Richard Maxwell - An Appreciation
- Published: Friday, 19 June 2020 17:54
Richard Maxwell (right) deep in conversation with TTT Chairman, Tom White, in 2008. Photograph Hugh Nightingale
I am very sorry to have to report that long-serving trustee Richard Maxwell died suddenly on March 21 2020.
Richard joined The Terrier Trust in the early "noughties" and became a Trustee in 2007. His lifelong interest in railways was rekindled when he was made redundant from the motor trade in the late 1980s. He became a volunteer at the Bluebell Railway before working as Carriage & Wagon Manager until retirement in 2012. He was a member of the Kent & East Sussex Railway and several other heritage railways and loco-owning groups and was also interested in American prototype model railways, attending model shows throughout the year. His other passion was classic cars and he enjoyed showing his own cars at classic car events, driving to and from the shows in them.
Richard was a friendly and engaging colleague and had a depth of knowledge and insight that we valued. He brought his experience at the Bluebell Railway (which has two Terriers of its own) and the wider heritage movement to the trustee team, providing a different perspective that helped our deliberations. Through his wider railway interests, Richard was also able to suggest a contact who supplied some very helpful advice about drafting some key wording in the constitution for the new CIO.
Last year, Richard had told me that he intended to step down at the 2020 AGM. I had been looking forward to making a thank you speech to recognise his retirement and present him with a memento of our appreciation for his contribution to the Trust, rather than this obituary.