Tributes paid to 'perfect' dad, Leroy Richardson of Pill, Newport

TRIBUTES: Leroy Richardson of Pill, Newport, with his daughter Leanne and grandchildren Liara and Joshua

TRIBUTES: Leroy Richardson of Pill, Newport, with his daughter Leanne and grandchildren Liara and Joshua

First published in News

TRIBUTES to a hugely popular “gentle giant” who died while out cycling on July 9 have poured in from family, friends and colleagues.

Leroy Richardson, 54, from Pill, was on a bi-weekly 18 mile cycle ride to Magor with friends when he suffered a heart attack, dying almost immediately.

Ambulances attended the scene but were not able to help him.

He grew up in Somerton and worked as a doorman in Newport and Cardiff nightclubs before working with Bisley Office Furniture.

A warm and caring man, he donated more than 70 pints of blood during his lifetime and regularly raise money for charity, in particular for the RNIB and British Heart Foundation.

Tragically, Mr Richardson’s brother Caledon also died of a heart attack when he collapsed in 1984 after winning a game of rugby aged 26.

Daughter Leanne Richardson, 29, said that when growing up all his children were incredibly proud to be seen with their father at the school gates: “You couldn’t get any bigger, better, blacker, prouder. We’d think, ‘He’s mine!’ “He made friends with anybody. He was perfect.”

6ft 4ins tall Mr Richardson lived in Pill and was secretary of the local neighbourhood watch. He loved motorbikes and had taken pride in restoring a red MG car, which had belonged to his brother Caledon, which he later had to gave away.

As a surprise, his children had bought back the car, but he died before they had the chance to give it to him.

They now hope to drive it at his funeral.

Son Clayton Richardson said: “He cared about everybody.

My dad was the definition of a gentle giant.”

Mr Richardson’s mother Ivy Richardson, 73, of Somerton, said: “I can’t cry, because my spirit is lifted.

He touched so many people’s hearts.”

Son Caledon Richardson, named after his uncle, said: “He got things going. He was about bringing people together.”

Former wife, “closest friend” and mother of three of Leroy’s children, Christine Booth, said describing the loss was almost impossible: “He was one of life’s true gentlemen.

We knew that everybody loved him, we just didn’t know how many.”

He leaves his mother Ivy Richardson; sister Lavinia; four children, Clayton, Caledon, Leanne and Jamie; and eight grandchildren, along with family in the Caribbean and UK.

His funeral will be held in St John’s Church, Newport, at 1pm on July 26.

Tributes to a 'special guy'

TONY Brown, chief executive of Bisley where Mr Richardson worked for 19 years, said: “Instantly recognisable for his broad smile, Leroy’s gentle manner and warm personality made him a very special person to all of us at Bisley. He already has been and will be very much missed by his many friends in the factory. To me, he was a very special guy.”

Friend Ifty Hassan said: “Leroy will be sadly missed but also remembered as an amazing person.I have travelled many parts of the world, I am proud to say Leroy Richardson was someone I can call a friend.”

Over 600 people joined a Facebook page set up in Mr Richardson’s memory.

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9:44am Tue 16 Jul 13

lee neale says...

Never knew him personally...but always seen this giant of a man around!!..so so sad
Never knew him personally...but always seen this giant of a man around!!..so so sad lee neale
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10:09am Tue 16 Jul 13

arjwain says...

never knew him personally . just seen him .but reading face book he was one hell of a nice guy .. RIP Leroy
never knew him personally . just seen him .but reading face book he was one hell of a nice guy .. RIP Leroy arjwain
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11:59am Tue 16 Jul 13

ex-St. Julians boy says...

Met Leroy once a few years back when he was up Christchurch cemetery tending Caledon's grave. He was certainly an imposing presence but seemed a very nice chap all the same.
Met Leroy once a few years back when he was up Christchurch cemetery tending Caledon's grave. He was certainly an imposing presence but seemed a very nice chap all the same. ex-St. Julians boy
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12:16pm Tue 16 Jul 13

bodlondon says...

A true gent and lovely man

RIP Leroy
A true gent and lovely man RIP Leroy bodlondon
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1:57pm Tue 16 Jul 13

rob santwris says...

One of the nicest people I've ever met always felt better after speaking to him
RIP big feller you will be missed.
One of the nicest people I've ever met always felt better after speaking to him RIP big feller you will be missed. rob santwris
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2:16pm Tue 16 Jul 13

cactussandra says...

always felt safe when Leroy was on the door...lovely fella..R.I.P Leroy..xx
always felt safe when Leroy was on the door...lovely fella..R.I.P Leroy..xx cactussandra
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3:08pm Tue 16 Jul 13

Melvyn The Milk says...

I knew Leroy for years, working the clubs and around the town. Never met a nicer, more pleasant gentleman in my life. A great guy.
I knew Leroy for years, working the clubs and around the town. Never met a nicer, more pleasant gentleman in my life. A great guy. Melvyn The Milk
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5:02pm Tue 16 Jul 13

amandadavies8 says...

New Leroy for years, was like my next door neighbour, ..always gave me a cuddle...amazing man....I am totally gutted...the world has lost a legend....RIP Leroy, the gentle giant...xxx
New Leroy for years, was like my next door neighbour, ..always gave me a cuddle...amazing man....I am totally gutted...the world has lost a legend....RIP Leroy, the gentle giant...xxx amandadavies8
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9:17pm Tue 16 Jul 13

Keith Barnett says...

Knew him from school. A real nice guy who was always fun and smiling. My thoughts are with his family & friends
Knew him from school. A real nice guy who was always fun and smiling. My thoughts are with his family & friends Keith Barnett
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9:54pm Tue 16 Jul 13

Mike Bates says...

A really lovely man. Too young to die but the best and greatest pass away first. Deepest sympathies to your family.
A really lovely man. Too young to die but the best and greatest pass away first. Deepest sympathies to your family. Mike Bates
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12:01am Wed 17 Jul 13

mizpeejay says...

rob santwris wrote:
One of the nicest people I've ever met always felt better after speaking to him
RIP big feller you will be missed.
Well said Rob!!
Could not have said it any better than that.
R.I.P
Leroy!
Deepest sympathy to your family.
[quote][p][bold]rob santwris[/bold] wrote: One of the nicest people I've ever met always felt better after speaking to him RIP big feller you will be missed.[/p][/quote]Well said Rob!! Could not have said it any better than that. R.I.P Leroy! Deepest sympathy to your family. mizpeejay
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9:24pm Thu 18 Jul 13

sue black says...

you were a true gent Leroy gone way before your time R.I.P. deepest sympathy to your family x
you were a true gent Leroy gone way before your time R.I.P. deepest sympathy to your family x sue black
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9:37pm Sat 27 Jul 13

nuaralia says...

Our deepest sympathy to Ivy & her family for their very sad loss. Thinking of you my dear friend. Gail, Martin & Family (Ex Downside Colleague)
Our deepest sympathy to Ivy & her family for their very sad loss. Thinking of you my dear friend. Gail, Martin & Family (Ex Downside Colleague) nuaralia
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