Friday, September 22, 2017

Richard Bannister RIP

Richard Bannister, who was the son of the former Rector of Whitehaven, Reverend John Bannister, died this month of oesophageal cancer at the age of 30. He had been diagnosed with the disease in April.

Richard was well-known throughout the town. He had strong associations with Whitehaven Rugby League Club, whom he continued to support, and where he undertook a placement whilst studying at Hull University for his degree in sport rehabilitation.

His parents, John and Anne Bannister, said:

“Richard was incredibly brave and courageous in the way in which he responded to his illness and its eventual outcome."

“He was completely devoid of self-pity and only concerned for his family and friends. Our loss is enormous and we are devastated by Richard’s untimely death. However, we will use the example of his courage to face the future without him. We are enormously proud of him and of what he achieved."
 
“We would also like to thank all our friends in Whitehaven for the many messages of love and support at this sad time.”
 
Rest in Peace.

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