Let the memory of Richard be with us forever
  • 49 years old
  • Born on August 28, 1963 in Manchester, United Kingdom.
  • Passed away on August 15, 2013 in Zurich, Switzerland.

This memorial website was created in the memory of our loved one, Richard Artley, 49, born on August 28, 1963 and passed away on August 15, 2013. We will remember him forever.

On this site you are invited to share your thoughts of Richard as a memorial or in the stories area you can recount in greater depth specific events when Richard may have touched your life. 

Posted by Ros Brown on 29th August 2018
Happy Birthday Richard. Can’t really believe it is 5 years since you left us. Thinking of you as always and miss you. X
Posted by Marie-Jeanne Van Engelen on 28th August 2018
Happy Birthday Richard. Most of all I remember your love for fun. Wonderful to read the tributes of family and friends. You touched so many with you original views and limitless knowledge. Mischa Bonn once described you as "Richard has a 360 degree IQ" as your interests ranged from art, music, sciences, language, dance, and more than anything: how things were made. You were truly fascinated by that. This week I found your last Christmas letter you sent out to friends December 2012 expressing your hope to return to the UK and telling of the difficulties you had working at various companies in very difficult situations. So sad to read that in today's world the R&D is too expensive and investors prefer a next bit hit financially instead of fundamental research, and this is not just in your field. It is everywhere. You keep inspiring me, and I expect many others too. Thank you for your warm heart and your incredible mind. Miss you, Marie-Jeanne
Posted by Joanna Koch on 18th August 2018
Dear Richard, You were an intrigueing Member of the British Residents Association. You brought new ideas, gave evocative talks, and were a colourful figure at our Events. - I remember one talk when you traced the origins and journey of a silver decanter through destructive times in the US and then abandoned on the State Dinner Table in the Washington White House. Many, many years later you spotted it at a Zurich street market and were inspired to do this research. Thank you Richard for enriching our Association. Joanna Koch, Chairman of the N.E. Region
Posted by Daniel Kidger on 17th August 2018
I agree with Malcolm. Can’t believe it is five years already. Missing you my cousin, Daniel
Posted by Malcolm Artley on 15th August 2018
Still thinking of you, Richard. Can't believe it's 5 years since your passing. I'll drink a toast to you on your birthday as always.
Posted by Mark Kreissl on 12th January 2018
I was shocked to just discover of Richard's passing. We were in the same class for our first two years at WHGS but for many years up to that point my mother and I had purchased eggs from Richard's grandfather's farm. The only dogs I trusted for years were the standard poodles that lived there! Richard was a remarkably gifted student who maybe struggled a little on the social side at that time but who would have appeared to have blossomed as he matured, based on the pictures of him on here. I have to say that he is unrecognisable from the boy I recall. I send my belated heartfelt sympathies to all those who were close to him and assure them that through those of us who knew him his memory will live on. Sleep well, Richard.
Posted by Anthony Van Engelen on 29th August 2017
Dear Richard, Happy Birthday,would like to show you how large the kids are now. And especially how well Valentina is doing, thank you for inspiring me during those endless periods of hospital tours with her. Truly,mind over matter,mind says most. We miss you
Posted by Marie-Jeanne Van Engelen on 29th August 2017
Happy Birthday dear Richard. Thinking of you this week in California and sharing your insight and creativity. You remain an inspiration. Wish you were here to enjoy the sunny beaches and wonderful summer.
Posted by Marie-Jeanne Van Engelen on 19th August 2016
Miss you off course. Our on going dialogues. You are such an inspiration, so many great memories. Thank you
Posted by Ros Brown on 28th August 2015
Dearest Richard, you would have been 52 today and I would have been calling you to catch up on your latest adventures and wish you a very happy birthday. I can't believe that it is 2 years since you left us. I have looked through all the photos here again and it has raised a smile and a tear. I miss you, and my thoughts are with you, especially today.
