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Richard Allan Laidler

28-12-1960 - 10-05-2019

Funeral Details

2:00PM
Friday 17th May 2019 at West Preston Lakeside Clubrooms - Moore Park, 1-35 Spratling St, Reservoir, VIC


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Richard died on 10 May 2019 at his home in Takasaki, Gunma, JAPAN after an 8 year battle with nasopharyngeal cancer. He will be cremated there after a traditional Japanese funeral, and some of his ashes will be returned to Melbourne for this Memorial celebration.

Much loved

Husband of Atsuko
Father of Gareth and Jeremy
Son of Betty & Jack (dec)
Pa to Jett, Kai, Sunny & Flora
Brother to Terry, Peter and Michael
Father-in-law to Jade and Amber
and friend of all the Laidler crew

Tributes

Hirokazu Junior Takahashi

May 19th, 2019 at 12:18 am

I met him last time many years ago somewhere in Gumma pref, Japan. Told about coaching, kids, Australia and etc with lots of lough. I still can't believe I can have a chat with such a nice guy but clearly remember I felt strong passion in his eyes. Really appreciate what you've done for Japanese cricket, especially passing widely how to enjoy cricket and life. We miss you a lot. Well played, mate. Have a good rest with couple of icy cold stubby.

Zeeshan Naglekar

May 18th, 2019 at 5:44 am

Laids and I both played cricket for the Tokyo Wombats. I have rarely met a more genuine and selfless person in my life. The world needs more people like him. We will miss you mate!

Ian Gason

May 17th, 2019 at 1:02 pm

Laids was just a fantastic bloke. Selfless, infectiously positive. I expect he'll be sharing a drink and a laugh with Bob Hawke.

Josh V

May 17th, 2019 at 12:17 pm

Laids your selfless attitude to life was inspiring to me. I will always remember you, in the depths of your own battles, looking out for others around you and making sure they were Ok. Always with that big smile and the, 'she'll be right mate'. RIP mate.

Gavin Beath

May 17th, 2019 at 11:08 am

Laids was my coach when I was playing for the Japan national cricket team and team mate when I was playing for the Tokyo Wombats cricket club. I was lucky to tour with him on many occasions and share a drink. Above all he was a great mate and I will miss him. There needs to be more people in this world as positive and friendly as Richard. RIP mate.

Squizzy Taylor

May 17th, 2019 at 9:50 am

LAIDS Our mate My mate Great son Great Husband Great Father Great Brother Great Pop Great Friend The last few months we would sit around and chat and laugh about some of the shannigins we would get up to. We never talked about the cancer as it gave us both the shits. Going to bed a bit earlier tonight Squizz Ok mate catch ya in the morning The toughest man I ever met. He was so proud of his family, his Wife and the two boys. Just loved his mum and brothers. Wouldn’t stop talking about the mad laidler mob. Laids dropped Merv and I at the airport we shock his hand and a bit of a man hug followed. See ya soon mate. Well it wasn’t to be. That hug, handshake and cheesy grin are tattooed in my mind. We all know that saying “sounds funny” before he would say something. Used to drive me nuts. Now would love to hear it just one more time. Love you mate Already miss ya Till we meet again Sounds funny but we will. Squizzy xox

Tokyo Wombats Cricket Club

May 17th, 2019 at 9:44 am

The Tokyo Wombats Cricket Club was saddened by the news of the passing of Richard Laidler. Not only a keen cricketer, but Laids was also a great friend, coach, and mentor to many. His enthusiasm, selflessness, humour, and love for the game was infectious and brought out the best in others, both on and off the park. Despite his prolonged illness, he remained a fierce competitor and positive presence until the end. Laids' example represents the very best of our Club's values and culture. He epitomised what it means to be a Wombat. Truly one of a kind, he will be missed and fondly remembered as a genuine club legend. We express our deepest condolences to Richard's family and extend our thanks and appreciation to them for sharing him with us for so long.

Craig Howard

May 16th, 2019 at 3:20 pm

Sorry to see you go, a great mate with an infectious laugh and a great coach, will be missed greatly.

Sam Spicuglia

May 15th, 2019 at 4:59 am

To my team mate, my sons coach and friend to my family, you showed how to be courageous and resilient through personal adversity and put a lot of people ahead yourself. I am so greatfull for the moments we shared playing cricket. I will miss you mate. RIP Laids

Sammy Beard

May 14th, 2019 at 10:34 pm

Thank you for being such an amazing uncle to me. I love you endlessly Uncle Rich ❤️

Tony Fordyce

May 14th, 2019 at 3:47 pm

Wow! What terribly sad news. I only met Richard a couple of times, 10 years or so ago at the Fuji cricket ground, when he was coach of the Japanese Cricket Team, but I still remember clearly what a lovely bloke he was. Ready to talk to anyone and with a positive and friendly attitude, but an excellent coach who brought out the best in the team. Desperately sad to hear.

