Richard Doyle (13 Sep 1925 - 19 Aug 2017)

Funeral Service

Location
Warriston Crematorium Cloister Chapel 36 Warriston Road Edinburgh EH7 4HW
Date
29th Aug 2017
Time
2.30pm
Funeral Director
Scotmid Co-operative Funerals, Sighthill

Funeral Reception

Location
The Murrayfield Hotel18 Corstorphine RoadEdinburghEH12 6HN
Date
29th Aug 2017
Time
TBC

In loving memory of Richard Doyle who sadly passed away on 19th August 2017

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This is me at about 1 year old with my Dad. We lived in Leith at that time around 1957. This picture is taken outside Granny Doyle's flat in Madeira Street, Leith

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Richard with the whiskey I brought him

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  • I've never seen him so happy - just shows you what whiskey can do !

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What an amazing time I had with John, Angela and Richard

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Leith Boxing Club

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Helen MILLEN wrote

My mother always talked of Richard and how he took on the role of providing for the family when "They lost their Da". Ricchard certainly took his role as Head of the Clan and seemed to know everyone of us. He would often ring randomly to have a chat and check in how my Grandson Raven was doing as the eldest of the 4th generation and if he was shaping up.
I managed to get to Edinburgh twice to see Richard and Alison. Richard gave me the full whirlwind tour of family history. It was amazing and all his stories of life. An incredible life that he choose to live and not deal on tragedy.
The photo of the Leith Boxing Club he stopped and told me it was where he would take Grannie Doyle. He said they had wrestling as well and often would have to pull his Ma off the referee if the match wasn't going her way.!!! I could certainly picture her in boots and all. I should say "highheels" which she loved.
Thank you Alison for so readily sharing Richard with us all at the drop of a hat and making your home open to all. My newphew Jules (Paul's son) loved his stay with you both earlier this year.
Another highlight was when I came in 2005 and got to attend Richard 80th and meet lots of family again. What a night that was. But a favourite was when he took us out to a Jazz Club I loved every minute I'd never been before.
Blessings and love to you all Helen

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  • Thank you, Helen, for your touching memories. i didn't know about the Leith fight nights ! But sounds a hoot. I can see Granny getting in the ring ...

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Bill Ferguson wrote

Most times when I went home to Edinburgh uncle Richard would turn up in his car. And I have to say he was great in that way, he was always available to drive you around places. A few times I would arrive home with a girlfriend in tow and Richard would turn up and drive off with her! Leaving me behind somewhat nonplussed!

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Maryam Abdollahzadeh wrote

What a great grandad and role model you've been, ill miss you dearly but also remember you in so many amazing ways - those brightly coloured Hawaiian shirts; your consistent attitude of responsibility, strength and perseverance; the numerous great stories of your life that you shared with me; the "Halloo" when you answered the phone; the life lessons and wealth of knowledge you passed on; that gulping noise you would deliberately do to make me laugh as a kid; your love of the sea and sailing; your brilliant ponytails; all the whisky in the world; your generosity, smiles, grizzly-bearded-hugs, pound coins, toblerones and all; your adventurous travels and late nights out which definitely inspired me to be curious about the world from such a young age - the list goes on and on! I always respected how hard-working and strong-minded you were but still with such a fun thirst for living life to its fullest!

One of my favourite memories of us was going sailing in your boat and very nearly capsizing because I was on the wrong side - but we managed to stay dry in the end.

Love you a billion Grandad! Xxxx

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Four generations of the male Doyle bloodline. This was taken at Christmas time when myself, my fiancee Jane and my parents Gordon and Elizabeth Doyle visited my Granded to let him see his only Great Grandson, Finlay Gordon Doyle.

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Gregory Millen wrote

Uncle Richard - …family history and telling his own journey to Edinburgh, Coney tales and the rules of visiting there, educational tours around the city or out of town to visit family or Scottish history, out on the town - pub crawls or to a club for a dance - of course I could never say no ;-), stories of selling telephones or insurance, many invites to the family home for events or just a cup of tea (thanks Alison) and flicking through the teletext looking for a travel deal, one to many a whiskey (and all that brings) with his friends of all ages, …the list goes on.

Besides Uncle, a friend during my time living in Edinburgh. The random knock on the door of the flat, the studio or call to chat about the ups and downs of life. The very special times were sailing his Soling (not race like Liam Casey). Besides all the fun had, I discovered this was the only time one could tell him to shut-up, to get a word in and he certainly couldn't just say "let's go" we are leaving to the next pub (after just taking your coat off) or something - this enabled long balanced conversations and/or checking things out together - sailing under the forth bridge and cruising up and down the firth while teaching me to read the water for wind - while at times really cranking the speed up, cracking the salt spraying wave - he on the helm flicking his long white grey hair, me on the sails. Other times (believe it or not) we would just sail, in silence and enjoy the stillness of no words but communication between two.

