Tony Richards, who died in Goudhurst on 23rd March 2017, was a well-known and liked figure in the village as well as in the City of London as a financial manager. His life was celebrated at St. Mary’s with an Anglican Service of Requiem Mass with his eldest son, Father Mischa Richards, as Principal Celebrant. His other two sons, Joscelyn and Oscar, both delivered warm and affectionate Eulogies describing happy childhoods with their mother, Caroline, and father skiing at their house in the Italian Alps and sailing on “Ubique” to Calais and Veere in Holland. In 1996 Tony sailed the Atlantic to Barbados in 21 days.
Beneath the dapper, mild-mannered appearance was a wealth of interests – from the military, to sailing, to stockbroking, to charitable work. For two years he trained as a stockbroker at Quilter Goodison in the City but at 18 enlisted in the Honourable Artillery Company – hence “gunner” in his email address. He was commissioned and at 27 promoted to major, commanding II Squadron with a NATO role patrolling the Iron Curtain borders.
Specialising in managing charity and pension funds, Tony was elected a member of the London Stock Exchange in 1971 and a partner in 1976 and became one of the capital’s best known financial managers, retiring as a Director of Investec Wealth and Investment Limited in 2006.
Tony was born and raised a catholic but in recent years worshipped at St. Mary’s and was very much a part of the church community. His best-known role in Goudhurst was as Chairman of the Royal British Legion’s local branch for four years during which membership and funds increased markedly. He was a parish councillor for four years and chairman of the parish hall committee.
In the mid-60’s he married his first wife, Margaret, with whom he had four daughters, Eleanor, Charlotte, Louise and Alexandra, and continued a close relationship with them throughout his life. In September 1988 he married Caroline Arkell with whom he had three sons and lived happily at Cherry Gardens in Goudhurst.