Very sad news. One of the Ealing Exiles’ stalwarts in times of need, Richard Bull, who also played and captained Old Actonians RFC, died on Sunday 11th December 2016.
Richard was a personal friend of mine, and was a pleasure to play both against and with. He would play in any position without giving it a second thought. By profession he was a number 8, but would happily play any front five position, and even helped out at scrum half. He stepped back from nothing and left everything on the pitch for whichever side he was playing for. We became friends when he was captain of OA’s IIs many years ago, as my opposite man. He was part of the Exiles side that won the Northolt Tournament in April 2013, and can be seen bottom right in this team shot, showing his usual enthusiastic happy self. Rugby was one of his loves, and if he wasn’t playing for OAs or we were playing a tournament and he could make it he would turn out for The Exiles.
He will be greatly missed, deepest commiserations to those he has left behind.
Old Actonian’s posted the following details. There should be a sizeable Exiles presence to pay our respects to Richard and his family.
The funeral of Richard Bull (Bully) will take place on:
Friday 13th January
At 12 noon, arrive by 11.45am
At Mortlake Crematorium
Kew Meadow Path
The Wake will take place from 1.30pm at:
Old Actonians Rugby Club
Gunnersbury Drive (off Popes Lane)
If you are planning to attend either or both, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
with your name and connection eg work colleague, Old Actonians, school, that way we will have an idea of numbers.
Flowers are welcome or if preferred a donation can be made to the Salvation Army via a web page set up in Ric’s name at http://www.love2donate.co.uk/inmemory/identify_name.php…
or donations can be made directly to the Salvation Army, or at the funeral.
From Tanya Bull and Carole,Tony, Andrew and Christopher Bull.