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Given that I was only speaking to him last week, it gives me great sadness to report the passing of a good friend, Richard Horn. He was found recently at his home in Hall Bower, Huddersfield.

I got to know Richard through Bob Tomlinson and the Huddersfield branch of CAMRA. As an active member of the branch he was always heavily involved with organizing things and worked tirelessly to that end. Just this week he was to be found beavering away, playing his part in making the CAMRA Oktoberfest a great success. A long time resident in the Hall Bower area, Richard was always a keen supporter of his local club in Hall Bower and played a key role in making the annual beer festival there a big hit every year.

Richard loved his real ale and was always to be found with a smile on his face, laughing and joking. Generously, he helped me out on several occasions by allowing me to stay at his house so that I could attend evening events in the area. Just the other day, without prompting, he helped me out in a time of need when I lost my wallet. A kind and generous man indeed.

He was the only chap to call me the "Man from Hull" rather than "Bloke from Hull" - a nice touch old bean.

Richard - we shall miss you, but will raise a glass to you soon.

Goodbye Hornblower old chap.