It is with a very heavy heart that we announce that Richard Coughlan passed away on Sunday 1st December.
Richard was a founder member and drummer for Caravan for over forty three years. Richard died at his home and had been in poor health for the last few years.
He has played on all of the band’s releases to date and was one of the early birds in the history of the Canterbury bands having sessioned with The Wilde Flowers and predecessors. Despite not being well Richard played percussion at Caravan’s reunion gig in London in December 2010 and received a standing ovation.
His unique style of playing and wonderful character will be sorely missed.
We pass our sincere sympathies to Richard’s wife Sue, his daughter Beth, and all his family. We will publish a fuller obituary in due course and will have a book of condolences on the website so that his friends and fans can leave a message.
Richard was 66 years old
May he Rest in Peace.
Richard Coughlan’s Funeral. Richard was cremated on Friday 20th December. There were approximately seventy of his friends and family to bid him a fond farewell. His drum sticks were lain crossed upon his coffin.
Richard Neame gave an excellent eulogy that summed up Richard’s unique character perfectly. The sound system then played ‘Place Of My Own’ from Caravan’s first album which was a perfect tribute to Richard as the drum role at the beginning of that song was a trademark to Richard’s drumming.
Following the service we then had the ‘wake’ at the Two Sawyers pub in the centre of Canterbury and Richard’s wife Sue and daughter Beth provided food for us.
There is talk of an official memorial concert for Richard in April featuring local Canterbury musicians – this will be a fitting tribute to a great man.
RIP Richard Coughlan, you will be sorely missed, but you will be remembered forever through your music.