Timex has announced the death of its sales and marketing director Richard Bunt, who died on Tuesday, June 13 after a tragic accident in Krakow, Poland.
Gavin Crilly-McKean, Senior Vice President International, on behalf of Timex Group UK said: “We are devastated by the tragic news at the loss of Richard and pass our sincere condolences to his family at this difficult time. We were truly excited to have Richard join us as part of the senior team at Timex Group UK. His dynamism, depth of knowledge and generous engaging character immediately made him an intrinsic member of the team. Richard was a respected individual within the watch industry for many years and will be sorely missed.”
“Richard affected so many lives with his love, his brilliant humor and everyday acts of kindness. Richards family took great strength from knowing that his final gift was his greatest of all – donating his organs to save six people – giving other families so much joy and hope,” added Mr Crilly-McKean.
Richard (33) is survived by his wife Lucy (32), his younger brother and best friend Andrew (29), his parents Ann and Nigel and his huge number of family and friends.
His family described how Richard was away with close friends and family in Krakow, Poland. After arriving on Friday (June 9), the group travelled to their accommodation using an electric tourist vehicle. During the travel, Richard fell out of the vehicle while trying to retrieve his sunglasses and hit his head. After treatment on the scene he was taken to Krakow University Hospital and had surgery to stop a bleed on the brain. Following the surgery he was placed in a coma but tragically his injuries were too severe. After extensive tests, Doctors – in consultation with specialists in the UK – confirmed that he was clinically dead.
During this time he was surrounded by his wife, parents, brother, mother in law, sister in law, auntie and uncle and eight of his closest friends.
In his final hours, Richard donated his organs to help Polish people in desperate need of a transplant. The transplants helped both men and women patients in Poland and Doctors confirmed he helped six people in total and the impact of this action was immeasurable.
Richard was born on September 7, 1983 in Leamington and he grew up at the family home in Kenilworth.
He went to St Augustine’s RC Primary School and Princethorpe College (1995-2002) and then graduated with a BA in International Business Studies from Sheffield Hallam University. After graduating in 2006, he spent a short time working locally for Chinasearch– where he met the love of his life, Lucy.
He then moved to Nuco International in Meriden (2007-09) before relocating to London where he worked for Amazon (2009-16) and then moved to Mail Newspapers (2016-17) and in May this year he became Sales and Marketing Director for Timex Group UK in London. He lived in Stepney, London, with Lucy, who married in May 2015.
He loved most sports, particularly golf and football. He was a huge fan of Coventry City and followed the club passionately. He was at Wembley with his father and brother and many friends for the recent Checkatrade Trophy Final victory – a day he described as one of the best of his life.
Richard brought so much happiness to our lives and was a loving husband, caring son and brother, friend and colleague.
He will always be treasured by us and by everyone who knew him and we are immensely proud of the man he was.
We would like to thank all the kind people who helped and prayed for Richard and also thank our family and friends around the world.
The family ask that their privacy is respected at this time.