Richard Walsh 1943 – 2009

The late Richard James Walsh

The late Richard James Walsh

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,
Or you can smile because they have lived.
You can close your eyes and pray they’ll come back,
Or you can open your eyes and see all they have left you.
Your heart can be empty because you can’t see them,
Or your heart can be full of the love you’ve shared.
You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday,
Or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.
You can remember them and only that they’ve gone,
Or you can cherish their memory and let it live on.
You can cry and close your mind,
Be empty and turn your back,
Or you can do what they’d want;
Smile, open your eyes, love and journey on.

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