Obituary - Richard Barton (1951) Captain RD, Clasp RNR, ADC to the Queen (extract from All Hands Winter 2001- Peter Roberts)It is with deep regret that we learned of the death of Richard Barton aged 66, who died whilst sailing with friends in his yacht off the Cherbourg Peninsular. The yacht sailed into Carteret, the nearest port, where a doctor was called to examine Richard. He was then taken by ambulance to Cherbourg but en route his condition worsened and a helicopter was called to fly him to Caen hospital where he later died. His remains were brought back to the Isle of Wight where the funeral took place at Ryde Parish Church on Wednesday 28th August 2001. The service was conducted by the vicar the Reverend Ian Card who was a one time colleague of Richard's when they both served in the Southampton Pilotage.
The mourners were led by his wife, son and daughter, members of his family together with a very large congregation made up of representatives from the Warsash Association lead by Peter Roberts, the President, colleagues from the Southampton Pilotage and the Bembridge RNLI and members of the Master Mariners of Southampton and the Merchant Mariners of Wight Association. The High Sheriff of the Isle of Wight, Captain Henry Wrigley (1952), retired Harbour Master of Cowes gave the Eulogy.
We extend our deepest sympathy to Susan his wife, his son and daughter for their tragic loss of a husband and a father. Richard was a long standing member of the Association, we did not see a lot of him at our meetings or functions but whenever we required any help he was always there ready to help and assist.
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