ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of Richard McTigue. 
Posted by Dave Stubbins on April 2, 2021
I met Richard as a passenger on Northern Rail trains along with the other guards who I loved to have a chat to or just smile at. Quite often I'd be on the train in my Museum of Transport Manchester tee shirt because I'd been on volunteer duty that day. Richard picked up on that and told me he had a common interest in buses. In the Trans Pennine days when there was an area often at the rear of the train for persons with disabilities and if unoccupied therefore a large area to chat even if the seating was less comfortable. If Richard was guarding, and the relevant bit was at the rear, I would sit in that area and once he'd done his ticket checks, he would come and join me and between Preston and Lancaster we could talk buses and beer.
Richard was for a while part owner of a former Barrow Corporation bus which is now in the ownership of the Workington Transport Heritage Trust.

Posted by Ray Smith on April 1, 2021
Always a gentleman Richard.You will be sorely missed.RIP mate
Posted by Kat Leatherbarrow on March 31, 2021
Knowing you was a privilege, I loved your stories and random facts or as you called them useless information. You made me laugh so much, you will be missed.
Posted by Toni Fisher on March 30, 2021
You were a wonderful friend & colleague & will be missed greatly by us all. Keep smiling Richard, you could light up a room with your cheeky grin & will never be forgotten ❤
Posted by Geoff waddingham on March 28, 2021
Richard was a good friend and colleague.always had time for everyone.i remember sitting spare many times listening to his tales of a variety of topics.i also enjoyed playing chess with Richard while spare,the only time his was serious and concentrating. You will be forever missed. RIP
Posted by Paul Barker on March 27, 2021
The railway family at Barrow and the wider area have lost a most friendly, passionate and skilled member of the Conductor Team. A superb mentor to myself, back in 2014, when I joined Transpennine Express. A very well respected and much loved colleague by everyone at Northern. Goodnight Richard, the loss saddens me deeply - you will be very much missed...
Posted by Emma Head on March 27, 2021
Richard, you really did have time for everyone you met. You were such a genuine and kind man. I know how well respected you were by everyone, and we really are poorer without you here. Sending love to all those lucky enough to have known you.
Posted by Matt Green on March 27, 2021
What a legend and gent of a man. Time for everyone and always with a smile. I feel privileged to have met you Richard not only as a work friend but also as a friend to share walking miles with, the outdoors, beers and laughs afterwards. I’m sorry we never did managed to get out on the kayaks together but that might of been after hearing how you got rescued by the captain of a steamer on Windermere that put me off. The world is a poorer place with you now gone but ours are richer for meeting you and spending time with you. RIP mate and keep a watch out for us out in the hills. My thoughts go out to your wife, son and rest of the family including your dysfunctional railway family. 
Posted by Simom Porter on March 27, 2021
I'm still so shocked this has happened. There's no doubt that his passing will leave a massive hole both with his friends and family but also amongst his friends on the railway. I've already heard so many lovely stories and memories from colleagues at work there's no doubt he was an amazing character. I feel privaliged to have worked, chatted and most importantly laughed with Richard he was a top bloke. Already missing you mate x
Posted by Sion Adorian on March 27, 2021
Richard I’d known you since St Columbas when I used to sit on your table to make sure you ate your lunch . Meeting up with you again on the railway showed me what great man you had become funny , clever, kind and always smiling
You will be missed so much by us all from work and you’ve left a hole that won’t be filled . Thinking of your family too .
Rest in peace xx
Posted by Rob Connolly on March 27, 2021
A true gentleman with a brilliant sense of humour and a zest for life, going to miss working alongside him! RIP Mr McTigue ❤️❤️
Posted by Dave SMITH on March 27, 2021
A great man, and a fantastic role model. He will be remembered well.
Posted by Terence Muldoon-smith on March 27, 2021
One of the best I've ever worked with such a lovely fella always had time for people,I'm gutted for his family, still finding it hard to believe that he his no longer with us RIP Richard
Posted by Steven Gomersall on March 27, 2021
Like a hour glass sands slip through time
Another sole taken before his time
Like the tree of life with bark of old
It’s branches baring all good soles
Eyelids heavy sky so grey
Tears of love are shed today
Hearts are broken full of pain
But up in heaven you will work gods train .
Gummy 2021

