Farewell to popular and brave Richy, 31
THE family of a Crosby man who died aged 31 have paid tribute to the bravery and determination he displayed in overcoming his health problems over the years.
Richy Cain died in his sleep last Monday at home in Crosby. The Sacred Heart old boy was a keen cricketer, footballer and golfer.
Richy appeared as a stand up comedian and promoted comedy events at social and sporting clubs in the area.
Richy left behind his parents Mike and Helen, his brother Chris, sister Claire, brother-in-law Ben and nephew Ryan.
Chris Cain told the Visiter how his brother had suffered from epilepsy in the past. He said: “Richy had to overcome a lot of adversity in his life. He underwent brain surgery as a five-year-old. And then he had to have a hip replacement operation at just 21. He suffered from epilepsy in the past.
“Richy was someone who I admired greatly for what he was as a man. He never ever complained. I would like to thank everyone who helped him over the years, from health visitors to his close friends.
“Richy loved sport. He played golf for West Lancs and football for Waterloo GSOB FC. And he loved his cricket too, playing for MCS Dynamos. I think my most recent memory of him was last week when he played in goal for my team. He made a massive save at the end and we looked out for him.”
Comedian and festival organiser Brendan Riley said: “Richy came on one of my comedy courses years ago. He was lovely giant of a man who used to light up like a Christmas tree when he was on stage.
“He was a very popular person and all his mates would come out to support his events at clubs like the Brownmoor in Crosby. I found out about his death the other night and I am gutted.”
Tributes to Richy on social media included Waterloo GSOB FC, which tweeted: “Everyone... is shocked and deeply saddened to hear of the sudden passing of Richy Cain. Richy was great lad and has been a massive part of this club on and off the pitch his whole life.
“He stood on the line as a kid watching his dad play in goal for GSOB, then went on to become a keeper for Waterloo himself. Only two weeks ago he was out there for us and ensured the lads got all three points.
‘‘Our deepest sympathy goes out to all of Richie’s family and friends, he will be missed massively.”
won 3-2. So thanks Richy.“Richy was a big Liverpool FC fan. I remember when he got to meet his hero Robbie Fowler. He idolised him. He was a unique person and an inspiration. He will be a big part of my life forever.”Richy initially trained as a joiner but was forced out of the job due to his health problems. He later worked in healthcare, and then joined the prison service. He was based at HMP Liverpool.His dad Mike said: “Richy was a gentle giant who loved life despite what it threw at him. I would like to thank everyone who helped him through adversity over the years, from medics to pals from sport and on the comedy circuit. We all
Hugely popular: Crosby man Richy Cain, far right, with his family and, below left, cradling his godson
Richy with sister Claire and brother Chris