December 5 2013 Latest news:
Beth Wyatt, Reporter
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
The much-loved founder of the Romford Drum and Trumpet Corps was laid to rest yesterday.
Five-hundred people turned out to bid farewell to Richard Bouchard, 87, who was known as Dick.
Dick, who died in August at the Chaseview Residential Home in Dagenham Road, Rush Green, started up the band in 1957 and led it to successes such as performing in front of the Queen.
His funeral took place at 1.30pm at the St Edward the Confessor Church, in Romford’s market place, with the committal service held at 3pm at the Forest Park Crematorium in Forest Road, Hainault.
Band secretary Kerrie Binder said: “It was a sad day because we said goodbye to our friend but it was a real celebration of his life.
“I think if he had been there he would have said it was bloody marvellous.”
Dick’s band hat and MBE were displayed on his coffin, which was draped with the union flag.
He was escorted to the church by the band, who played a number of hymns and his favourite song My Way, famously sung by Frank Sinatra.
There were also readings by Dick’s nieces Susan Dewhurst and Margaret Fox, Cpt James Marshall, the president of the corps, and director Paul Binder, Kerrie’s husband.
After the committal service, mourners took to the Romford United Service Club on Mawney Road.
Kerrie added: “It was wonderful to see so many faces from the past. Everybody felt he had the send-off he deserved.
“He will always be our director and founder.”
Dick’s MBE will now be mounted at the band’s headquarters.
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