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Richard Doggett had a macadamia farm at Numulgi. Photo supplied.

After a farm accident at Numulgi, 72-year-old macadamia farmer Richard Doggett was found dead on Friday.

Officers from Richmond Police District will prepare a report for the Coroner, they say the Mr Doggett’s death is not being treated as suspicious.

Richard was well known through both his association with the Richmond AFL club and as Chairman of the Australian Macadamia Society.

The Richmond Tigers

The Richmond club posted a message on their website:

‘Richmond is mourning the passing of 1980 premiership General Manager Richard Doggett, who was killed in an accident on his northern New South Wales property.

‘Doggett had two stints as the Tigers’ General Manager – from 1979-80 and 1986-88. He also served as the Club’s Treasurer in 1979-80.

‘After leaving Tigerland the second time, Doggett had a stint as executive at Conrad Jupiters Casino on the Gold Coast.

Richard Doggett was the Chair of the Australian Macadamia Society. photo supplied.

‘In recent years, he had been heavily involved in the Macadamia nut industry. He was a Macadamia grower on his property and Chairman of the Australian Macadamia Society.

‘Tomorrow (September 27) is the 40th anniversary of Richmond’s 1980 Grand Final triumph.

‘The Club sends its deepest sympathy to Richard’s family and friends.’

Richmond Tigers’ legend Kevin Barlett posted on Twitter: ‘Sadness continues  as we celebrate the 40th year anniversary of the 1980 premiership with the passing of our GM Richard Doggett in a tragic farm accident.

‘He was a fine person and a great support to me as a player and coach. A vibrant personality with a friendly smile RIP.  KB’

Australian Macadamia Society

The Australian Macadamia Society are devastated by the news – their release started: fate broke Richard Doggett’s stride last Friday.

Our thoughts go to his wife Chrissy and their children, Abbey, Polly, Gabrielle and Jacqui, to sons-in-law Shane and Rueben and to grandchildren Ned, Matilda and Will. Also, to the many friends Richard made over a life well lived.

Landing in Australia from the UK marked the start of a great adventure for Richard – he worked as an outback jackaroo, the general manager of Richmond Tigers AFL club, a senior executive at Conrad Jupiters Casino on the Gold Coast, a fish and chip shop owner and most recently, a macadamia farmer in Numulgi, NSW.

These roles are just the ones we know of; those who knew him longer and better could add many more experiences to this list.

Richard was an AMS member for more than two decades and was first elected to the Board in 2010.

He served as the Chair of the audit committee and as Company Secretary, becoming Deputy Chair in 2013 and taking the Chair in 2014. He also served on the industry marketing committee.

This year marked a full decade of service to the Society by Richard. And what effective service it has been. Over the last six years as Chair, Richard steered the AMS through some of the most successful and prosperous times the Society has experienced. Under his leadership, the Society has never been more engaged with members and the broader industry or more highly regarded by key institutions and government.

A kind, compassionate and polite man to say the least

But to measure Richard just by his deeds is to miss the real mark of him. He was kind, compassionate and polite to everyone he encountered. Our staff have fond memories of the casual chats they would have with him in the office.

He was articulate, clever and well-respected. He had the ability to bring calm and reason to any discussion. And above all, he was a gentleman. In his time on the board he never raised his voice, despite considerable provocation on occasion. He always looked for the good in everyone and everything, and, like Lord Nelson, would put the telescope to the blind eye when it came to faults and failings.

His vast and impressive list of career achievements illustrate the enthusiastic sense of adventure and love of life that flowed through Richard; the world of macadamias seems less bright, the possibilities not quite as boundless now that he is gone.

Richard Doggett made an outstanding contribution to the Society and to the Australian macadamia industry.

On behalf of the Board, the staff and the members we say thank you and farewell.

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