In my 33 yrs on the railway it’s not often anyone can say “Iv not heard a bad word spoken about someone “ but in your case it’s true . That is the biggest tribute I can give to you mate . You were a true gentleman Richard and from one Walney lad / railwayman to another Go work that Starlight Express for the Big Fella until the rest of us join you .
Gummy and Amanda .
Posted by Jackie Northall on March 26, 2021
So sad to hear this news, and although I didn't know him too well, our paths crossed a few times over the last 12 months. Deepest sympathy for the loss of a decent guy, RIP and thoughts to his family.
Posted by Paul Eccles on March 26, 2021
Such a sad loss. You were another one taken far too early mate. You'll not only be missed by your family and friends outside the railway but the family we have within the railway will miss you massively. I don't think I've ever seen you without a smile on your face and you always made me laugh. It's been an absolute honour to have been classed as one of your friends. You'll always have a place in my heart Richard you were one of life's true gentlemen. Take care of your mum now matey .. love Eky x also to Richards family I'm so sorry for your loss xx take care x
Posted by Antony Towers on March 26, 2021
Don't know why, but I feel like I knew you Richard and am so sad to hear of your passing R.I.P.
Posted by Phil Wallis on March 25, 2021
Richard. You were a thoroughly nice chap and a pleasure to chat with. You'll be sorely missed by everyone. RIP my friend.

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Posted by Dave Stubbins on April 2, 2021
I met Richard as a passenger on Northern Rail trains along with the other guards who I loved to have a chat to or just smile at. Quite often I'd be on the train in my Museum of Transport Manchester tee shirt because I'd been on volunteer duty that day. Richard picked up on that and told me he had a common interest in buses. In the Trans Pennine days when there was an area often at the rear of the train for persons with disabilities and if unoccupied therefore a large area to chat even if the seating was less comfortable. If Richard was guarding, and the relevant bit was at the rear, I would sit in that area and once he'd done his ticket checks, he would come and join me and between Preston and Lancaster we could talk buses and beer.
Richard was for a while part owner of a former Barrow Corporation bus which is now in the ownership of the Workington Transport Heritage Trust.

Posted by Ray Smith on April 1, 2021
Always a gentleman Richard.You will be sorely missed.RIP mate
Posted by Kat Leatherbarrow on March 31, 2021
Knowing you was a privilege, I loved your stories and random facts or as you called them useless information. You made me laugh so much, you will be missed.
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Shared by Dave Stubbins on April 1, 2021
I met Richard as a passenger on Northern Rail trains along with the other guards who I loved to have a chat to or just smile at. Quite often I'd be on the train in my Museum of Transport Manchester tee shirt because I'd been on volunteer duty that day. Richard picked up on that and told me he had a common interest. In the Trans Pennine days when there was an area often at the rear of the train for persons with disabilities and if unoccupied therefore a large area to chat even if the seating was less comfortable. If Richard was guarding, and the relevant bit was at the rear, I would sit in that area and once he'd done his ticket checks, he would come and join me and between Preston and Lancaster we could talk buses and beer.
Richard was for a while part owner of a former Barrow Corporation bus which is now in the ownership of the Workington Transport Heritage Trust.

A valued colleague who will be missed by the railway family, and customers

Shared by Chris Jackson on April 1, 2021
The number of messages received since the sad news of Richards passing reflects how much he was respected and loved by his customers and the railway family. From all of the leadership team at Northern I would like to offer my sincere condolences to Richards family. We have lost a valued colleague who will be sorely missed. All our thoughts are with you. Chris Jackson, Regional Director Northern Trains