Richard Portrait
Richard (Sir Rich) Tchoutezo
  • 43 years old
  • Date of birth: Dec 18, 1972
  • Date of passing: Jan 24, 2016
Let the memory of Richard (Sir Rich) be with us forever

This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Richard (Sir Rich) Tchoutezo, 43, born on December 18, 1972 and suddenly passed away on January 24, 2016. We will remember him forever.

Breaking News: Additional viewing opportunity

A viewing has been arranged on the Friday 26th February 2016 from 11am-3pm at the T. Cribb & Son Funeral Directors Victoria House, 10 Woolwich Manor Way, London E6 5PA. It will be an opportunity to get as many as possible to come and pay their respect as on the memorial day itself, we'll have just under 30mins before mass for laying in state, viewing and tributes.

A celebration of Richard Tchoutezo’s life will be held on the 27th of February 2016 as follows:

Requiem Mass: 12.30pm at Our Lady of Sorrows Roman Catholic Church, Bird-in-Bush, Peckham, London, SE15 1RH.

Wake-keep: 7.30pm till late at 
Selinas Lane, Dagenham, RM8 1QH (Opposite Dairy Crest Milk Industry)

As a community let us come together to give him a befitting send off. Your donation will be greatly appreciated. 
An account has been set up for this purpose.

Sort Code: 40-02-00
Acct Num: 18138214
IBAN: GB86MIDL40020018138214
Acct Name: Kenfack Shalo Zita  

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Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Olive Ndungo on 14th April 2016

"‘‘The day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will be dissolved with fervent heat, and the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up… (2 Peter 3:10)’’

I wonder why the scriptures will be fulfilled on me??? Exactly in the night did He come and stole you from me. I have not been able to recover from the shock when I got that phone call late in the night of the 24/01/2016 that you were found motionless on the floor… Oh! My beloved brother! What really happened??? Only God could tell. It has taken me quite a while to put up this tribute as I thought somehow along the line; you will ring me to say you only had a very deep sleep. It was our tradition (you & I) to wish each other a blessed week at the dawn of every Monday – but I never heard from you and waited in vain till now. Several other Mondays have come and gone, and I must confirm I’m already missing your gentle and consoling wishes. You were definitely the definition of a TRUE BROTHER. But little did I know you were a candle in the wind? I thank God for the heart of GOLD you had, through which you have impacted thousands of lives. You were full of unquestionable diverse multi-talents which the world will miss today – the reason why I personally fondly called you RICARDO. You were so generous and kind hearted; loving, caring, and always go the extra mile to make others comfortable even at your own detriment. However, I will always be very proud of you because even though you are gone, you still remain an icon in which through your works, the world will live to remember you.
Adieu Ricardo…
Your loving Petite Seour:

This tribute was added by Maureen Joy O'Connor on 23rd February 2016

"My uncle was a kindhearted man and was always generous towards his beloved family and friends.  We had our ups and downs, but to me, he was like an Angel sent down from heaven.  As I grew older I was no longer able to live with my uncle,so unfortunately I only saw him at contact for 2 hours every 3 months.  When I visited him I would treasure the moments.  He would always greet me with heart warming hugs and give mea traditional African meal which was always delicious.

As we sit here today,  he will be up in heaven remembering us.  I loved my uncle and I am sure he loved me too.

From your beloved niece Laurita Mafo Ndungo
Age 9
23 February 2016"

This tribute was added by Terfot Ngwana on 23rd February 2016

"Oh Richard! I learnt of your passing on as great shock. You were one of the most dynamic guys in our Cameroonian community here in the UK.
May your soul rest in perfect peace my friend and may the almighty God accept you in his kingdom.

Dr Ngwana"

This tribute was added by Robert Rees on 22nd February 2016

"Richard was a very kind and funny man who I remembered helping me and spent time chatting with when I worked at the CAB. He introduced me to many Cameroon events and people, which has brought me lots of wonderful moments and memories. He never asked for anything in return. I hadn't seen Richard for nearly 10 years and it is very sad to see that he has passed away so suddenly. My condolences to his family and friends. I am sad that we lost contact for so long but I will remember him with fond memories."

This tribute was added by Claudine Abangma on 21st February 2016

"Life at best is very brief. Fare thee well Sir Rich. RIP"

This tribute was added by Lefem Asaatong Fontem on 20th February 2016

"Rich, the level-headed, resourceful, tunnel-vision community trailblazer. Farewell Mr CaCoWeDA !

