Personal memories of Dick Richards
Vincent Samuels was particularly elated over communicaions he had two resourceful Bermudians, MP Patricia Gordon Pamplin, and Rennie Rowling, who was a nephew of Cora Scott Gayle, the daughter-in-law of James (Dick) Richards.
The former Purvis School, Warwick headmistress married D Wesley Gayle, Mr. Richards nephew, whom he brought to Bermuda and set up in business at his Canadian Hotel. The homesteads of the Gayles and the Rowlings are yards away from the old Sunset Lodge Hotel on North Shore, Pembroke.
Mr Rowling, is a Bermuda Leopards International executive and a one time Associate Editor of the now defunct Bermuda Times Newspaper. He was able to conduct the BOSA Man on a tour of the former Sunset Lodge Hotel, now apartments, that Mr Gayle built in Pembroke West.
Bermudian Parliamentarian Mrs Gordon Pamplin was able to relate to BOSA Man first hand experiences she had with the family of Mr Richards. Mrs Pamplins father was Dr EF Gordon, who was another iconic West Indian influencing Bermudian affairs from 1925 to 1955. His historic residence was Beulah, situated on the western boundary of Ripleigh, the three-storey building atop King and Victoria Streets, that Mr Richards gave his daughter Doris as a wedding present upon her high profile marriage to Russell Levi Pearman.
Mrs Pamplin told of her childhood friendship with the Pearman daughters Carol and Terry , a situation which remained until both of their deaths, and their son Jimmy to whom she looked as an older brother.
I mentioned that my first encounter of a friendly face upon arriving in London for my further studies in 1977 was bumping into Jimmy Richards in Oxford Street. From that chance encounter, he introduced me to some of his friends who lived in South London, and with whom, all these years later, I am still friendly, she wrote.
It was interesting to hear of the links between the Pearman daughters and the Gayle daughters, Dianne and Linda, both of whom I also known as part of my formative years.
Through my friendships with Carol and Terry, I had occasion to frolic through the corridors of the Canadian Hotel, and to interact with Mr Richards during that time. While the memories thereof are a little vague due to the passage of time, if nothing else sinks in, I will remember the love that he had for his grand-daughters and they for him.
In conclusion, Mrs Patricia Gordon Pamplin wrote, May I offer my best wishes to you and your Association as you take steps to appropriately honour Mr Richards and to thank you for undertaking this initiative for which, I am sure, him family will be immensely proud.
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