We are most awfully sorry to tell you that Richard Potter, one of our senior Trustees in GCR Rolling Stock Trust is no longer with us. After an increasingly aggravating battle with Parkinson’s disease he lost that fight on Tuesday last, 31 July, at home in Burton Joyce with his wife Marjorie. He was in his 88th year.
Born and educated in Nottingham and indentured at the heavy crane manufacturer Ruston Bucyrus in Lincoln, Richard was a particular innovative supporter of the engineering sector and the heritage especially, having been a long-term member of the Nottingham Society of Engineers and a leading light in the proposals to adapt the long redundant railway terminus of Nottingham Low Level station into a leading industrial museum. He took over the operating of the family firm, of Harold Potter Ltd, one of the country’s leading heavy lifting equipment and overhead crane specialists when his father retired.
A very practical engineer Richard became one of the first Trustees of the Rolling Stock Trust and was a great fixer. While he had eventually to retire he nevertheless continued to support the restoration of the Trust’s eight GCR carriages and to see the completion of the MS&LR 6-wheeler now at the Nunckley Hill Museum.
His friendship, support, wisdom and knowledge are greatly missed. We send to Marjorie and his son and two daughters our deepest sympathy. His funeral is to be held on Thursday 10 July at St Helen’s church, Burton Joyce.