Richard Leopold Calvert Williamson

Richard Leopold Calvert Williamson

01.08.1935 - 21.05.2022

Sarah Williamson


Dear Brother Richard,
I could write a book ... about all the times we shared as siblings, from my earliest childhood and your pre-teen, then teenage years, and on through our decades, you a steady 9 years and 6 months older than I. The joy when you were home for the holidays from school (not once but twice accompanied by a fox cub); your unexpected arrivals on a 48-hour leave, greeted with such happiness by Mum and me, at the little cottage in Norfolk; all of us meeting you (Brent and Bryony were littles) at Heathrow when you returned from Afghanistan. The family gatherings at The Field; walks through Kingley Vale; visits to the Stiffkey marshes. All such precious memories (there are so many more); and throughout, your singular approach to life and your love of nature, your "different drummer", which stay with me to this day. Always in my thoughts and in my heart.
Your loving sister,

Harry Williamson


I finally managed to witness this beautiful and moving service. All my love to Robert , Anne and families and other friends in attendance both physically and remotely. I shall always remember my 'nearest' brother ( in age) as a keen eyed, witty, light-hearted and joyful soul: with so many stories, such a rich life and a joy in observation of even the most tiny details in the natural world. Go peacefully brother, till we meet again.

Brian Henham


We will be walking in your footsteps at Kingley Vale, where we first met you many years ago. So many lovely memories since then.
Jenny and Brian Henham

Brian G Walker


I only met him a few times many years ago but it was clear he was a man worthy of the admiration shown here and elsewhere. Rest in Peace and sending positivity to the family.

Jacqueline Haggis


Richard Williamson has certainly influenced my life.
He created in me a great love of walking and the countryside.
His wonderful knowledge of wildlife enhanced all his articles in the Observer.
I used to see his little old vintage car parked in lanes and woodland from time to time as he was obviously out on walks.
It has encouraged me to lead many walks over the years and give others pleasure too.
My interest in birdlife has given me immense pleasure.
The last time I met him was very many years ago at Bignor Park with his lovely wife Anne.
We have all been very blessed to have had him living in this area.
Thank you for making us so welcome at Richard`s funeral and giving us an opportunity to say goodbye and thank him for all he has given us.
I shall definitely be planting more than one Hawthorn Tree!

Diana Zeuner


I so enjoyed Richard's column over so many years: I usually read it on Sunday morning over breakfast, often followed by a walk or birdwatch. I found it inspiring, full of interesting information about nature, accompanied by fascinating facts and observations on history, archaeology, literature and more. What an amazing man Richard was. We will all miss him, and I will remember him every time I am 'in the field' watching birds and discovering nature.



Will miss the chats in the Chichester Observer office and the riddles you would set for us that often left us scratching our heads for weeks.
My thoughts are with Richard's family at this sad time but know he brought joy and laughter to so many people's lives.

Jonathan Dobson


I was so very sorry to hear of Richard’s passing. I knew him briefly back in 1988 and he left an indelible impression on me that has lasted to this day. He was one of life’s great characters and I still recall his humour, intelligence, sharp wit and penetrating insight. I particularly remember his kindness, driving to London in the Alvis to see me perform in a concert at the Royal Academy. He maintained contact with the child within and I remember his uninhibited pleasure when I found him a 78rpm disc of Carson Robinson singing Texas Dan - a record he remembered from childhood. He sang along with such pleasure - and knew every word of it. I also remember him help me to keep my very dilapidated Morris Traveller on the road, slapping gallons of Cuprinol on its woodwork to stop the rot. I will raise a glass for Richard Williamson, a man’s man and an unforgettable personality. My thought are with Anne, Brent and Bryony at this time.

Sarah Groom


Dearest Uncle Richard,
You have been part of my life all my life, and I will miss your wonderful stories and jokes. I have many happy memories of you and will always treasure them. Rest in peace. All my love and condolences to Anne, Bryony and Brent. Love, Sarah xxxx



Huge thanks to the team at St Wilfred's Hospice, who made Dad's last days bearable for us all. Also thanks to Joe at Reynolds for your care at this saddest of times.
Anne, Bryony and Brent

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