Our colleague and journalist friend, Jean-Paul Richard, died on September 3, at the age of 84 years. With his disappearance, a page in the history of Vaucluse morning turns. Jean-Paul Richard was an Avignon figure, he knew everyone and everyone knew him. Always a notebook and a pen in his pocket to take notes for an article, there was not a day when we did not see him walking the streets of Avignon, a city he knew by heart and he loved. For many, he will remain a reference in local Vaucluse journalism. “An extraordinary, rigorous and competent journalist,” some of his former colleagues recall with nostalgia and emotion, recalling all the good times spent together in and outside the editorial office. “A real pillar of the drafting of Vaucluse Morning for decades; it was the local par excellence with a great culture ”, add other colleagues. Indeed, for 37 years he will have covered the news of the department in all its richness and diversity until the end of the 90s. From various facts to agriculture, he is interested in everything. Many also remember him through his column “Le coin des corps” that this emeritus sportsman, particularly excellent swimmer, regularly fed by reporting on sports meetings of business clubs, as well as those in the world of pétanque.
Jean-Paul Richard was also a man with a sacred character but who liked to exchange with his colleagues while sharing his know-how and his knowledge with young journalists who were new to the profession.
For a long time he lived in the city walls of Avignon, rue Carreterie, before franchising the Rhône to settle with his wife, Arlette, on the island of Barthelasse where he took advantage of his retirement.
To his wife, Arlette, his son Jean-François, Magali, his daughter-in-law and his grandchildren Léo, Thomas and Lara, the editorial staff of the Dauphiné libéré / Vaucluse matin sends its most sincere condolences. The funeral will take place this Friday, September 10 at the crematorium in Avignon at 10:15 a.m.