The school was informed by OW Hugh Carmichael (1984) of Richard’s death following a tragic cycling accident in Canberra on 30 January 2015. The Australian Forestry Standard, of which Richard was CEO and National Secretary, published the following statement:

‘The Directors of Australian Forestry Standard Ltd are deeply saddened to inform you of the unexpected death of their CEO and National Secretary Richard Stanton. Richard was severely injured in an early morning cycling accident on Thursday in Canberra and died on Saturday without regaining consciousness.

We will remember Richard as a quiet achiever with a huge intellect, a droll sense of humour, and a knack of getting to the core of an issue. Outside work he was well-known as a dedicated family man and an avid cyclist.

Richard had previously held a number of key roles in Australian Plantation Products & Paper Industry Council (A3P), Australian Paper Industry Council, Plantation Timber Association of Australia, National Association of Forest Industries, and State Forests NSW.

Vale Richard, you were respected and loved, and will be missed and not forgotten.’

Richard is survived by his wife Sonia and two daughters Emma and Julia.