Richard Model Master 2006 to 2007
Richard Model as Upper Warden in 2005
Richard was born in London in July 1935 when England was at peace. Just a few short years later all this was to change with the advent of the Second World War. The house in which he was living was bombed and on several occasions he watched the glow in the sky of London burning at night just a few miles away. This all caused his early education to be seriously disrupted, which could explain a great deal. He was later educated at John Lyon School, Harrow on the Hill, for which he is eternally grateful. Extremely keen on sport, Boxing, Ice Hockey, Football, Cricket and Athletic field events.
His early career was in Advertising at Selfridges during which time he attended the NW Polytechnic studying for a DAA. and attending The London School of Printing. Then into the RAF for National Service, an enjoyable though uneventful period, where the main achievement was to learn to play bridge; badly. Upon demob. he commenced a career in sales, joining a large office machinery company as a trainee and leaving four years later as Sales Manager to start his own company in office machines, then came a printing & publishing company. a wholesale company and finally a tiny finance company. He was a founder member of the Nationwide Integra Group.
His fascination with the City grew from his interest in history and having observed the devastation wrought during the war years. He began to realise the tremendous importance of our heritage and traditions and the value of their preservation. It was at this stage that he was invited to gain his Freedom of the City and become a member of The Worshipful Company of Stationers & Newspaper Makers. A little later, Past Master the late Peter Begent invited Richard to join The Worshipful Company of Bowyers, since when he has graduated onto the Court of Assistants.
Upon semi-retirement he took up flying and after some time qualified for his licence, celebrating the fact by flying round the coastline of the UK to raise money for charity and having a super time in the process. This was the reason Richard was invited to join The Guild of Air Pilots & Air Navigators. Being on the Council of the City Livery Club, a member of the Aero Section and several clubs , associations and organisations largely to do with Heraldry and the City there is little chance of Richard ever losing weight.
Richard has traveled extensively in North & South America, Cuba, Europe, China and the Far East enjoying meeting people and studying religions ancient & modern.
He is married to Moira has two daughters and two grand children.
His hobbies are Flying, Theology, travel, history, ballet and of course eating and drinking too much.