It was with great sadness that we heard of the death at the age of ninety four of our much loved, and highly valued, long term, ex committee member, Richard Binfield. We send our condolences as both Society and friends to his wife Joan and their Family.
He lived in Epping with Joan, they both put a great deal into the community, he was active in the arts, the Town Twinning and other organisations. As an ex-serviceman, and World War Two veteran he always attended the annual Remembrance Sunday on behalf of The Horticultural Society, never forgetting those not fortunate enough to return home.
He was helpful to everyone that knew him, friends, neighbours and society members. The truly outstanding thing about Richard was he always went that Extra Mile on behalf of others, always in a quiet, unobtrusive way. He was a Horticultural Society member from the time of its inception in the 1980’s. He and Joan ran the Seed Scheme from the beginning up until three years ago when he reluctantly handed it over to others. The scheme involved a huge commitment on their part, overseeing the orders in autumn, spring and early summer. Taking in orders, checking them, and in some case doing deliveries. This high level of commitment was apparent in everything he undertook; he helped at the Hut, did Stock Taking and took in deliveries. He was active at shows, assisting judges, advising new entrants and setting out the show beforehand. At other events he always offered to do his bit, seconding proposals at the AGM, serving on stalls, helping at socials and was often present on garden trips. He had a large horticultural knowledge of plants and gardens and was often the winner at quizzes.
His death leaves a large void with all who knew him; however, there are many happy memories too. Here’s to a much loved member and gardener, we will all be the poorer without him!
From all at Epping Horticultural Society.
Obituary by Denise Beard