A letter dated 16th September, 2008 to David Richardson from Robert's son, Oliver reads: My father, Bob died at Windward Nursing Home, Dartmouth, Devon from prostate cancer. He had been at the Nursing Home for just under a year where he had very good care.
He read a book a day and played a masterful game of Backgammon right up to the last.
My brother Alexander and I had been visiting him for extended periods for a couple of years and have had many wonderful conversations with him about his life and early days.
He often mentioned his time at Richmond & East Sheen County Grammar School For Boys, his friends and what a good education he received there.