5th February 2015
RICHARD BONEHILL 1949-2015
It is with great sadness that we announce that Richard Bonehill died at the age of 65 on 29th January 2015. Richard was an extremely popular man within the fencing community both at home and abroad.
His many claims to fame included appearing as a Storm Trooper and other characters in the original Star Wars movies and being at the centre of the development of his beloved Truro Fencing Club, where he was the President from 2007 to his death. His involvement in the club saw him establish both the Duel on the Beach and the Cornwall Pro Sabre events. He stepped down as Head Coach in 2007, passing on the mantle to his protégé Jon Salfield. In 2011 Richard led the Cornwall team to the gold medal at the Excalibur Trophy inter-county event – he rated this title and his World Veteran’s Championship Gold medal in 2010 as his two proudest fencing moments. Richard was a very active member of the BVF and played a key role when the Veterans World Championships was hosted in Bath in 2006.
In accordance with his own wishes there will be no funeral or remembrance service but we would like to take this opportunity to extend our sympathies to his many friends and family. Truro Fencing Club will announce plans to commemorate Richard’s life in due course.