When Dick passed away, Ray Prowse sent an email saying where do we send flowers to? Taking the idea further Philip found the Cancer Research site and their "Donate in Memory of" page and set up one in memory of Dick.
Money that could have been spent on flowers started to pour into the charity with the various comments below. Apart from the £3,207.50 plus £313.13 of Gift Aid was collected for Cancer Research, when Ginny passed away on the 9th May £1,652.50 plus £169.38 of Gift Aid was collected. (see Ginny Suter Donate in Memory page)
Dick lost his long battle fighting leukaemia on Thursday March 21st & would be very pleased to know that friends & family would be donating money to International Cancer Research.
His funeral took place in France on 30th March 2013 @ Cannes France.
Many thanks for all those who have made their generous donations to this charity since this page was opened on March 23 in memory of Dick & for all of those who attended the funeral early on a wet Easter Saturday morning. £3,207.50 plus £313.13 of Gift Aid was collected for Cancer Research.
The following tributes were made on the Cancer Research Dick Suter page:
Marianne - daughter: "My darling daddy We are gathered here today to celebrate the life of our dear father, Dick Suter, a true gentleman. .
Dad loved life & was such an inspiration to many. He fought this Leukaemia with pure determination to win like a TRUE CHAMPION whose spark plug burnt brightly till the end.
As you will know my father had many passions in life. One of these was Italy and in particular Umbria. We had the pleasure of spending a week there a few years ago, enjoying sunsets over the cathedral of Assisi. I would like to read this prayer of St Francis of Assisi that ends - I would look up, and laugh, and love and live" .
Pierre B a very close friend: "Dick was our friend. He was also my soul mate. Whenever on the Riviera, the first thing we would do was to call Ginny and Dick. La Grande Bleue would not be as blue without our routine with the Suter’s: a game of pétangue for Dick & me, a lunch at our favourite pizza place while Gayla & Ginny were playing bridge at Valbonne, a home dinner in Grasse or in Vence, a trip to the promised land.
Over lunch, Dick & I would redo the world: a world where people of goodwill, regardless of race, origin, creed, or culture, could live together in peace and accept each other’s differences. We were dreamers, but, what the heck: better dream than complain. Gayla & I admired Dick’s wisdom of always looking at what is in the glass rather than what is missing from it. Sure enough, there were a lot of good things in the glass. .
Dick talked about his loved ones with touching tenderness. Ginny, Pascale, Marianne, Olivia, John & Amber were an endless source of joyful conversations. His friends were also important to him. David, Armand, Jim et les autres (few trusted ones, in fact) could count on his warmth, generosity and happy mindset.
31-3-13 A message from Marianne & Pascale Dearest family & friends, Thank you to all those who were able to be there with us yesterday & thank you to those of you who were there with us in spirit. Pascale & I hope we gave Dad a good send off & feel he would have loved the celebration party yesterday. He was the one person we missed the most. I feel Dad is around me & all his loved ones floating from one to another. With lots of love Marianne & Pascale.
Janet Suter "Dear Marianne and Pascale & family. I was so sorry to hear of the death of your mother, so soon after the death of your father. I would like to send my condolences to you both and all the family. Janet" .
Pascale "Dad would be so proud to see how much money has been raised in his memory. Thank you each one of you for all your beautiful messages and donations. He is definitely a shinning light and always will be a very bright shinning light in my heart. Thank you dad for all you ever gave me. I love you always, Pascale" .
Jeannot et Marie, Anne-Marie et Stephane "Cher Dick, Chere Ginny Notre cercle d'amis fideles du Pilon, qui a eu la chance d'apprecier toutes les qualites humaines de votre couple, viennent vous remercier pour les lecons de courage et d'optimisme que discretement vous nous offrez. Cher Dick, Bonne Route et sache que tu continueras a vivre parmi nous, ce dont nous sommes fiers. Chere Ginny, nous te souhaitons beaucoup de courage ainsi qu'a toute la famille. Avec toute notre affection Jeannot et Marie Anne-Marie et Stephane"
John Boyle "Ginny, Just saw this page. More than happy to make this wee donation in Dick's honour and memory. As I said, he was a good mate, and a good man. He'll be missed. Love and best wishes, John"
Celia & Gordon Lazenbury "Dick your enthusiasm for life was infectious and it was always a delight to see you. Our sincere condolences to Ginny, Marianne and Pascale for such a sad loss. Much love from Celia and Gordon."
