Richard Havers
Service details

Richard's service was held on:-  

Thursday 18th January 2018 at Priory Church of St. George, Church Street, Dunster, Minehead, TA24 6SH    Map Here

The family kindly extended an invitation to friends and colleagues to join them at the service and the wake afterwards

A collection to help raise funds for a scanner at the hospital that treated Richard in his last days

Richard Remembered

From Chris Gilbert
Richard was a unique force in whatever he did. I often used to think he was the ultimate 'late-developer' recognising his achievements in the airline industry, rising from messenger to Vice-President and for the past 27 years in writing and music where major players like Sony and Universal Music considered him the font of all knowledge.

His approach was very different to the norm and to call him single-minded would be a huge understatement. I think everyone in BCAL recognised his considerable ability and it was no surprise that so too did Frank Lorenzo at Continental following Richards time in North America. In 1989 Continental's loss was also a loss for the airline industry but it was to become the valuable gain of the music industry and the publishing world. I do not know of anybody who excelled in these vastly different worlds as Richard did. He was a remarkable man who inspired so many people and was a consummate professional in all that he did.

I am so glad I knew him as a friend for over 40 years. Richard, may you now Rest in Peace.

From Sue Edens
I had the great pleasure to work under Richard at BCAL-Houston. He was definitely larger than life.  The last time I saw him was in a London Bar which I believe he owned or had an interest in the business.  How I wish I had stayed in touch.  I have a tear in my eyes and loss in my heart.  Condolences to his family and friends.  RIP dear friend.

From Nick Washington-JonesRIP Richard. Great man. Very sad to hear the news
From Michael Fletcher : Very sad news indeed. RIP Richard

From Ron Patterson : Sad to read this, condolences to his family.

From Richard Webster : Very sad to hear about the passing away of Richard Havers. I had the pleasure of meeting him at quite a few events and Conferences. Such a nice friendly person. Will be missed by many colleagues.

From Vivien Izzard : Very sad and sudden news RIPxxx

From Fran Cox : I'm crushed. May Richard rest in peace

From Mike Platt : How very sad. My condolences, I remember him well

From Dolorsmaria Vila-mills : My condolences to his family on these very sad moments. RIP

From Alan Foreman
I was upset to learn that Richard had died.  I knew him from a very young age in BCAL in the 70's as well as knowing him outside the company via his father who was a scout colleague of mine.

Condolences were also extended by

Nick Ellis, Karen Rayner, Sandra Currie, Tricia Riley, Kristien Mostert-Massie, Mike Herndon, Elizabeth English, Rebecca Froggatt, Rosemary David Whitten, Pat Cresswell and Caron Phillips

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Richard's Portfolio of Work

After his 20 years in the airline industry Richard pursued his passion for music and writing, here is a list of his main body of work.

Bill Wyman’s Blues Odyssey, which won the Blues Foundation’s Award For Literature in 2002. Richard wrote, co-directed and produced the Peabody Award nominated TV series based upon the book.

He wrote The Stones in the Park (2009)about the band’s pivotal 1969 concert, as well as The Rolling Stones - In The Beginning (2006) a book by Danish photographer, Bent Rej.
He co-authored Rolling with the Stones (2003), and The Stones - A History in Cartoons (2006) with Bill Wyman
He compiled and edited Rolling Stones 50, the band’s official anniversary book in 2012.
His other music related titles include, My Take (2006), Gary Barlow’s autobiography,
Bowie, Bolan & The Brooklyn Boy (2007), legendary record producer Tony Visconti’s autobiography,
Woodstock - 3 days of peace and music (2009),
Jazz - The Golden Era (2008),
Blues - The Golden Era, (2008)
Rock ‘n’ Roll - The Golden Era (2008),
The Beatles - The Days of Their Lives (2010), and
Read’s Musical Recitor (2004). 

Sinatra (2004), according to Marella Fostrup on BBC Radio 4, “Stands out as one of the best books ever written about Sinatra"

Verve - The Sound of America, the 2013 book on the American record label
Uncompromising Expression, that tells the story of 75 years of Blue Note Records, which was published in November 2014.
The Rolling Stones entitled The Rolling Stones On Air in the 1960s (Virgin Books September 2017).
Richard's other books include Here Is The News, about the BBC in World War II,
Treasure Island,
Airline Confidential,
When Football was Football(nominated for illustrated Sports Book of the Year 2008),
Dreamboats & Petticoats - Music & Life in Pre Beatles Britain,
Titanic - History As It Happened,
When Britain Went To War,
Better Late Than Never,
Len Goodman’s autobiography, Len Goodman’s Lost London (2013) and
Len Goodman’s Dancing Round Britain (2014)

An obituary from Jazz FM remembering Richard

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Sadly Richard passed away on the 31st December 2017 after a short battle with cancer which was diagnosed when very advanced. My sincere condolences go out to his family, friends and former colleagues, he will be missed by many.  Richard joined BUA in 1969 as a messenger in cargo sales working up the line in Cargo Sales and then to Planning.

He was part of the setting up of British Caledonian Commuter, which he recalled "was great fun". After BCal he went to Continental Airlines.

But on returning to the UK Richard followed his passion for music and for writing books, one being Inflight Confidential.  Though that was just the tip of the iceberg; Richard was involved in many projects. A list of these projects can be found below.
British Caledonian - A Tribute