Obituary sent in by his son Iain:
Following a short illness in hospital in Durban, South Africa, Alan Bodell Richardson, a well known and loved Old Framlinghamian has died at the age of 88, on the 12th May 2012.
Alan was born in Hampton-on-Thames in 1924 and moved to Parham in 1930. He attended Framlingham College and was a keen cross-country runner. He also enjoyed cycling and his other hobby - short-wave radio Ham.
Alan’s family lived in Parham, and for a time his parents ran a successful shop and post office at The Waterings, Parham.
A severe bout of pleurisy resulted in Alan’s early discharge from the army in 1945 and he became a recording sound engineer for the BBC in London where he met Betty Gibson.
Following their wedding, Betty and Alan moved to Rhodesia where Alan worked for the Standard Chartered Bank. On his retirement Alan and Betty moved back to England for a short while before moving to Durban where Betty died in 2011.
Alan was a keen and active member of the Masons and the Old Framlinghamians Society, of which he was a vice president.
Alan will be sadly missed by his two sons, Neil (Durban), Iain (Cransford nr. Framlingham) his brother Hugh (in Sydney), his grandchildren and wider family and friends.