A former regional picture editor who was credited with mentoring young photographers on a number of daily titles has died aged 63.
Originally from Yorkshire, Richard had previously worked at the Scarborough News, when it was still a daily, and the Plymouth Herald.
When he left the Argus he worked on a casual basis for the Metro before returning to Brighton for a short period in November 2015.
In a message posted on Facebook, Richard’s son Andrew said: “Dad was loved universally and he was the soul of any party. His kindness was well-known and he always kept an eye out for the young snappers coming through at the Evening News in Scarborough, the Herald in Plymouth and The Argus in Brighton.
“I hope you will join me in remembering his fondness for Elvis Presley – a legend that dad can now sing his beloved rock’n’roll with in person.”
Award-winning former Argus chief photographer Simon Dack told the newspaper: “He was always on the side of the photographers and would stand up for them. He was very clued up on new technology and introduced the digital age to The Argus.
“Richard created a great camaraderie among photographers and we enjoyed a few parties together in various pubs around Brighton.”
Away from photography, Richard was a keen cricketer and played to a high level in Yorkshire when he was younger.
He later joined his local press team The Headliners, where he eventually became captain.
Aaron St Clair, the owner of US-based St Clair Images, began his career on The Argus.
He said: “It is with a heavy heart I say goodbye to a mentor, a friend and someone I have looked up to since he put me on the road to my career when I was 17-years-old.
“Richard you will be missed by many. I raise a glass to you and take warmth in knowing that you are singing Elvis Presley songs and laughing that infectious laugh of yours. I’ll miss you old friend.”
A funeral service for Richard is due to be held in Yorkshire later this month.