With every ounce of condolences to the bereaved.

Fuaseh'ngong Fontem,
Kingston-on-Thames, 20Feb2016"

This tribute was added by Sandy Cinthia on 17th February 2016

"It was such a shock hearing of you passing away, just a few months ago we were talking about the next Miss Cameroon UK and created a What’s App group! and all of a sudden this, so unexpected but yet so real ☹.  It was great knowing you and working with you on the last two pageants.  
May your soul rest in perfect peace Richard, and may the Lord God Almighty welcome you to His Kingdom.  You were such a dynamic person and you certainly left your mark in the UK Cameroonian community.  I pray for your family In Jesus Name that they find courage and strength in this very difficult time."

This tribute was added by Richard Dohnji on 17th February 2016

"Rich this is unbelievably a sad news to hear of your early departure from this world at such an active young age. Truly only God our creator knows why you are called this early. You were a good man in all your deeds and your earthly legacy will remain in our hearts forever.
May your good soul Rest In Peace (RIP) with The Lord as you make your spiritual journey to eternity.
Your entire family are in our prayers at this difficult time and may God grant them strength, unity and guidance"

This tribute was added by Alba Mason on 16th February 2016

"RIP  big man

Condolences  to the family and friends of Richard T.  Heaven is a place where all the good are cherished...."

This tribute was added by Bibi Kouame on 16th February 2016

"Dear Rich, we lack words to express our sorrow. Rest in Peace and may almighty keep your family at peace and strong. Love you Bibi Kouame and family"

This tribute was added by Stephen Nfor on 16th February 2016

"Richard or Rich as I used to call you, the shock has been beyond measure and no words can express how empty the Cameroonian Community feels at the moment with your passing. Adieu my brother and keep on lighting the way while up there with the Angels, for the rest of us mortals. Rest in perfect peace."

This tribute was added by Christine Rugurika on 16th February 2016

"oh this is so weird
i can't believe Richard is gone.
i knew him as we worked together at VOAR,he was such a nice man, always encouraging and seeing big.
it's true i haven't been in touch for years but still, very strange to learn that he died.
i know he will be greatly missed and he was so young and I'm sure full of energy still.
may God really comfort his family and friends in this time.
life is too short!

Christine (Kayisha)"

This tribute was added by Adeline Sede on 16th February 2016

"Richard! I have been in shock, but I can not pretend anymore. Your death has made me to think again of where I come from with my business. It was one winter morning, that I received a call from you, asking me to come to London for a meeting. It was my first
Meeting in the UK as a business woman. I was scared, scared it was going to be catastrophic. You sat there with a few business gurus and you asked me some tough questions. Later you told me I will make it in this challenging environment. After that, it had been projects after projects and in each of these projects m, I was one of the first you'd call to discuss about  it. From Miss Cameroon, Majoli de londre, to etc etc, you believed in me! During the launch of  Fabafriq magazine in Birmingham, you came in all the way from London, with an entourage of people including Miss Cameroon 2011... Then you told me we have to launch the magazine in London, you advised me on strategies.... I will stop here! I won't go on cos I have reserved the rest of our story in a chapter in my book, a book you have asked me to write for a long time now! I will write this book... And the rest of our stories would be shared in it. God bless you and all that your represent. Rest in perfect peace my brother. Love you always!"

This tribute was added by Frederick Ebot Ashu on 16th February 2016

"Prayer for the dead is one of the greatest acts of charity we can perform. Our prayers help them during their time in Purgatory, so that they can enter more quickly into the fullness of heaven. These prayers are especially suited for offering a novena on
Prayer for the Dead
God our Father,
Your power brings us to birth,
Your providence guides our lives,
and by Your command we return to dust.
Lord, those who die still live in Your presence,
their lives change but do not end.
I pray in hope for my family,
relatives and friends,
and for all the dead known to You alone.

In company with Christ,
Who died and now lives,
may they rejoice in Your kingdom,
where all our tears are wiped away.
Unite us together again in one family,
to sing Your praise forever and ever.

