There were many BRA members amongst the over 400 friends who said goodbye today, 9 January 2009, to Richard Walsh, BRA Council Member and former Chairman. Richard passed away on New Year’s Day and the ceremony took place at the delightful Church of St. Robert in Founex, which was packed. Most of the congregation went down to the lake after the church service to see roses cast onto the water he so loved. Many friends stayed on for the “wake” in his honour, which we are sure Richard would have thoroughly enjoyed, starring some of his best friends and including excerpts from his stage career in photo and sound: banishing sadness with a bit of fun.
We deeply regret his passing, and our Council will be the poorer without his presence. Richard was a gentleman, a fun-loving gentleman, but always ready to lend a hand without seeking the limelight (except on stage of course).
This poem, read at the service, is what Richard would have wished:
You can shed tears that they’ve gone,
Let us too journey on: you can download our Chairman’s speech in his honour Tribute to Richard Walsh and you can donate to the charity established to celebrate his life and generosity to others “The Richard Walsh Music Project for the Blind” if you so wish. You can find more information on this at Friends of India
Here too is a brief account of the funeral service provided by his widow: Richard’s Funeral