Posted by burghy6 on October 16, 2016
This terribly sad news was received yesterday from the World of Jaguar Cars Maths in Motion. Those children who have been fortunate enough to represent our school in the National, then World Finals over the years will have encountered Paul Richardson, son (and business partner) to Brian and Wendy Richardson of the Jaguar Cars Maths in Motion Challenge.
What follows is the saddest and most difficult email that I have ever had to send out to you all in my life but I am sorry to have to tell you that our lovely son Paul passed away last Wednesday after a very short and painful fight with cancer.
Many of you knew Paul as the smiling happy face of the Challenge, the chap who would help you with your technical issues, the chap who would always bend over backwards to help anyone, particularly if he thought that your children would benefit from what he was doing, and the chap who was everyone’s friend. Paul was a partner in our family business for almost 20 years and dedicated himself to helping as many children as he could, particularly those who might be less fortunate or able than himself, to do the best they could, no matter what that might be. Those of you who met him at National and World Finals would have seen how he always had a smile on his face and how willing he was to do anything for anybody – he was a kind and gentle man.
The Challenge was his business life (in fact he had never known life without Cars Maths in Motion!) and his contribution to it has been immense. All of the cars that the children select are his work and a good deal of the software graphics were of his making too. Well over 2,000,000 children all around the world will have seen and used his work at some point in their lives and that statistic was something that he was very, very proud of.
Wendy and I cannot find the right words to say at the moment but we thought you would like to know what has happened. We both want to thank you all for whatever part you have played in making our son the very happy and fulfilled person that he was. We’ll desperately miss him and I know that many of you will too.
We’ll be in touch again soon,
Brian and Wendy”