Posted by Marie-Jeanne Van Engelen on 28th August 2015
Dear Richard, Same birthday as Goethe and this day Le Corbusier died. Great minds who set new standards and had influence on many ideas and people. You keep inspiring me. I have never met anyone like you. Your 360 degree IQ and look at the world was just amazing. You combined this mind with a big HEART. Miss you especially today, Marie-Jeanne
Posted by Keith Simons on 5th July 2015
I was just reviewing my facebook friends, and saw that Richard's page was now "remembering". I worked with Richard at Avantium in Amsterdam. Workwise it was all a very turbulent time - but Richard would always bring a much needed sense of fun. Being the eccentric Brit abroad was of course his speciality. We last met up in Zurich a few years back. He will be sadly missed by those that knew him
Posted by Marie-Jeanne Van Engelen on 28th August 2014
Happy Birthday dear Richard, you are missed
Posted by Philip Meyers on 20th August 2014
"I am touched by two magical Murder Mystery evenings that Richard orchestrated at his wonderful Herengracht apartment in the late 1990s. The combination of eclectic international guests (in costume), wonderful food, amazing old vintage wines and the intrigue of finding the 'murderer' has left an indelible memory of Richard's sense of fun and generous spirit as a consummate host.'
Posted by Susanna Foels on 9th December 2013
I met Richard during this week in 2011, in Vienna. We worked together on a geothermal project and enjoyed a wonderful camaraderie even though we worked together for a relatively short amount of time. I admired and appreciated his brilliant mind and the precision and grace with which he navigated relationships as a consultant embedded in a large Austrian company. He communicated with a truthfulness and authenticity which was disarming and clear. I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to know him; and, I wish to express my sincere condolences to his family.
Posted by Marie-Jeanne Van Engelen on 21st November 2013
A big thank you ! You inspire me to think out of the box, every day. So much inspiration from our dialogues, ranging from sustainability, architecture, building communities, to breakthrough technology, opera, painting, asian art, Japan, English economy, a mix of it all and you name it. Amazing insight and warm friendship - Your thoughts and ideas I hold dear. Thank you.
Posted by Bernard Uttley on 12th November 2013
I knew Richard for many years and apart from the BRA and Cambridge Assoc meetings my most charming memory was at an antiques auction in Erlenbach, Lake of Zurich. An amazing coincidence! His knowledge was tremendously detailed about history and value of objects. We quickly agreed not to compete on bidding. We will always remember his charm and wit and laugh.
Posted by Jonathan Greenway on 20th October 2013
I knew Richard over eleven years in Switzerland through the BRA, though I live in Luzern. We would on occasion share a glass of wine, or meal, the last in the Baur de Lac hotel. Richard was a very kind & generous man, helping with patent questions for my Sister. With a great privilege that I helped him with a heavy item of Greek art, traverse the Zurich streets to his home. God bless him.
Posted by Antony Hurden on 9th October 2013
When Richard worked in Cambridge, at Scientific Generics, it was a company of eccentrics, extroverts, and extremely bright people. Yet Richard stood head and shoulders above most of them - many of the characteristics that others have reported at Discworld conferences were present to colleagues every day and his warm, generous heart was a fascinating counter-point. Much missed.
Posted by Joanna Koch on 22nd September 2013
Richard was a dedicated member of the British Residents Association of Switzerland, giving us many memorable talks and guided tours, on the art world and its frauds, history, Tutanchamon, Dürer and much more . His depth of knowledge was fantastic. Yet he was equally at home as MC for social lunches or organising successful raffles. We miss you Richard, you live on in our memories.
Posted by Daniel Kidger on 17th September 2013
I am one of Richard's cousins. I came to the memorial service at St. Clements yesterday, sitting next to my mother (who was married there many years ago). . It was very moving and emotional Particularly poignant were the words or remembrance spoken by Malcom and Ros and of course the personal message from Terry P. He will be very much missed.
Posted by Ros Brown on 16th September 2013
Today was the memorial for Richard at St Clement's church in Chorlton. The family would like to thank all those who were able to attend and who sent very kind messages of condolence. Richard was well remembered today and we hope this website continues to receive your thoughts and memories of him in the future.
