A Tribute to Richard

Filed Under (Bradford Publishing News & Updates) on 04-05-2012

February 25, 1940 - April 1, 2012

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.

Reda Martin





  • Pern Opland

    Goodbye, friend

  • Melissa Higham

    There will be a celebration of Richard’s life on Friday, April 20th, 4pm-6pm at Bradford Publishing Co., 1743 Wazee Street, Denver CO.

  • Pat Addy

    I worked with Richard for many enjoyable years. Richard was a “true friend”. He will be greatly missed.

  • Jim Anest

    I will miss Richard and that distinct voice. I never met him in person, but I wish I had. I knew when he was on the phone from the voice coming through the receptionsist hand set. He had the art of customer service and I always enjoyed speaking with him. May his memory be everlasting!!

  • Phyllis Brewer

    Richard was special and I am fortunate to have known him and to have him as a friend. He will be missed.

  • Brenda Gorman

    What would I have done without you all these years?
    You were my “Sunshine” when everything else was cloudy, my family and I will miss you.

  • Judy Plock

    I can still hear Birch’s stentorian voice saying, “Hello Friend,” and “Bless your dear heart.” What a gentleman he was. Birch’s smile and warmth will be missed by all who knew him.

  • Dene Harlow

    Richard was a geniunely friendly person to everyone he ever met, and truely had a wonderful spirit. I was glad to have known him.

  • Debi Drewes

    I first met Richard in 1982 when I was attending Denver Paralegal Institute. His voice, his charming demeanor, the way he always managed to help me obtain what I sought . . . it was always a pleasure to see him. In recent years it has been more of shared Light Rail trips or run-ins on the street in Lo-Do, but always a pleasant addition to my day to see Richard and speak with him. He was unique and wonderful and will be greatly missed.

  • Karen

    I just found out about Richards passing and I am so sorry for the loss. He was always SO helpful and its true he never forgot anyone’s name (at least mine). I moved here in 2000 and went to Bradford Publishing several times at first and only once a year since then to update legal and real estate books; he never forgot my name. What an amazing soul he was.

  • Theresa

    I can’t count the number of times I told Richard his voice reminded me of Vincent Price…and we laughed everytime.
    Goodbye my friend, until we meet again.

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