Flags are at half mast following the sad passing of William (Willie) Richardson, after a long term fight with cancer. Only 64 he was still active in his business and related council matters until last week. He will be missed by all who knew him.
Born and bred in Dungeness, William not only ran a successful fishing and retail business, he was a local and Kent County councillor but probably best remembered for the sterling work with the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) being attributed with the saving of over 200 lives during his 40 years with the lifeboat service.
It has been a pleasure to know him. He was always at the end of a telephone if needed and was one of those people who would help anyone out if he could.
There are many tributes in the local newspapers and indeed one on the Lifeboat website – see links for further information on this well liked, well respected family man and ,in the true sense of the word, gentleman.
William's funeral is next Wednesday, 17th November and the family has requested 'no flowers'. Any donations made will go to the Dungeness (Lifeboat) Crew Fund to purchase a memorial standard in his honour to be located at the Dungeness Lifeboat Station.