Richard was a long-standing founding member of Pax Christi Aotearoa New Zealand, representing Pax Christi at many peace, disarmament and social justice meetings in Wellington, and was a keen supporter and member of Peace Movement Aotearoa. He was deeply committed to pacifism, peace and universal disarmament, a regular participant in the Global Day of Action on Military Spending and solidarity gatherings for the people of West Papua, and a collector for White Poppies for Peace. Some photos of Richard in action are available here, here, here and here.
It was always a pleasure to have time with Richard, to hear his thoughts on a wide range of issues, and to enjoy his dry wit and entertaining sense of humour. This is a time of sadness for us here at Peace Movement Aotearoa and for Pax Christi - we will miss Richard very much, and our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time.
A requiem mass for Richard was held in London on 14 August 2013, with a Vigil and requiem mass for him in Wellington on 19 and 20 September 2013.