If you were to look up “Friend” in the Dictionary, you would see a picture of a southern, smiling gentleman with the name Richard Birchfield underneath. He was the very definition of a friend. Richard greeted everyone who walked through the door at Bradford Publishing Company with his welcoming words, “Hello Friend”, for more than 32 years. He instantly made you feel at home and at ease the minute you saw him.
Richard had an uncanny knack for remembering everyone’s name, even if he’d only met you once. Why? Because he truly felt as though everyone was important, and everyone was his friend. He was one of the most sincere, genuine people I’ve ever met. He saw the best in every person, and could never say a disparaging word about anyone.
Working with Richard all these years has been such a pleasure. He preferred to get up every day, have his coffee and travel into downtown, just to enjoy the company of all the Friends he’d met throughout the years. He loved his job – and it was reflected in his voice every day. He could make you smile even if your day wasn’t going quite so well.
Our dear friend passed away Sunday, April 1st, 2012. He was a real friend and would do anything for anyone. I will miss Richard and he will be missed by all who knew him.