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Richard Leopold Peacocke

Richard aged 66 years passed away peacefully on Sunday 29th November 2020. He will be sadly missed by all his family and friends.


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  1. Served with Dick in Germany doing combined bomb disposal operations in the late 80s. He was a great EOD NCO and an even greater person. Always kept his wits about him no matter what and when needed deployed that wonderful sense of humor that was uniquely his. He adored his daughter Samantha and always kept an open heart. We shall miss him a great deal.

    Scott Samson, Major (ret), US Army
  2. Richard was a great work colleague and friend. He was such a positive influence in so many ways. His intelligence made him an essential member to our team and his creativity was a huge asset. Most importantly he was just a really nice man.
    I remember fondly when he and Steph visited us in Cyprus and joined us in a beautiful walk to an isolated chapel. I will always think of him when I visit the chapel and light a candle and ring the bell for him.

    Shaun Byatt
  3. Too many memories to list all, but remember the Chinese burns he still gave me well into my 40s, the times our mom chased him with a damp t-towel for being cheeky, once she hit him with it while he was eating her homemade chicken soup, he then referred to it as fighting soup, the name stuck from then on, and mom would say I’m making fighting soup. About 5 years ago we stayed at Richards and Stephs, he pinched half my hot dog in cafe, then when Steph made us delicious Sunday dinner, he started taking my roast potatoes and Yorkshire pudding, I had to resort to something childish and lick the rest of my favourite items to prevent him stealing it all, could not believe how fast he was with that fork. He also taught my son Matthew and I how to do crabbing, raw bacon best bait, we obviously threw them back at end of day. He loved his children, grandchildren, wife and extended family very much. Strangely will miss those Chinese burns. R.I.P big bro xxxx

    Belinda Mitchell
  4. Richard was a lovely, intelligent man who also loved to be in the middle of jokes and laughter.
    I first met Richard at the hospital Officers course in Feltham London, Syd and I where already friends having both been send on the course from HMP Belfast.
    When we arrived at the course Richard immediately took to Syd and myself and us to him.
    We became firm friends and kept in touch after the course. I found Richard to be a lovely friendly man, and am proud to call him a friend.
    I am still finding it difficult to come to terms with the death of Richard.
    Kevin you should be very proud of your dad he achieved a lot during his life. I shall miss him always.
    I send my love and prayers to your family and yourself.
    God bless.

    Roy McDonald
  5. What can one say about Dick Peacock , smart kind careing ,and an all round good bloke. Met Dick in 1989 on a Hospital Officers Course in London, and from day one we hit it off seemed to take to the Ulster staff.I spent many hours in his small caravan talking about life and playing the IF game ,which took conversations to a different level. Dick had a wicket sence of humour, on our first day at Broadmore Dick pushed me into a ward and shouted ( one on your numbers) and closed the door,within seconds I was grabbed by men in white coats the staff took some convincing I was on their side and not an inmate.I laugh now but not at the time. Dick came to our home in Bangor a couple of times and them with Steph to our home in Spain .Dick was very happy and settled with Steph and they were good for each other. I will miss him but I’m glad to have so many happy memory’s RIP Dick duty done.

    Sydney E Murphy.
  6. I will miss your company and wonderful wit. Your determination and fortitude over the past months has been inspirational.
    A good friend and Brother who
    “ lived respected and died regretted.”

    Geoffrey Knights
  7. I remember Richard from my days when we were corporals at CAD Kineton in the mid seventies.
    He was one of the good guys, kind hearted and generous.

    Rest in Peace Richard.

    Martin Epton
  8. In memory of Richard P, a great guy. Thank you for all your support and insight over the years. You will be missed. Forever in our thoughts and in our hearts.

    Terry Bowyer
  9. Richard was a genuinely lovely man.
    I will miss being told that I am doing the Chapter fire incorrectly at Chapter meetings.
    Sincere condolences to his family.

    Robert Fairlie
  10. Richard was a huge part of my life growing up for quite a time, and in this time he taught me a great deal. Two of the most prominent memories are walking Jack with him in Crossways, and him teaching me about leverage. Every day we would go on the same walk, eventually working towards flipping over a huge water container using the sticks around us. Another was me constantly pestering him to play Hogs of War on PS1 with me, and him always saying yes.

    In that time he certainly had an impact on my life and helped to shape me. A great man in all regards.

    Calvin Basso
  11. Richard you will be sadly missed by all the family. Thank you for making Stephanie so happy in the last 16 years as I am sure you were too. We will miss your colourful shirts and popping in to watch Spurs with John and learning what the offside rule is all about and why players where different colour boots !!!!!

    Jennifer and John xxx

    Jennifer and John Richardson
  12. Those we love don’t go away ,they walk beside us every day .Unseen ,Unheard but always near, so loved, so missed, so very dear.

    Danny Jackie & Family (Searle)
  13. I was working on a national research project to get more people in mental health services on direct payments in the early noughties. Richard welcomed me into his home, and we both presented at an event with Richard lending his powerful personal experiences bringing my project to life. We lunched together and swapped personal mental health stories. He made me laugh as he had a surreptitious recording of a MH professional exclaiming that direct payments don’t work well. He proved them wrong! Richard was a local legend, a gentleman, a clever and lovely man. We stayed in touch. I remember him fondly.

    Tina Coldham
  14. I first met and became a friend of Richard when we both worked at HMP The Verne, he worked as a Hospital Officer and I as an Instructional Officer in the Engineering Workshop and I remember one occasion when Richard had locked himself in a cell and I had to rescue him.

    It was a great pleasure to meet Richard again regularly through Freemasonry and particularly through Faith and Unanimity Chapter where Richard was Installed as First Principal and I being the Visiting Grand Chapter Officer.

    I know that Richard will be severely missed by the many people that knew him.

    Brian Tritton
  15. I was privileged to work with Richard at DMHF, but he wasn’t just a colleague, he was a kind and caring friend. We really did make a positive difference to people like ourselves who struggled with our mental health. I’m so glad that since our DMHF days, Richard achieved his doctorate, and more importantly spent many happy years with Steph, his children and grandchildren. What a lovely man. RIP Richard.

    Sue Forber
  16. Richard was a founding Trustee of Access Dorset, which supports hundreds of disabled people every year. He was an outstanding Trustee for the past 10 years and helped the Charity to ride several storms to become well respected and established in our amazing resource centre at The Bridge. Richard helped make this happen and it has brought so much joy and support to so many marginalised and isolated people. Richard brought wisdom, steadfast loyalty and a great sense of humour to our Board Meetings. I will miss him enormously.

    Jonathan Waddington-Jones
  17. Condolences to all the family. Richard was a good and dear friend and will be sadly missed and fondly remembered

  18. RIP Richard. My thoughts are with Stephanie and all Richards family.


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