THE shipping community has been saddened by the loss of well-known and respected industry figure Richard Stevens.

He passed away peacefully on 25 March 2021 surrounded by his loving family and, shortly thereafter, the family held a small and private ceremony to celebrate Richard’s life and achievements, according to Chris Raley, managing director of Thompson Clarke Shipping.

Mr Raley said, “Richard opened Thompson Clarke’s Sydney office in 1994 and provided senior management in both the public and private sectors with strategic commercial and transport advice.

“He was managing director of Thompson Clarke between January 1999 and March 2012 when he retired as a full time executive. However Richard continued his association with Thompson Clarke as an associate – senior consultant and was a valuable and respected member of our team throughout.

“Richard was highly regarded in the Australian maritime industry and his vast knowledge and work ethic will be sorely missed.

“On behalf of all at Thompson Clarke I offer my deepest sympathy and condolences to Richard’s family at this time. Our thoughts are with them,” he said.

Also paying tribute was Sandy Galbraith, who formerly worked at Thompson Clarke.

“Richard was a remarkable man with a very strong sense of duty and commitment,” Mr Galbraith said.

“He was a fine leader and a marvellous mentor figure to many in the industry, including myself, as I made the transition into maritime consultancy.

“Over a number of years, we travelled together on projects to most states and territories here in Australia as well as further afield to New Zealand and Vanuatu.

“I always found him to be jovial and pleasant company. My abiding memory of Richard is of a true gentleman imbued with kindness and compassion,” Mr Galbraith said.