I grew to understand Richard enjoyed a humorous game of sorts with things…that 'He-lloooo' before the season, he would ring a number of times and ask if his crew was around (myself been the only one and making out that there were loads of others) for the season before he would put the boat in the water, if not he said he'd sell the boat, etc - we did 3 seasons until the 4th, which I couldn't do. I think this was the end of his Soling sailing days. (Did he put the boat in the water in 2000 or beyond?).

Thanks Richard for all, your generous spirit, your laughter, your tales, your dress sense and everything you did for the family.

I wish I could be there with all the family and friends to celebrate your life and send you off…I'm sure you'll want us all to have a jolly good wake.

Love and good-bye, Gregory

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  • Thanks, Greg, for your memories and they are spot on. Dad seemed at peace on the sea more than anywhere else. Essentially a loner, but a highly sociable one. love to all your family xx

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Rose Abdollahzadeh wrote

So many memories of grandad and Bonaly: the signature 'He-lloooo' on picking up the phone, cereal with full fat milk, endless lessons on the stock market, and the ritual of him forcing a £20 note in my hand at the end of any visit. Of course all his stories from travelling the world, and the T-shirts and hats to match, and being able to point out Nana & Grandad's house by saying 'it's the one with a crown on the garage'. When we moved back down to England, I used to get reports from my old school friends that he'd been spotted out on the dance floor in town... a life most definitely lived!

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Jacqueline Abdollahzadeh posted a picture

This is Dad showing off the front, flanked by me and my daughter Rose, aged 14

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Dad showing off his new King of Coney T shirt that Auntie Delta embroidered for him. It was my 40th birthday party but I was, of course, totally upstaged ! Wouldn't have it any other way.

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  • Love this - may the King of Coney RIP. I recall the crown he showed me that sat on top of the garage roof.

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Preston Ferguson wrote

ELEGY TO THE KING OF CONEY

How do we measure a life lived?
Material success, relationships, children, what they did/achieved?
Getting philosophical?
Richard Doyle was a unique and unforgettable character alongside Michael Leydon and John McGowan.
Richard and Michael saw and travelled the world in their different ways while John McGowan has stayed on Coney Island all his life.
Only John McGowan is now left at the age of 80.
All three men have had to deal with tragic events in their lives.
Yet they struggled, carried on and prevailed.
Richard was born on Coney island.
I remember him talking about the day his father came back to the mainland and was in a state of mental breakdown.
Richard stated if that defining dreadful event hadn’t happened he probably would not have become the successful man that he did.
This is a paradox , tragedy can lead to success.
How can you measure the act of Richard at 16/17 years age, taking responsibility and organising and bringing the family over to Scotland at the outbreak of the war? You can’t.
He remained a big brother to Roseleen Ferguson all his life , looking out for her through good times and bad.
He was also this to the other brothers and sisters in the family and was generous with the extended family as well.
How can you measure that ? You can’t.
The mist can descend on the strand sometimes when walking to Coney island and people appear like apparitions and walk past silently and then are gone, vanishing as if forever.
Richard Doyle has now joined the apparitions in the mist on the strand.
The king of Coney is gone but not forgotten
Next time I visit Coney Island, I see if I can find that silver mine that use to talk about.

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  • Well said Preston. Myra Ferguson. RIP Richard.

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A photo of Richard I took when in Edinburgh in July 2017. He was frail but alert and we talked about Coney etc. A great character. RIP. Love to all the family. Deirdre

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  • Dad is sitting in front a picture that his mother Granny Doyle, designed and embroidered. The picture shows a yacht with a man in a yellow jumper, just like Dad. Spooky !

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  • The steely blue eyes of determination still glowing......same as Angela. Love you can see that twinkle of fun lurking : )

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Catherine Harker wrote

I vividly remember uncle richard as a larger than life figure whom my mother Mary adored. He came out to visit us in New Zealand when I was about eight and when he left he gave us all money !!! It seemed like a fortune !!
When my mother Mary died I couldn't go to her funeral so I went to Edinburgh to spend the day with Richard. He was so kind and took me to the church where my parents got married. We also drove past Maderia st in Leith where the family had lived . We spent a long time in the pub while Richard told me of their childhood . It helped me enormously. Rest in peace Richard.

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Alison arrives at the church

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This is one of my favourite pictures of Richard.

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  • Yes Ash, he looks really happy and carefree

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Richard John Michael

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  • He does look like a father to the younger boys here - what a difference a few years makes at that age !

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  • I like this photo. My dads expression is just how he kept it the whole time

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