détermination, vos messages l'ont beaucoup aidé.

Merci infiniment.


Richard passed away this morning after a long and courageous battle against cancer. He fought with great determination, your messages helped him a lot.

Thank you so much.


Richard nous a quittés ce matin après un long et courageux combat contre le cancer.

Il a lutté avec beaucoup de détermination, vos messages l'ont beaucoup aidé.

Merci infiniment.

comments (22)

I am so very sorry to hear this news, I only thought yesterday about how Richard was getting on, he was a very good online friend to many of us on Shutterchance and won't be forgotten.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 25 Aug 2017, 12:05
I often thought of Richard, I knew that he was a very courageous man battling against cancer. And he was a great photographer, I'll never forget his wonderful flower images from his garden -and his kind words in French. I am very sorry to hear that he now passed away. Je voudrais exprimer mes condoléances, aussi pour sa famille.
I never met Richard, but only communicated with him on SC, and, as Brian has said, he was a good "online friend" and a fine man, who won't be forgotten.
  • Ray
  • Not in United States
  • 25 Aug 2017, 12:52
Oh Dear! This is so sad! Richard was a fine friend on this photoblogging site, a very good photographer, and one of my earliest Buddies. He was always encouraging, and he certainly helped me to improve my photography skills.

Richard and I often discussed similarities between Madagascar [from his childhood], and Thailand [where I have lived for many years], and wondered if there might have been ancient connections.

Richard will be missed, but will certainly not be forgotten. A lovely man.

My best wishes to all Richard's family.


Oh cher! C'est tellement triste! Richard était un bon ami sur ce site de photoblogging, un très bon photographe et l'un de mes premiers amis. Il était toujours encourageant, et il m'a certainement aidé à  améliorer mes compétences en photographie.

Richard et moi avons souvent discuté des similitudes entre Madagascar [de son enfance] et la Thaïlande [où j'ai vécu pendant de nombreuses années], et je me demandais s'il pouvait y avoir des liens anciens.

Richard sera manqué, mais ne sera certainement pas oublié. Un homme charmant.

Mes meilleurs voeux à  la famille de tous les Richard.
This is very sad news and my condolences go to his family who I know meant so much to him.

I never had the pleasure of meeting Richard but I enjoyed our "Saturday strolls" and his lovely garden.

I will miss him
Ohhhh, what sad news! Our deepest condolences to the family. Richard has already been missed here. God have mercy on us all.
So sorry to hear this news. I knew Richard only through shutterchance but liked him for his kind comments and interesting photographs. My condolences.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 25 Aug 2017, 16:33
I am so sorry to hear the sad news. Richard was a very dear 'online friend' and we often would have e-mails about photography. My deepest condolences and my best wishes to all of Richard's family. He will be missed in the Shutterchance family.
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 25 Aug 2017, 17:44
Oh I'm so sorry to hear this very sad news. My deepest sympathy to all of you
Je regrette d'entendre cette nouvelle. Je connaissais Richard seulement à  travers Shutterchance, mais je l'aimais pour ses gentils commentaires et ses photographies intéressantes ...
Nous avions pris de nombreuses promenades du samedi matin à  travers ce média.

Mes profondes condoléances.
....peter/pierre sad
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 25 Aug 2017, 21:01
Hallo Ann - it must be you who took the time in these sad times to inform his Shutterchance friends of his passing. With such an emotive picture of our dear friend, walking into the mist ( which must be) somewhere along the French coast. Thank you and it is a wonderful way to do it.

I know you and the family will sorely miss Daddy, because I know how close you were from the way he carried you all in his heart.

Even if it was over a distance, I feel that we were friends. He was such an open man, with time for his fellow people. I remember in 2012, when I made a connecting flight at Charles de Gaulle, that he wanted to come and meet me. This never happened, because I had to move right across that huge airport, with less than 90 minutes before my airplane for Johannesburg left. I still regret that it was not possible.

Then there were the times that we exchanged information about South Africa, whenever there was occasion for him to remember the time he spent here.

Ah, there are so many other things to remember him as I sit here with tears in my eyes. I remember so many of his pictures, that he shared and somewhere there was a dog named Aston. I will not forget Richard.

Mes sincères condoléances, avec votre perte d'un homme très gentil. Je me souviendrai toujours de lui.

Farewell my friend.
That is sad news, R.I.P. Richard.You were a nice guy.
Thank you for sharing with us.... we needed to know.

Richard was so kind - and in addition to his lovely photos and kind commentary - I will always remember his remote control airplane!! What fun that must have been!

My condolences to the family, may you feel him beating strongly in your hearts, where he will live on forever.

  • Lisl
  • Bath, England
  • 26 Aug 2017, 09:01
I am so very sorry to hear about the loss of Richard. I enjoyed quite a few years of sharing photographs with him on Shutterchance
  • Martine
  • France
  • 27 Aug 2017, 05:20
Toutes mes condoléances. Bon courage.
  • Thierry Cazabon
  • France
  • 4 Sep 2017, 08:48
Quelle triste nouvelle ... Je présente mes sincères condoléances à  ses proches, à  sa famille et à  ses amis.
Veloma Richard
Quelle affreuse nouvelle. Je suis de tout coeur avec vous, avec sa famille.
Richard était très apprécié de beaucoup d'entre nous et cela faisait quelques années que nous suivions son site et lui les nôtres.
Qu'il soit en paix et toute mon affection à  ses proches.
I'm so so sorry to hear this terrible news... my thoughts are with all of you in Richard's family. Catching up with Richard and his photos was a great pleasure of mine these past years. I'm so sorry for your loss and wish you all well. Bless you Richard.
Good morning to you all.
Our children, grand children and myself thank you all for your messages. Its a blessing that Richard was so much appreciated. All your names are familiar, because Richard liked to speak about you and your photographs, ans he shared them with us.
For his last ceremony we showed his photographs, which was the best way for us to speak about him.
This photograph, for this article, was taken in 2015 in the island of Ouessant in Brittany.
We miss him very much.
Nos enfants, nos petits enfants et moi même vous remercions chaleureusement pour vos messages.C'est un réconfort de savoir que Richard était si apprécié de vous tous.
Tous vos noms sont familiers car Richard nous faisait partager vos photos et parlait souvent de vous.
Pour ses funérailles nous avons projeté des photos de lui, intercalées entre des photos prises par lui. C'était pour nous la meilleure façon de parler de lui.
Il nous manque terriblement.
La photo de cet article a été prise à  l'île de Ouessant en Bretagne, en 2015.
  • Anne
  • France
  • 24 Sep 2017, 16:33
That's very sad news.

C'est fou comme on arrive à  tisser un lien à  travers la toile.
Toutes mes condoléances.
Je reviens de Ouaga où j'ai passé plus d'un mois près de ma fille qui vient d'avoir un BB et je passais te faire un petit coucou et prendre de tes nouvelles... et quel choc!! Je suis attristée de cette terrible nouvelle... Nous avons échangé de nombreuses années sur nos blogs et plus encore, tu nous as soutenue dans nos actions pour le Burkina en achetant fidèlement mes petits agendas annuels... Tu étais là  aussi qd je suis passée par les sombres jours de cette p..... de maladie. Preuve qu'on peut tisser des liens sur la toile et ça je ne l’oublierais pas. Je présente toutes mes condoléances et mes pensées amicales à  ta famille. RIP dear Richard...
  • Michael Fresh
  • England
  • 3 Oct 2017, 21:30
Such a shock to read this very sad news. I exchanged emails with Richard many times and we commented on each others work. He was a fine friend. R.I.P

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