We have long years of happy memories of Richard. He was a very intelligent, amusing and generous man, with a great sense of humour, taken away too soon by his lengthy illness. He will be sadly missed by family, friends and anyone who had the privilege of knowing him. Our thoughts are with Barbara and the family. Pauline and Roderick
I've known Rob since school and have so many memories of his dad over the years – he had a cracking personality and made an impression on everyone he met. He will be very sorely missed – the world won't be quite the same without him. Sending lots of love to his family and everyone he left behind - Paige and the Toons xxx
I have fond memories of Richard - growing up in Pinkneys Green where I regularly visited his family home to play with Robert. After the family moved to Fowlescombe I remember our fun time visiting to watch the solar eclipse and most recently to attend Rob and Jess' happy wedding. Thank you Richard for always making me and Rob’s other friends feel welcome in your fun and happy homes.
I will never forget Richard taking me through my 'road to Damascus' moment on his first SIN course for the CEGB in the week Oracle UK was born. He was a real inspiration and I believe the software industry has still to re-catch up with his ideas about analysis and development. Many thanks Richard!
A great patron and mentor, Robert and I will be forever grateful for Richard's belief and investment in our architectural practice. His legacy lives on through our work and through his children's homes which will benefit many generations of Barker's and others to come. Fowlescombe Farm - his own home and vision was described by then RIBA president George Ferguson as a 'rural utopia'. He will be sadly missed but his drive, values and virtues live on through his children, and of course Robert with whom I have the pleasure of working with every day.
We only knew Richard a few short years. He was a lovely man who included everyone in his circle with generosity and love. He made our daughter a welcome and valued member of their family and was so looking forward to being a wonderful grandfather to baby Gilbert. Richard will leave a big hole in many of our lives. We will miss his presence more than we can say. Sandra, Des, Rebecca in Australia and Rupert.
Richard, when he worked at Oracle, had tremendous enthusiasm for innovation and doing things well and influenced a generation of Consultants of which I was one. He was one of the main characters at Oracle, we were blessed with frighteningly intelligent and quirky personalities in several of our directors, they made life interesting and the world is a less rich place without them. I learnt a lot from Richard when I worked for him and I will always remember those times fondly.
Richard was one of my best friends, and very much cherished by my family. Our association started in 1986, after my then-manager at Oracle, Jeff Walker, met Richard and told me he’d found another person quite like me (OK, he said he found that terrifying, but I’m pretty sure he was joking!). Though we lived on different continents, we managed to find dozens of opportunities to work together. I was consistently impressed with Richard’s intelligence, thoroughness, level-headedness, and deep sense of ethics. We shared a lifelong delight in thinking about and tackling abstract and complex problems, from business challenges to world problems. This shared interest only added depth to what were already strong common interests and friendship. We enjoyed sharing wonderful vacations in England, France, Alaska, and Yosemite that are cherished memories to Lois, our daughter Emily, and me. We shared also a quirky sense of humor, not always appreciated by those around us nearly as much as we appreciated our own humor. We have lost a wonderful friend, but we will remember and be inspired by him the rest of our lives.
Richard was a friend and mentor and by far the very best manager I have ever worked for. He taught me a great deal that has endured for all the years I have been working, and like so many, make use of the wisdom he imparted on a daily basis. He was more than just a great manager though, he was compasionate and caring too and a great source of strength when times were difficult. He Involved the whole family and understood how important family support is. Jeanette and I will remember the Oracle days as formative in the lives of the whole family and Richard played a big part in that. Richard you will be missed by many, and your legacy will be an enduring one.