Posted by Alison Weathers on 14th September 2013
On behalf of long-serving Discworld and Pratchett ezine 'WOSSNAME', newshound Alison and editor Annie Mac would like to add their condolences. It is plain from the tributes and photographs that Richard added great spirit and enthusiasm to the Discworld events and will be missed and never forgotten
Posted by Anna Marie Hew on 7th September 2013
Dear Mr. Fraser Today I tried to call Richard, I am living at Zinnengasse, very near to his home. I am very sad about the News. If I can bei of any help to his parents etc., send an E-Mail. I miss him. Thank you. Anna Marie
Posted by Gloria Miller on 4th September 2013
I worked with Richard for a short while in Switzerland. (I am American.) Richard was so funny and fun to work with that I was always happy to see him. He also knew so many different and esoteric things; it made him a very, very interesting person to be around. I am very sad about his passing away. He has a warm place in my heart!
Posted by Sue Kenworthy on 4th September 2013
Richard was instrumental in the success of our Australian Discworld Convention 2011 Auction. He shared his knowledge and experience of running such events completely unselfishly. I really appreciated his practical advice and I know that the success we enjoyed was due to his mentoring. He will be missed, and not just for his auctioneering skills but also his amazing personal presence.
Posted by Gerhard Plasonig on 3rd September 2013
22 years of working together is a long long time to get to know someone. And yet, Richard managed to surprise me time and time again. With his knowledge, his way of looking at business, technology and innovation, but also with his big heart and always open mind. 22 years, my friend, and now you moved on. Alone. Best of luck, Richard.
Posted by Emily Whitten on 3rd September 2013
I knew Richard via the Discworld cons of 2008 -2013. Richard was always good company and a good conversationalist, and I enjoyed several chats with him, including at NADWCon 2013. He will be missed. Emily Whitten Vice Chair, NADWCon 2009; Chair, NADWCon 2011
Posted by Helen Nicholls on 3rd September 2013
It's years since I last saw Richard but I remember him as being very jolly. One Wincanton event when I was dressed as the opera ghost I was unable to tie my bow-tie and was frantically asking if anyone knew how to do it. I was directed to Richard, who obliged. I recall him commenting that at least I didn't have one of the "ghastly" clip on ones. I am very sorry to hear that he has died.
Posted by MEG . on 1st September 2013
Richard, or Sir Joshua Lavish as we knew him at Discworld Conventions, was the driving force behind the charity auctions at the events. His humour, intellect, charm, anecdotes and costumes were always guaranteed and his passing will leave a void which cannot be filled. Bless you, Richard. We'll meet again over a glass of good wine. MEG. Chairman, Discworld Convention 2006.
Posted by Marti Sterin on 31st August 2013
I first saw Richard at the 2009 NADWCON banquet. No one could wear robes the way he did. And that voice! Had he given me an order I would have obeyed. Since then I have seen him several times in a suit or formal dress. To me, that appeared to be his natural wardrobe. We Americans don't know very much about royalty but when I saw dressed like that I felt that I was in its presence. RIP
Posted by Vicky Sugarbean on 31st August 2013
i met Richard at discworld events over the last few years he was a wonderful man and a true gentleman too my condolences to his family he will be missed by all of us that had met him
Posted by Christopher Boote on 31st August 2013
Richard was a man of great character, great generosity, great love - he lived a great life He will be missed by all who knew him
Posted by Neddy Kho on 31st August 2013
I met Richard twice during Discworld Conventions, and bought him a drink. Such a lovely man, with a magnificent presence. I will miss him. My sincerest condolences to his family. Please know that he is very much in the hearts of many, many people.
Posted by Nick Caulfield on 31st August 2013
Like many people here I knew Richard from Discworld conventions. Lovely chap and the world is a little sadder for his absence
Posted by Pam Harrison on 31st August 2013
I knew Richard from his involvement with Discworld. He was a lovely person, forever smiling and cheerful whether dealing with the auction or introducing us to his father in the bar at the Hilton. He will be missed by so many of us. Bless you Richard.
