Tuesday 20 December 2011

Richard 'Bumpy' Porter

We are deeply saddened to hear earlier this week of the tragic death of Richard 'Bumpy' Porter at the young age of 45.

Richard first came to Edinburgh from Kilmarnock Academy in the mid 1980s to read Geography at Edinburgh University.

He was a talented sportsman - with skiing, cricket and rugby being his main activities. But, it was at rugby he excelled, playing for the University then for Trinity Accies where many of his Uni colleagues were playing at that time. After a year at Trinity, during which he helped them to gain promotion, he joined Edinburgh Accies to test himself at a higher level.

He quickly won a place in the Accies 1st XV which at the time brimming with current and future internationalists, district players and Scotland age group players - and he did not look out of place. He brought a new dimension to the Accies back line - genuine pace!

He rapidly made a name for himself and went on to represent Glasgow District on a number of occasions. He will be fondly remembered by Accies not only for the many fine tries he scored down his wing, against the top players in Scotland, but also for his dodgy hamstrings.

Richard started work as a Coca Cola salesman who drove a fetching red and white van. He then turned his hand to surveying and gained his professional qualification with Graham and Sibbald. Later, he was persuaded to join the Edinburgh office of Ryden where he progressed to become a Partner. He was intelligent, talented, perceptive and tenacious as a surveyor and a businessman and very popular with all from those working in the mail room to the Senior Partner at Ryden's, and all across the profession in Edinburgh and beyond.

Richard is survived by his mother, who lives in Kilmarnock, and two brothers who live in Ireland and Hereford. Our sympathies and thoughts are with his family at this difficult time.

Bumpy was a great guy, wonderful company and talented sportsman and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Details about the funeral will be posted when to hand.


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