Sally & Nick Suter "Dick was a great person and a dear friend, but he will be missed. I have many memories which I will cherish. My thoughts are with all the family at this sad time, Love Sally."
Wendy & David "In memory of a valued friend and good times had in Belgium."
Elisabeth & Dale Phillips "Our deepest sympathy to Ginny, Marianne,Pascale and families. We will miss him too. We have fond memories of our times together in Brussels."
Kjell "A great friend over many years who will be greatly missed by all"
Irene & Roger "Although we only met a few times we felt as though we knew you really well, as we heard so much from Grainne and Philip. You were the life and soul of the gatherings when we met you in Biot, and in Speen and also at the wedding. We have very fond & lovely memories of you and Ginny, Irene & Roger xxx"
Vos family Biot "To my darling dad, grandfather, Dick. We miss you massively and hope that you are now free to go wherever you like and be with all of us wherever we are.... We will always raise our glass to the wonderful person that you were, who taught me to always fight for what you believe in and always believe in yourself. All our love M, Dik, John and Olivia XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
Pierre and Gayla Burnay "Dick was our friend. We will miss him dearly.His generosity, wisdom and courage are and will be an inspiration to us. Our thoughts are with his loving family,"
Penny Davis "Thinking of dear Dick, a lovely friend, who will be sorely missed. X"
Guy et Simone "Les rires de Dick resteront toujours en nous Nous avons beaucoup admirer l'homme courageux face à la maladie IL manquera à tous"
Arancha & Carlos "Our warmest thoughts and wishes are with you all, thinking of you today, loads of love, big hug and kiss, A&C xx"
Sue and Steve Pritchard "In memory of a wonderful and inspirational uncle. Our love and prayers are with Ginny, Marianne, Pascale and their families at this time. Our thoughts will be with you tomorrow (Saturday) at the funeral, so sorry we cannot be there with you. With love, from Sue and Steve xxx"
Russ Suter "Going to miss you Uncle Dick, though you've left us with some great memories - falling asleep in Speen (and Ginny waking you up with wine), stories about F1 and all the greats, you're advice and kind ways as well as memories from even further back! Thinking of M, P and Ginny at this hard time, as well as Olivia, Jon and Amber! The Malawi Suters - Wendy, Molly, Jacob and Russ X"
Marie-France et Bernard Fabry "aVEC TOUTE NOTRE AFFECTION POUR TOUTE LA FAMILLE; NOUS N4OUBLIERONS JAMAIS LE COURAGEUX COMBAT DE dICK CONTRE LE CANCER;"
Mary & Roger Craft "In memory of a lovely, fun loving, kind and perfect gentleman. Many happy memories. Our love goes to Ginny, Marianne & Pascale and to Philip and Dick's other siblings at this very sad time. We will be with you in spirit on Easter Saturday. All our love, Mary & Roger"
Rosalie "With fondest memories of an amazing, warm hearted man who loved life. Deepest sympathies to my dear friend, Ginny and all the family. I'm truly saddened to hear of your loss. Thinking of you and my thoughts and love are with you at this time."
Diana "For Dick's memory - a great guy & lovely brave friend. With deep sympathy to Ginny, Marianne, Pascale and the grandchildren all of whom I'm very sure will miss him greatly."