Frederick Ebot Ashu, 9 June 2009"

This tribute was added by Frederick Ebot Ashu on 16th February 2016

"Prayer for the dead is one of the greatest acts of charity we can perform. Our prayers help them during their time in Purgatory, so that they can enter more quickly into the fullness of heaven. These prayers are especially suited for offering a novena on
Prayer for the Dead
God our Father,
Your power brings us to birth,
Your providence guides our lives,
and by Your command we return to dust.
Lord, those who die still live in Your presence,
their lives change but do not end.
I pray in hope for my family,
relatives and friends,
and for all the dead known to You alone.

In company with Christ,
Who died and now lives,
may they rejoice in Your kingdom,
where all our tears are wiped away.
Unite us together again in one family,
to sing Your praise forever and ever.

Frederick Ebot Ashu, 9 June 2009"

This tribute was added by Corine Akwo on 15th February 2016

"Rich, My Asso, WHY???? Anyway only our Good Lord has the answer. May Your Soul Rest in Perfect  Peace."

This tribute was added by fabrice yonga on 10th February 2016

"sir, rest in perfect peace! i am just speechless!"

This tribute was added by Claude Tene on 10th February 2016

"Richard rest in peace!!
So speechless!!
From your grave you can be assured that you did your utmost for your family, friends and community!!
Your vibrant personality and energy within the community will be sorely missed.
May the Lord welcome your gentle soul in his everlasting life!!"

This tribute was added by Victorine Ndikum on 10th February 2016

"May your sole rest in peace  ."

This tribute was added by Vanessa Kompressor on 10th February 2016

"RIP, gone but never  forgotten"

This tribute was added by Becky Fuam Nges on 10th February 2016

"I wish you gave us a prior warning. When tears well up in my eyes, I won't fight them. So full of life and vitality... How could such vibrancy and perfect health go wrong? Your voice still echoes in my ears. I have a hard  time admitting you are gone. Your memory is forever engraved. Adieu Sir Rich"

This tribute was added by Terry Tchoutezo on 10th February 2016

"Dad, my role model, my hero, you brought me up to respect my elders and fight for what’s right. There was so much things I wanted to do with you in the near future, and there was so much questions I wanted to ask. Who will I go to for advice now that you’re gone? Who will help me become a man? You had so much knowledge and experience which you didn’t get to share with me. However I promise I will study hard so I can become successful like you. I will always cherish all the good times we had together, and all the places you took Shelly and I.
Dad, you where my inspiration I looked up to you for guidance, I hope one day I will become a great man like you. I wish you were still hear with me, I still needed your guidance. However now you’re gone I have to make it alone, but I promise I will not let your hard work go in vain. I promise to keep your good name. I promise to look after mum and shelly and I promise to be a good person as                                                                                 you continue to watch over us from heaven as we grow older. You will always be in my heart. I will always love and miss you dad.

By Terry Tchoutezo"

This tribute was added by vivian m fombasso on 10th February 2016

"Just a few weeks ago we had many plans for the children, but you never said you will be leaving us so soon. Why rich? What about Shelly and Terry? How will I start to explain this to them. My first love, my friend, father of our two children, we miss you so much. You were the one I looked up to for support and care and advice. Our children future was in your hands. Terry is now 17 years, he needs you now more than ever. You know how difficult they get at this age. How will I manage? Who should I call when terry is not in school? Why now rich? Now that you are gone, where will I start? I always stayed back and relaxed because I knew you were they for them, and I am really struggling to accept this rich. I can’t get answers to your passing. What will I do now on my own with these children?
However I know you have gone to prepare a better place for us in heaven. So for now I say, good bye my love, my children’s dad. I will keep hold of the good times we spend together, I will forever love and miss you. May your soul rest in peace, until we meet again."

This tribute was added by Elijah Jemchi on 10th February 2016

"Richard; Sir Richard so it is true you are gone. I have been living in denial until a few days ago. May your soull rest in peace. We did so many things together; CACOWEDA; Miss Cameroon UK; Designer Saturday school; etc: Even now Cameroon Business Council: My first person to consult when I faced any difficult issue in UK and there were many: Wise beyond his years. We won many battles together. My main legal adviser. I promised we shall enjoy some fruits together one day; not knowing you will depart so soon: On a thread mill; now that is the Richard I know: Health conscious always: I too exercise every morning and will not stop now. When death comes it comes. Zita I thank you for allowing us to share this tribute. we are all mourning our loved one sir Richard. God bless you and may his soul rest in peace: Elijah in Cameroon."

