A COMPANY director from Kenilworth has died following a tragic accident while on holiday in Poland.
Richard Bunt had travelled to Krakow with friends and family, and the group was en route to their accommodation in an electric tourist vehicle, when the 33 year-old fell out and hit his head while trying to retrieve his sunglasses.
After treatment at the scene he was taken to Krakow University Hospital and had surgery to stop a bleed on the brain.
Following the surgery he was placed in a coma but his injuries were too severe. After extensive tests, doctors – in consultation with specialists in the UK – confirmed he was clinically dead.
His wife Lucy, parents Ann and Nigel, and younger brother Andrew were all at his bedside when he died.
In his final hours, Richard donated his organs to help Polish people in desperate need of a transplant. Doctors confirmed he helped six people in total and the impact of this action was immeasurable.
The family paid tribute to Richard, who was born in Leamington and grew up in Kenilworth, in a statement.
“It is with deep sadness that we announce the loss of our wonderful son, Richard, who died on Tuesday, June 13 after a tragic accident.
“He brought so much happiness to our lives and was a loving husband, caring son and brother, friend and colleague.
“Richard affected so many lives with his love, his brilliant humour and everyday acts of kindness. We take great strength from knowing that his final gift was his greatest of all – donating his organs to save six people – giving other families so much joy and hope.
“He will always be treasured by us and by everyone who knew him and we are immensely proud of the man he was.
“We would like to thank all the kind people who helped and prayed for Richard and also thank our family and friends around the world.”
Richard attended St Augustine’s Primary School and Princethorpe College and then graduated with a degree in International Business Studies from Sheffield Hallam University.
After graduating in 2006, he spent a short time working locally for Chinasearch– where he met Lucy.
He then moved to Nuco International in Meriden (2007-09) before relocating to London where he worked for Amazon (2009-16) and then moved to Mail Newspapers (2016-17) and in May this year he became Sales and Marketing Director for Timex Group UK in London.
He lived in Stepney, London, with Lucy, who married in 2015.
He loved most sports, particularly golf and football. He was a huge fan of Coventry City and followed the club passionately. He was at Wembley with his father and brother and many friends for the recent Checkatrade Trophy Final victory – a day he described as one of the best of his life.
Gavin Crilly-McKean, Senior Vice President International, on behalf of Timex Group UK said: We are devastated by the tragic news at the loss of Richard and pass our sincere condolences to his family at this difficult time.
“We were truly excited to have Richard join us as part of the Senior team at Timex Group UK. His dynamism, depth of knowledge and generous engaging character immediately made him an intrinsic member of the team. Richard was a respected individual within the watch industry for many years and will be sorely missed.”