Vale Richard Turner
Dymocks regional business development manager Richard Turner has died.
‘It is with great sadness that Dymocks announces the passing of Richard Turner, who has died after a short illness. Richard was part of the Dymocks family for 17 years. He started in the business with his wife Debbie as franchise owner of Dymocks Hunter Street and then additionally franchise owner of Dymocks Chatswood. He continued to manage Dymocks Chatswood when it transitioned to a company store. Most recently, he was Dymocks regional business development manager (NSW/ACT), looking after a network of 19 stores.
‘Richard was a caring and compassionate person, widely admired as a true gentleman, with a great sense of humour. As a franchise owner and store manager he created a collaborative environment and was mentor to many young people in the business. His experience on the retail front line was invaluable in his role as regional business development manager. He knew the business from the ground up and had a unique understanding of the challenges of running a franchise business.
‘Richard was someone you could turn to for advice and had a genuine interest in helping franchise owners make the most of their business. He was a trusted and supportive colleague to everyone he worked with. He was extremely highly regarded as a bookseller, and as a colleague, to all in the bookselling and publishing industry that he came into contact with over the years.’
Dymocks MD Mark Newman writes:
‘We are very lucky to have had Richard in the business for the past 17 years. He was a popular member of the team, a dearly loved colleague and friend to many. All of the Dymocks team are deeply saddened by his passing. He will be missed by many and very fondly remembered throughout our business and the wider bookselling community.’