Date: Friday 2 November

Time: 1500hrs

Location: Nuneaton Crematorium, Eastboro Way, CV11 6WZ

Following the tragic death of Veteran For Peace Stu Richards, members are asked to attend his funeral in Nuneaton.

Stu Richards turned up on Remembrance Sunday in 2016. He had just left the Army and had come to find Veterans For Peace and join us. He immediately fitted in and over time showed a firm commitment to our cause, attending our Annual Gathering in 2017 and our Armed Forces Day event this year in Blackpool.

He brought his dad Mel into the organisation, both had served in the British Army on operations. Stu was due to travel down to London next month with his mate Stuart Dillon to take part in this years Annual Gathering.

Stuart Dillon said “Stuart was very passionate about politics. Having served his country, he became a great believer in the need for change and to stop unnecessary wars. He was dedicated to the cause of Veterans For Peace, a thoroughly decent friend and person”.

Stu Richards will be greatly missed by the members of Veterans For Peace. He was calm, thoughtful, loyal and friendly. Our thoughts are with his family.

The crematorium is 6 min taxi or 30 min walk from Nuneaton station.

There will be a reception afterwards to celebrate Stu’s life at Ambleside Sports Club (1.4 miles from the crematorium).


  1. Mel Richards says:

    As Stu’s dad, I thank you all for your kind comments.

    Stu was indeed a proud member of VFP and he thoroughly enjoyed the meetings and actions that he was able to attend.

    I and the rest of Stu’s family look forward to welcoming those of you who can make it to the celebration of his life on 2 November.


  2. Spike Pike says:

    Met Stu a couple of times, he made me laugh each time. A lovely bloke. Just so, so sad.

  3. Dale (Bowrdy) smith says:

    So sorry to lose a fellow peace activist at such a young age. I’m glad I had the chance to meet him at Danny’s wedding. I only met him the once and was genuinely saddened when I heard the news which I think says a lot about his character. My thoughts of course are with his partner and family at this difficult time. Rest in peace mate

  4. Joseph says:

    Deepest sympathy from a former adversary. Joe Mc Carroll.

  5. David says:

    I met Stu at last year’s remembrance weekend. A really great guy and we got on straight away. But it wasn’t until this summer at Dannys wedding that I really got to know him. Can’t believe he’s gone. He’s a big loss to VFP.
    Rest in peace brother.

  6. Giorgio Riva says:

    We never met Stuart, but it seems we lost a great human beings and a very important brother in our struggles.
    Condolences to his family, and to us all.

    Giorgio Riva


  7. Sam Schoemaecker says:

    An instantaneous friend, genuine and bold…in kindness. Poking you with his big eyes, generous. Big respect Stu you will always be among us. Dearest thoughts to his partner and family.

  8. James says:

    So sad & shocking.
    A precious life & a decent fella that had much to give in this tough world.
    I wish his family & those close to Stu all the comfort & love they need.
    Rest in peace brother

  9. Keith Morris says:

    I met Stu at last year’s remembrance weekend. We got on straight away. A lovely guy with a great sense of humour who never seemed to stop smiling. Very sad to here such terrible news. My thoughts go out to his family at this very sad time. RIP Stu.

  10. Donna Canale says:

    Very sad to hear of Stu’s tragic accident. Beautiful soul, sending condolences and lots of love to his family, friends and all who knew and loved him.

  11. David Lawrence says:

    How young – peace to his family and to those who love him.

  12. Gus Hales says:

    Although no longer a member of VFP and I didn’t know Stuart, coming from Nuneaton I will try and go along to pay my respects.

  13. Kevin Spruce says:

    Always sad to hear about the passing of a Brother…he will be sipping mead and feasting with Warriors in the Great Hall of Valhalla…celebrating his life is priceless…
    thoughts to family and friends…Kevin…Class of 82

  14. Pete Tinsley says:

    Please rest in peace Stu.

  15. Fiona Gallagher says:

    I’m very sorry to hear of the passing of your friend and comrade. May his family and loved ones find comfort in the knowledge that he was loved by many and was true in his convictions.
    Condolences to all.

    1. Marc Dickens says:

      My sentiments exactly, couldn’t have said better.
      RIP Stu

  16. Esther says:

    I have never meet Stuart but I have heard from him by his father (Mel). It is a really sad news. I wish the best from his parents, his girlfriend and family. Stuart, wherever you stay now, you know everybody will mis you. You are not alone. You will continue alive in their good memories.

  17. Barry Ladendorf says:

    To all members of VFP UK, and the family of Stu and his girl friend my sincerest condolences for this tragic and senseless loss. Brother Stu Richards Presente.!

  18. Matthew Hoh says:

    I am very sorry to hear of his passing. Wishing everyone peace, strength and love.


  19. Michael Spike Pike says:

    I met Stu a couple of times, and each time he made me laugh. A thoroughly decent lad. My heartfelt condolences to all his family.

  20. Danny Beever says:

    Stu was an awesome guy. Always smiling, always friendly, always happy. He fitted in with us so well.
    I’m so glad that I had the pleasure to hang out with him on a number of occasions – last year’s annual gathering, armed forces day and my wedding in September.
    I’m truly shocked that he has passed – and in such bizarrely terrible one in a million circumstance.
    Stu is an immense loss to us and, even more so, to his girlfriend and his family.
    Rest in peace Brother.

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