Ruth Paul has asked this to be distributed on Fylde’s media channels.
“I would like to thank everyone for their kind thoughts and comments about Ric, to me personally, via sympathy cards, letters and the many, many contributions on social media, and also the generous donations to Trinity Hospice. Ric would have been awe struck to know that he meant so much to so many friends and acquaintances at the Club and beyond. My sincere thanks to you all. It’s been a great comfort to me and our family at this difficult time.” Ruth Paul
The funeral cortege stopped briefly at the Woodlands Ground before setting off for the Crematorium. A group of members, including World Rugby Chairman and Fylde’s most famous son, Sir Bill Beaumont, were there to pay their tribute and the Club flag was lowered in his honour.
Friday’s funeral was conducted at Lytham Crematorium by Celebrant Phil Hudd. The eulogy was by long time friend from university days, Paul John; Ric’s sister Sue Forshaw read “He is gone” by David Harkins, and Allan Foster, representing the Club, read two verses of J R R Tolkien’s ‘The Road goes ever on’.
The music was ‘Echoes’ by Pink Floyd, ‘The Sound of Silence’ by Disturbed, and ‘The Laughing Gnome’ by David Bowie. [Ric had the last laugh with the final choice!]
Flowers, as Ruth so aptly said, “in Fylde colours of course” were by Bond & Bloom of Lytham St Annes.
The funeral was organised by David Pope of Lytham Funeral Services
Donations to Trinity Hospice via Much Loved at https://bit.ly/3fcnnF1