Kate "With fondest memories to a true hero and inspiration. Lots of love x"
Claire Kidd and family "Dick was an amazingly caring, kind and giving man and will never be forgotten. Thinking of you all. Love you dearly Pasc and always here for you. xxx"
Anita Suter "Dick loved life and lived it to the full. I am so sad that he has passed away. However I still have the memories. My thoughts are with Ginny, Marianne, Pascale and all the family at this sad time. Anita"
Robert Suter "To Ginny, Marianne, Pascale and Families. My thoughts are with you at such a difficult time. I have so many wonderful memories of my dear "Big" brother Dick, like the time, in his early 20s, he almost sleepwalked out of the bedroom window at Austenwood, luckily I woke up and caught him in time! He was a Champion is so many ways. He will be sorely missed by us all. I am so sorry not to be able to join you for the funeral on Saturday, but my thoughts will be with you. With love, from Robert."
David & Kazuko Bouch "Dick - we'll miss you. Always cheerful, kind, thoughtful and so positive about life - whatever its problems. An inspiration for all of us. To Ginny, Marianne, Pascale and all Dick's family and friends - our deepest condolences."
André et Tinou "En mémoire de notre ami Dick. Il était généreux et continue a l'être."
Hector and Waltraud ""Dear Ginny, Pascale, Marianne and family - our heartfelt and deepest sorrow on your sad loss. Ginny, may you have the strength and the support of your dear ones to overcome this personal tragedy; All our love....our thoughts are with you! Hector and Waltraud""
Gerhard and Claudie Koch "Dear Ginie,Mariane,Pascale and the whole family,Gerhard and myself share your sorrow. Dick was a precious friend who will remain alive in our heart. Ginie, we send you and the whole family lots of love and pray that courage be given to you .Gerhard and Claudie"
Evelyn, Nicolas and Michelle Adams "Dear Ginny, Marianne, Pascale and family, Our thoughts are with you during this very sad time. Dick was a very special person and we consider ourselves very lucky to have had the chance to share so many lovely moments with him. With all our love Evelyn, Nicolas and Michelle"
Donal & Lisa "Dick - you will always be remembered as one of the all time greats. Lots of love to Ginny, Marianne, Pascale and families"
Sheila and David Greaves "In memory of a lovely person who lived life to the full and fought a brave fight. With love to Ginny Marianne Pascale and all the Suter family. Sheila and David"
Nicholas, Sarah, Rachel, Joe, Nathan and Noah Ensor, Bracknell "Dear Ginny, Marianne, Pascale and family , all our love to you and in loving memory of a wonderful Uncle and Great Uncle - Dick Suter , Love Ensors in Bracknell."
Sandra and Ray Prowse "Our saddest day for a long time. Although in recent years we have seen little of Dick we shall miss him greatly and always considered him one of our closest friends. Our sympathies and thoughts go to Ginnie, Marianne, Pascale, Philip and all the family. Very sadly yours, Sandie and Ray"
Philip, Grainne and Ciaran "To a really great guy - a free thinking individual, caring and totally wonderful person. We see you driving some sporty motor with a big grin on your face! Here's to you and we will keep on raising our glass to you, true grit in the face of adversity. A great role model All our love Philip, Grainne and Ciaran."
Wendy-Ann and Richard "Remembering Dick and with our love to you - Ginny, Marianne and Pascale"
Ella & Jim houston "Dear Ginny, Marianne, Pascale, and all the Suter family, We are devastated to lose our dear friend Dick and share your sad loss. He had a wonderful life with such a beautiful family and we will miss him terribly. Brave and positive to the end despite all his pain and weakness, a shining example to all of us. We are thinking of you all, Love, Ella and Jim"
Ann & John Dwelly "To the Suter family. Our thoughts are with you at this sad time. From Ann and John Dwelly with love."
York Ensors "Dear Ginny, Marianne, Pascale and and family You are all in our thoughts. Lots of love Timothy, Pippa, Sam & Matt"
Dick and Ginny leaving the Boggi shop in Sanremo 29th January 2013 (Image does not enlarge) Photo Marianne Vos
Dick Suter 10 April 1937 - 21 March 2013
Source of images, unless otherwise stated - Suter family archives