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SAD NEWS

PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2019 5:33 pm
by Dion
It is with deep regret, that I need to inform you all that one of our own, Richard Bailey died this morning, peacefully in his sleep after a battle with cancer. Richard was one of the first members of the shed and we got on from first contact, I have always been in regular contact with him. I'm going to copy and paste the same tribute here I posted on his facebook page earlier. To say I am gutted is an understatement.

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I have known Richard somewhere around 10 years. He was one of the very first members of my site at astronomyshed. We chatted a fair amount, be it about astro, canals, hawaiian shirts or me taking the piss about him being a veggie! We also met in real life several times.

In all of my 54 years (yes that may surprise some as i only look about 26) I have met and interacted with hell of a lot of people, I genuinely liked Richard, he was probably the most quirky, eccentric, positive person I have ever come across, and no doubt whatsoever he had the purest and most generous heart of anyone I have ever met, and I don't say that lightly.

The astro community has lost one of it's brightest suns today, may your star shine for many years to come Richard, because one things for sure, not a soul who knew you will easily forget you, and I know I am not alone when I say I am absolutely gutted, and more than a tear will be shed, the world lost a great guy today!

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2019 6:28 pm
by carastro
Really sad news Dion.

If I may be a bit impertinent to ask, but was he known on here by a particular avatar name, so we can recall which member he was as we don't all know each other by real names.

Carole

Re: SAD NEWS

PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2019 7:20 pm
by Dion
You will know him Carole, his username is Richard, he used to do all the lunar and solar pics. Click the link below.

viewtopic.php?f=26&t=30046

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Re: SAD NEWS

PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2019 8:03 pm
by carastro
Yes of course. How very sad.

Carole

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2019 8:42 pm
by galileo
very sad, thanks for letting us know Dion

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2019 8:45 pm
by smerral
We never met but I have known him online since we encountered each other on the shed. I too was an early member. It feels like part of me is gone.

Re: SAD NEWS

PostPosted: Wed Feb 20, 2019 11:47 am
by tich
I hope you don't mind me sharing my post

19/2/19

I received the sad news about my astro outreach buddy Richard Bailey's passing at 3:11 this afternoon although I never got to read it until 4:00, I'm honored that we became friends over the years & I shall miss all the cake jibes to tempt me over to Braunston or any other event for that matter to help out with his outreach events. Not that I needed bribing anyway as it was always a pleasure to be there.
I felt strange when I came back from hospital today & just before I went to work I could hear his voice chattering away in my head. I shall miss his little stories & the daft posts he used to put up.
I remember first meeting him at the Star gazing live event we helped out at in Bagington at Lunt Fort & there we were all wrapped up in layers upon layers of clothing to keep warm & there he were standing there in just a pair of jeans, Charlie Bates T Shirt & cap & one of his Hawaiian shirts, I looked & thought aint you cold??
I visited Lunt Fort a couple more times after that once to help out at International SUNday where I first met Karen Wilson who to has sadly passed away, I could never forget meeting Stephen W. Ramsden for the first time there either although me being me & quite shy all I said to him was "Great talk mate!!"

I started to know Richard better over time & we'd often chat for a good hour or so after everyone else had packed up plus I made more friends when helping out at outreach & even some folk at Braunston too.
When I heard his health had deteriorated I did my best to visit him at NGH as much as I could & continued to carry on doing outreach when & where there was an event, & I shall carry on on doing so unless my health does a turn for the worse, but that's another chapter that hasn't happened yet so keeping my fingers crossed about that.
I know he wouldn't want us to be sad & to carry on doing what we do, I looked up at the hazy Moon tonight when I got out of the car thought about him & smiled.
Rest now my friend...

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Re: SAD NEWS

PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2019 2:22 pm
by jmfdiver
Very sad news Dion, I've looked at many a sun picture of his.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 26, 2019 6:09 pm
by Polar Bear
Sad news indeed. I enjoyed his Solar imaging, considering my narrow boat was in the marina at Braunston it never seemed to shine on me as much as it did Richard.

Re: SAD NEWS

PostPosted: Fri Mar 01, 2019 12:38 am
by tich
I just thought I'd share Andy Bailey's post about the funeral arrangements in case anyone is interested in popping along, for those of us who are going we will be wearing Hawaiian shirts as Richard was always wearing them,
mine came through the post this morning ;)

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Hi,

As an update on Richard, just been to the funeral directors and the funeral is now at 12 o'clock on Tuesday 5th March (not 11 o'clock as previously planned?) It's still at Rainsbrook Crematorium in Rugby. Apologies for any inconvenience, and hopefully as many of you can still make it, and thanks again for all your kind messages