We pay tribute to Richard Briers CBE
18 February 2013
We are deeply saddened to hear that popular actor, and our
honorary vice president, Richard Briers CBE has died at the age of
79 following a long battle with emphysema.
Richard, who will be most fondly remembered for his role in the
popular 1970s sitcom The Good Life, was also a dedicated supporter
of Parkinson's UK.
He became our president in 1995 and then our honorary vice
president in 2006.
A regular speaker at our Christmas Carol
concerts and supporter of our Mervyn
Peake Awards, Richard was a popular face at many of our events.
He will be sorely missed.
Image above: Richard (right) at our 2008 Carol Concert with
Phyllida Law and Bill Neely
Richard's work as our honorary vice president was immeasurable.
Steve Ford, our chief executive
Steve Ford, our chief executive, comments:
“Put simply, Richard Briers was an incredible man. He had an
immense heart and his personality and humour touched all of those
"He has been a dedicated supporter of Parkinson's UK for many
years, after his second cousin and friend, Terry-Thomas, was
diagnosed with the condition.
"His work as our honorary vice president was immeasurable. And
his steadfast support has undoubtedly helped to build a lasting
legacy for the 127,000 people living with Parkinson's in the UK.
"Our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time."