Richard David - No.4. Brockton Meadow, Brockton,
Nr Worthen, Shrewsbury.
27th February 1962 - 7th March,2016.
Aged 54 years, Postman at Minsterley and previously at Windsor and Shrewsbury.
Died suddenly at home of an Acute Asthmatic Tracheobronchitis which caused a Deep Vein Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolism.
Dearly loved Son of Frank and the late Monica Blagrove. Best Friend and Husband of Diane. Caring Fun Loving Dad to Josephine and Oscar. Loving middle Brother of Mark and Ian Blagrove. Brother in law to Julia, Jacqueline, Amy, Colin and Audrey. Son in law to the late Doug Pritchard, Mary and Partner Roy. Kind fun loving Uncle to Marcus, Miles, Harvey, Elsie, Fergus, Florence, Gabriel and Celeste. Abigail, Luke and Harry. Nephew to Jean and the late Jack, Frances and Roger and the late Mary and Peter. Cousin to John, Philip, Andrew and Allister, Paul and Deborah.
Bearers at the Funeral: Mark Blagrove (Brother), Ian Blagrove (Brother), Marcus Blagrove, (Nephew) and Best Friends Francis Kent, Johnathan Tarr (Bub) and Keith Brooks.
Richard was born at home in the front living room of 57 St Andrews Crescent, Windsor.
Richard had Grandad Albert and Grandma Emily at 765 Dunsable Road, Luton, his fathers parents and Grandad Jack, Grandma Grace and Aunt Barbara,his mothers parents and aunty who lived at Orchard Avenue, Windsor. He had great times with them all and especially liked the air raid shelter in the garden. When Richard was two years old the family went out to Rhodesia, Southern Africa. It was a special place in his heart they returned to Windsor when he was four. He started at Clewer Green C.E.Primary School, and then moved on to The Royal Free School, Windsor. He learned how to ring bells at the age of 12 with his brothers, mum and dad at Windsor Parish Church. He was a strong swimmer and enjoyed the open air swimming pool in Windsor. He loved motor bikes he had a Honda 250cc and 500cc and then a V W camper van which went to Glastonbury, Brecon Beacons and enjoyed life being out and about with his friends. He loved all kinds of Music, going to concerts, seeing The Who, Status Quo,The Beach Boys, Led Zepplin and many more and he also enjoyed Jazz. He had his own drum kit and his favourite Drummer was Keith Moon. He supported Chelsea Football Club. Richard left School at 16 and went to work for the General Post Office on the engineer side, but after two years he transferred to Deliveries. He was Postman to the Queen Mother in Windsor Great Park. In 1989 Richard put in for a transfer to Brecon or Shrewsbury and Shrewsbury came up first. He loved cycling and loved hill and mountain walking. He moved in to 82 St Michaels Street, Shrewsbury and over time worked on many different rounds in Shrewsbury, Bayston Hill, Dorrington, Ford Heath and putting mail sacks on the evening train at Shrewsbury Station. He met Diane at the Butter Market, Shrewsbury. In 1992 they moved to No.5 Walton Road, Reabrook, Shrewsbury. They got married in Las Vegas at The Chapel of the Bells, Nevada on Friday 17th September 1999. He became a father for the first time to Josephine in 2000, the same year he bought the family car a Skoda Octavia and his choice Blue as it (is the colour and football is the game). On the 4th July 2003 they moved to No.4. Brockton Meadow. Richard transferred to Minsterley Post Office in 2004, and became a father for a second time to Oscar in 2005. As a family we watched TV. His favourite programs were Match of the day, Dads Army, Foyles War, The X Factor, Dr Who, F1 Car Racing and Tom and Jerry cartoons. He loved all Wildlife from a young age and everything in nature .His favourite Tree Frogs, Bats, Dung Beetles and Dragon Flies. Richard had worked for the Royal Mail Post Office for 36 years. He loved his Job and always left with a smile, and enjoyed working outdoors, meeting people, delivering and talking to customers and the countryside in different seasons, whatever the weather their was always something fantastic and spectacular to see and enjoy, he always returned home with the same smile, he had a great day no matter how busy and quite a few funny times aswell. He was a Bellringer at St Chads,Shrewsbury and also at All Saints Church Worthen where he was Tower Captain.
Thank you Richie for being my very best friend and husband and wonderful caring fun loving dad to Josephine and Oscar. We miss you every day, your smile, fun, laughter and humour.
A Great Lad Rich who will be sadly missed by everyone that knew him. He always saw the funny side of everything, even when the day was not going well.
Diane, Josephine and Oscar would like to thank everyone for their kindness and support, for the beautiful flowers, cards and caring thoughts and wonderful bell ringing on the day. For all the kind donations that have been given to: Worthen School P.T.A., Worthen Ringers Bell Fund, Wattlesborough Cubs, Harry Johnson Trust, Royal Shrewsbury Hospital, Worthen Pre-School, Mary Webb School and Science College, 1st Pontesbury Rangers, Worthen Village Hall and Worthen Toddler Group. Thank you to you all family, friends, neighbours, Postmen, Bell ringers and Richard's many customers on his rounds and everyone that knew him. For being at the Funeral and had travelled a long way from Windsor, Reading, Swansea, Weston Supermare and all across Shropshire and Powys and everyone that could not make it on the day,but wanted to be there. It meant so much Richard would have been so pleased to have been thought of so much.
Richard would say
'' Thanks very much, cheers ears and cheerio''.
Published in the County Times on Fri 09 Dec 2016