BRUCE ERROL Anthony Rickards, C.D., J.P., retired director of Grace, Kennedy and Company Ltd, died Saturday afternoon at age 71, from a suspected heart attack.
Mr. Rickards, who was described by son Peter and brother-in-law Mike Fennell yesterday as someone who was highly respected in the business community, and who, apart from his family had two great loves in his life, Grace, Kennedy and Company Ltd and Kingston College (KC), leaves behind his wife Marjorie, son Peter, daughter Sabrina, brothers John and Ronnie, son-in-law Phillip Dalley, daughter-in-law Karen, grandchildren Christopher and Amanda Dalley and Bruce and Benjamin Rickards.
Mr. Rickards, who started out as a billing clerk, served at Grace Kennedy for 42 years before retiring in 1994 after which he chaired a number of subsidiary boards before his death.
He was chairman of the KC Trust Foundation, was a past Jamaica Chamber of Com-merce president, former president of the Kingston Cricket Club and a former hockey player for Jamaica, captaining the women's hockey team for years.
He was also a past chairman of the National AIDS Com-mittee of Jamaica, Director of the Jamaica/America Medical Assistance Committee and past president of the Importers and Distributors Association of Jamaica.
"He had a strong belief in principle," Mr. Fennell said, "his service at Grace was nothing short of outstanding."
Peter Rickards described his father as an "avid card player, who read quite a bit", and a strong family man.
"His social work kept him busy," his son said, "he did all he did with impeccable integrity."
Funeral arrangements will be announced later.