Really shocking news. I bumped into Rich a number of times throughout my career and he always (always) brought a smile to my face. He never seemed to take life too seriously, but underneath this facade was a very intelligent and astute individual. A real character of the Corps. RIP and condolences to his family.
I'd echo all the sentiments in this thread. A top bloke. First time I met him was Bonfire Night 1990 and he'd been promoted to Sgt that day. An absolutely great night out ensued. Always a smile on his face.
From what I heard also, a really shocking and tragic way to go.
This is really sad news, Rich was a charming man with a great sense of humour and a big heart. He taught me a thing or two about finding the positives during hard times and about looking out for the team.
Rest in Peace Rich, you will be sorely missed across the Corps.
I was so very sorry to hear this news. Worked with Rich at 1 MI Bde, and they don't come any finer. In between industrial quantities of tea, he would sit at his desk, slowly sipping from a bottle of Lea & Perrins Worcester Sauce. It used to make me laugh. Godspeed good friend.