Dedicated service to Boys’ Brigade and churches
Albert Richardson, who was known for playing the last post at the service of Remembrance in Chesham, has died at the age of 81.
Mr Richardson, born of a Chesham family from Pednor in 1934, not only went on to become a well respected trumpet player, but he was also one of the founder members in 1947 of the 1st Chesham Boys’ Brigade, meeting at Broadway Baptist Church, in The Broadway.
He rose through the ranks, achieving the King’s Badge, one of the highest honours awarded within the Brigade, which is now called the Queens Badge.
On his return from National Service in the Royal Army Medical corp, he became Captain in 1986 right through until 1994, when he was called to play an important part within the organisation at the head office at Felden Lodge.
He had a great love of music and his singing prowess could be heard within the Chess Valley Male Voice Choir where he was one of the second tenors.
retirement he also had a day job, where both him and his wife Muriel were joint secretaries at Hivings Free Church, in Upper Belmont Road, Chesham.
His other passion was for Chesham United Football Club, where he was a regular at each home game, this probably arose from the past when both he and Muriel used to prepare and serve the players their meal after each game.
He first played the trumpet on Armistice Day some 40 years ago and in the years that followed, the tone from his trumpet could be heard above the silence of the occasion.
Friend Len Vockins said: “Albert will be a very sad loss, not only to his family but also to the many past members of the Chesham Boys Brigade that from his influence, progressed to their given roles in life.
“Little did anyone know that the 11th of the 11th 2015 would be the Last Post he was destined to blow.
“Rest in peace Albert.”
Mr Richardson’s cremation will take place today (February 25) at 11.30am in Amersham, followed by a thanks giving service at Broadway Baptist Church, in The Broadway, Chesham, at 1.30pm.
It is requested that only family flowers be given on the day.