Shoreham air disaster claims life of former Aylesbury Grammar School boy Richard Smith

Richard Smith died in the Shoreham Air Disaster on August 22
Richard Smith died in the Shoreham Air Disaster on August 22

A former Aylesbury Grammar School pupil died in the Shoreham air disaster, Sussex Police have confirmed.

Richard Smith, 26, known as Indy, left AGS in 2007 and lived in Wendover with his mum Julie, dad Jonathan and his brothers, Will and Ed.

DM156678a.jpg Shoreham Airshow 2015. The crash scene on Sunday morning. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-150823-131336008

DM156678a.jpg Shoreham Airshow 2015. The crash scene on Sunday morning. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-150823-131336008

He died along with his friend Dylan Archer in the tragedy on August 22 and his name was released by police on Sunday.

A family statement said: “On Saturday 22 August, Richard set out from his home in Hove to meet his friend Dylan Archer for a bike ride into the South Downs to join another friend.

“Tragically, they never arrived.

“Richard was a lively, good humoured 26-year-old. He worked in marketing and web development at ActSmart, an independent company based in Hove, specialising in providing advice to the cycle industry.

“Richard grew up in Buckinghamshire before going to university in Birmingham. Our family moved to Hampshire in 2008 and Richard returned from university to work in a cycle shop in Cosham.

“Two years ago he moved to Hove.

“Richard’s passions in life were for his family, friends and his beloved bikes. His boundless enthusiasm was infectious. He was a truly wonderful, caring and loving person. He leaves behind his partner Victoria, his parents Julie and Jonathan, and two much-loved brothers William and Edward. He will be so sorely missed by all who knew him.

“All our family appreciate the beautiful tributes to Richard and offers of help and support we have received from friends. Our gratitude and thanks go to Sussex Police for the sensitive and thorough way they have helped us.”

Patrick Sloan, 26, one of Richard’s best mates during their time at AGS together, said: “He never stopped smiling and never had a bad word to say about anything.

“He enjoyed life more than anyone I’ve ever met and I’m probably one of dozens who’d say he was one of the best friends they’ll ever have. He’ll be sorely, sorely missed.”

Last week, it was confirmed that 14-year-old Harry Hewitt, who was a current pupil at Aylesbury Grammar, had died in a seaplane crash in Canada, alongside his parents and sister Felicity, who attended Aylesbury High School.