Mitchell Hurley

May 14th, 2019 at 2:28 pm

Cluden Cricket Club mourns and is saddened by the loss of a truly great person. Laids epitomised a person that we would all like to become, he was truly one of the nicest people you could meet and his contribution to the Club was truly outstanding. Despite his illness he never complained and was happy to coach and mentor our players during the most gruelling of treatment phases. On behalf of everyone at the Club our sincerest condolences are with his family at this sad time. Rest In Peace Laids -you will always be lovingly remembered at Cluden Cricket Club. Mitchell Hurley President.

Marcus Lavender

May 13th, 2019 at 1:52 pm

To one of the nicest, warmest and friendliest characters. You will be greatly missed by friends and family. Rest easy mate

Scott Palmer

May 12th, 2019 at 9:44 pm

Richard you were tougher than nails! The strength you showed fighting your battle with cancer was truly inspiring. I never heard you complain once about the cards you were dealt and you always had that cheeky grin on your face and a grit determination. A bloke’s bloke to the heart, you were loved by everyone that knew you. I will miss your humour and humility and most of all your friendship. RIP

Scott Palmer

May 12th, 2019 at 9:40 pm

Richard you were tougher than nails! The strength you showed fighting your battle with cancer was truly inspiring. I never heard you complain once about the cards you were dealt and you always had that cheeky grin on your face and a grit determination. A bloke’s bloke to the heart, you were loved by everyone that knew you. I will miss your humour and humility and most of all your friendship. RIP

Scott Palmer

May 12th, 2019 at 9:38 pm

Richard you were tougher than nails! The strength you showed fighting your battle with cancer was truly inspiring. I never heard you complain once about the cards you were dealt and you always had that cheeky grin on your face and a grit determination. A bloke’s bloke to the heart, you were loved by everyone that knew you. I will miss your humour and humility and most of all your friendship. RIP

Sam Larkworthy

May 12th, 2019 at 8:03 pm

Laids was such a brilliant presence at the Cluden Cricket Club, his attitude towards cricket and life was so refreshing and his ability to inspire creativity and desire into all the people he was involved with at the club never ceased to amaze me. I’m so grateful for how he welcomed me and made everyone feel included and accepted. You’re a legend Laids!!!

Ben Perkins

May 12th, 2019 at 7:03 pm

Richard laidler was one of my best mates who always had time for a chat and a great laugh loved playing cricket with you and you taught me so much will miss you every day mate thoughts go out to your family ❤️❤️

Webby

May 12th, 2019 at 6:42 pm

Words can’t describe how saddened I am by your passing. You were a true gentleman always positive and humble you will be sadly missed. Rest In Peace now buddy.

Cluden Cricket Club

May 12th, 2019 at 6:13 pm

The influence that Richard Laidler has had on our local cricket club has been immense. His knowledge, wisdom, leadership and special way he coached has helped make the club what we are today and we be forever grateful. Respected and loved by so many, you will be missed. At peace now. Cluden Cricket Club Brighton

Mark Hill

May 12th, 2019 at 5:35 pm

To a good friend. Always there with a quip a smile and a big laugh. It was only a few weeks ago that we were chatting away after you picked us up from the airport. You battled hard through the cancer mate. I will miss you around the shed and at the cricket won't be the same with out you there mate. Rip Laids

Michael Rogers (Roy)

May 12th, 2019 at 5:30 pm

Richard ‘Laids’ Laidler. You leave a void mate that’s for sure. First met you as a Japan AFL colleague of Beardy’s and I am proud to have played a game with your boys back in the early 2000’s. Other than that, your presence, humbleness, laughter and sense of humour is what I will remember and miss. Never heard you say a bad word about anyone. So from me personally, and the entire Vampire community at East Brighton Football Netball Club, Rest In Peace big guy. Love Roy

Jason Mills

May 12th, 2019 at 4:28 pm

To a great man who showed some much guts and courage and I respected so much thanks for all the great times and memories what a fantastic man all your pain is gone now rest in peace you was a legend thanks mate Jason Mills

Kim Bebbington

May 12th, 2019 at 4:11 pm

A wonderful man. He moved all of us with his warmth, his humour and, especially in the final years, his unbelievable courage. He was a great mate, true friend and a truly top bloke. We love you dearly and will miss you deeply, Richie. Kim, Fumika and the kids.

Kenny MATSUMURA

May 12th, 2019 at 4:09 pm

I still can’t believe the news that you passed away and I don’t want to. I thought we were going to meet up soon. We were talking about our meeting at the end of last year but we couldn’t make it because of our schedules. I thought I was going to see you again in Melbourne next year. I know, of course, that you were fighting with cancer but your lovely smiles always made me think it was some kind of joke. I wanted to laugh together, talking over nothing and drinking beer together with you forever. I still can’t believe it. It is too early for you to go to heaven. It is too sad.

Troy Beard

May 12th, 2019 at 3:29 pm

To one on the best people I have ever met. Sport brought us together. On near 20 years we were like brothers. Every time I take the field you will be with me now. Thank you for being a mate, like an uncle to my kids and a part of my family in Japan. LOL. Laids for life! Forever with us. Troy, Naoko, Trent, Sammy, Anthony. The Beards.

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