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Obituary - Richard Peters (OI 1979-81)

We are sorry to announce the passing of Richard Peters (OI 1979-81)
10 Jun 2024
Written by Tina Harvey

Richard will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

We are conscious that some people from the time when Richard was at the School may not be in contact with us and we would ask if you could pass on this information to those that you know.

As is the usual practice, we would like to place an obituary for Richard in the 2023-24 OI Journal and would be very grateful for any stories or memories you may wish to share which we could put together for the publication. Please address any contributions to me through

Sally Webber

OI Chair


The Development Office at Ipswich School called me on Friday to pass on the sad news that Richard died last Sunday. I have subsequently spoken with his sister who told me that he had been diagnosed with terminal cancer some time ago and had not recovered fully from a chest infection he contracted in February.

Despite spending most of his working life with one company, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and nearly all of it abroad - in Zambia, Vietnam, Thailand - he had retired just before Covid and had moved back to the UK. He had many memories of his time at Ipswich School and was a generous donor to the Founding Futures bursary campaign.

The funeral (which will be live-streamed) will be in Leatherhead on 28th June and his sister will share further details when they are known. 

Attached is a photo he sent me of the 1981 Holden House dinner held in the Town Hall (Richard Peters speaking, Richard Hudson OI is sitting far left, Mike Bannan, teacher and Head of Holden is to RP’s Right).

Richard Wilson (OI 1970-81)


Richard's funeral will be held on Friday 28th June at 11am at:

Randalls Park Crematorium, Randalls Road, Leatherhead KT22 0AG, followed by a reception at The Foley, 106 Hare Lane, Claygate KT10 0LZ.

Richard had a gap year, worked in Ipswich for about 6 months and then in the summer of 1982 travelled with school friend Richard Hudson to the Artic Circle from Vancouver.

Richard then went on to St Catherine's College, Oxford to study Geography, where he also became very involved with the College rowing society. Richard rowed for his college and held various positions on the committee. He graduated in 1985.

After graduating, Richard joined Coopers and Lybrand (now Price Waterhouse and Coopers (PwC)) in London and trained as a chartered accountant. Having had a taste of travelling, Richard asked for an overseas posting and went to Harare, Zimbabwe in 1989. He worked there for a year before being transferred to Ndola, Zambia.

Then Richard moved to Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam in 2001 and worked there for the rest of his career. During this time Richard became a Partner.

Richard was diagnosed with neuroendocrine pancreatic cancer in 2017, at his annual health insurance check up and started treatment. In 2019 Richard decided to retire early, move back to his house in Claygate, Surrey and continued to pursue his passion for travelling while he still had his health. He went to visit his sister in New Zealand in February 2020 and then to a friend's in Melbourne, Australia. They had tickets to watch the Grand Prix and saw the first day of racing but then Richard flew back to the UK due to the COVID outbreak.

Over the next three years Richard visited friends and colleagues in Vietnam between treatments; his last trip being in November 2023.  Unfortunately his health took a turn for the worse in February this year. Richard passed away on 2nd June.

Kathryn Taylor (Richard's sister)

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