Posted by Mark Syddall on 31st August 2013
I met Richard when he lived in Cambridge, and we were in a few amateur stage shows together before collaborating to put on two stage adaptations of Discworld books in 1995/1996. Richard is definitely missed.
Posted by Peter Holiday on 29th August 2013
A true Gentleman. Always a positive force, even in challenging circumstances. A great example for all of us to emulate. Gone, but certainly not forgotten.
Posted by John Hicks on 29th August 2013
I had the pleasure of working with Richard on the charity auction at NADWCon in in July where his dedication and experience made things run very smoothly. He was also a great story-teller and he held groups of people spellbound as he told them of his life and work. The Discworld community has lost a true gentleman, we will not forget him. John Hicks, Chairman, Discworld Convention 2014
Posted by Allan Matthews on 28th August 2013
I worked with Richard on several technology market studies. He had great insight and perception and inspired the study team with his enthusiasm and boundless energy. Never a negative word from Richard; always a force for good. The world is poorer for your loss Richard. Allan Matthews, University of Sheffield, UK
Posted by Ulisa Fletcher on 28th August 2013
I met Richard at a Discworld Convention years ago - he had a terrific costume, he turned out to be a lovely, lively, man that weekend. I helped him a bit at the last Auction. I looked for him at the Tribal gatherings at Wincanton as well. Always smiling, always happy to be there. I will look again this 'Hogswatch' and I will miss his company.
Posted by Malcolm Brown on 28th August 2013
Although I have not seen you very much, I still feel the loss when I speak to Ros and Arron. My thoughts are with you all at this very sad time.you will always live on in the memory of all your loved ones. Happy birthday Richard.
Posted by Marie-Jeanne Van Engelen on 28th August 2013
Richard was a dear friend and I met him during his years in Amsterdam. He also became friends with my entire family and they all send their deepest condolences to the entire Artley family. Richard has a special place in all our hearts.
Posted by Pernilla Plasonig on 28th August 2013
Dear Richard - today would have been your 50th birthday. We would have wished to be able to celebrate this with you. We, your work colleagues in Zurich, would have sung "Happy Birthday" - in "key L" - as you used to point out with a big smile at our birthday celebrations in the office.......We miss you. Take care where ever you are, and until later.....
Posted by Ricarda Krenn on 28th August 2013
I met Richard a few years ago at the DWCon in Birmingham and was shocked to hear he had passed away. He was a funny, intelligent and brilliant man and will be missed. RIP Sir Joshua Lavish!
Posted by Beth Warner on 28th August 2013
Richard was such a larger than life presence at the Discworld cons. He did hard and meticulous work with the auctions and there will be a real sense of loss without him on so many levels. His costumes were always wonderfully memorable as was his humour. He will be missed.
Posted by Jan Uzzell on 28th August 2013
Like many people, I knew Richard from Discworld - the many wonderful costumes he had and the intricate characters he portrayed. I only spoke with him a few times & each time he was fascinating to listen to. I was looking forward to seeing Sir Joshua Lavish again, but will raise a glass instead to a real gentleman - RIP Richard
Posted by Jason Anthony on 28th August 2013
I didn't know Richard well but had meet him briefly at various Discworld events and remember him for his flamboyant costumes and cheery disposition. Richard was responsible for the wonderful organisation of the Charity events at the Discworld Cons and we and the many charities he helped own Richard a debt of gratitude.
Posted by Brian Nisbet on 28th August 2013
Richard was such a huge part of the Discworld Conventions, they simply shall not be the same without him. He did so much for the con and so much for charity. We will remember him and miss him at cons, at gatherings and especially during the auctions. Brian Nisbet Chairman, Discworld Convention 2010 & 2012
Posted by Arron Brown on 28th August 2013
Happy 50th birthday today Richard - you are missed.

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