This tribute was added by Angie Boum on 10th February 2016

"Speechless!!! Sr Rich, May your Soul rest in perfect peace!"

This tribute was added by Mary Bessong on 10th February 2016

"Rich its with so much disbelief to hear of your demise, having spoken to you a couple of days back, I could not take it in, until  I spoke to Barrister Nkafu. Rich you were such an inspiration to me at Origin Unite and I will always cherish the times we spent together. Two days before your demise you were asking me to join Living Well group, and you shared great testimonials with me. How can this happen Rich? You were so full of life, and you touched so many lives. Thank God for the time he gave you to us on earth, Great leader. I pray that God grant your wife and kids the fortitude to bear this great loss. I will miss you Rich, but you will always be in our hearts  forever. Goodbyes are not forever, they simply mean miss you till we meet again. Your Love , your voice and your smile are forever imprinted in our minds. So loved and so missed.  Rest well in the bosom of the Lord."

This tribute was added by shelly Tchoutezo on 9th February 2016

"My father, my hero, the man I looked up to is gone. It was such a sudden death. When I found out I was speechless. I thought how could my father, the healthiest man I know die? He was the one who told my brother and i not to eat too much junk food. He was the one who ran on a treadmill every day to keep himself healthy. Who knew that upon that treadmill he would die a sudden death?

My father died at the worst possible time for me. This is the time I need him most. As you may or may not know, I’m in year 9 going to year 10. This is one of the most important times of my life, because I have to decide which classes I want to take for GCSE’s. These decisions will determine who I become and what I do in life. For a while now I’ve been confused. Confused about who I wanted to be and what I wanted to do. All I knew is that whatever I become, I want to help people. My father suggested I become a lawyer like him. At first I wasn’t sure, but about a month ago we talked about it and I found it very interesting. We were only talking about driving cars and the rules of the road but….  It was a conversation I enjoyed, and one I will never forget. He also told me about a friend of his that he thought could help me become a lawyer. But now he’s gone, who will help me? How will I become a lawyer and fulfil my dream of helping people and making their life better? He also promised to help me with my job experiences and later on help me find some good jobs because he knew some good companies. However he can’t do that anymore because he’s gone.

There was so many things I didn’t get to ask my dad. So many things we didn’t get to do, and can never do now that he’s gone.

My father was a poet. When I was young my father taught me how to write poems. So here is a special poem I wrote for him.

Dad, you have surprised us all,
How could the healthiest man I know suddenly fall,
You were up on a treadmill every day,
Who knew that upon it you would die in a terrible way,
I wish you were here, I wish you weren’t gone,
How could you leave me, terry and mum,
You always put others before yourself,
But you were never so careless with your health,
If only I knew you were sick,
But to yourself you kept that secret,  
But I know up in heaven you lay,
Serving the Lord, with a smile on your face,  
I hope you look upon us all along the way,
For this isn’t the end,  
One day all of our, soul’s will ascend,
And in heaven we will meet again.
By Shelly Tchoutezo"

This tribute was added by Zita Shalo on 9th February 2016

"You never said you were leaving us
You never said goodbye
You were gone before we knew
Only God knows why.

You were the founder of the UK Cameroonian charity CACOWEDA which helped to change a lot of UK Cameroonians’ lives for the better.

You were also the founder of the Miss Cameroon UK Pageant bringing the community’s youths together.

One of your beliefs in life was the importance of being authentic with people, saying what needed to be said because it was good for relationship and for the soul.

Unfinished business causes pain and having peace is essential for a healthy and joyful life.

I always admired how you never judged or forced your opinions on anyone, but offered valuable and truthful advice that many will surely miss.

You were loving and real. You were a wonderful father, brother, uncle to your extended family and laid a strong foundation for them.

Richard Tchoutezo aka Sir Rich  you really are a  multi-talented personality commanding a high sense of respect amongst the Cameroonian  and wider community in the UK and abroad, for your professionalism, strategic leadership skills, business know-how and entrepreneurial spirit.
You also co-founded the Cameroon Business Council, the EYGP Training & Consultancy groups, who have done many projects both in the UK and abroad.

Most recently you were appointed the Vice President of the MLM Company Origin Unite and then co-founded the Living Well Group promoting healthy living world-wide, Africa in particular.

You were anxiously looking forward to the birth of your third child.

                                                                                                 By Charles Mambo"

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