Richard Edward Coomey

  • Born: May 14, 1961
  • Died: September 22, 2018
  • Location: Austin, Texas

Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home North

3125 N Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78705
Tel. (512) 452-8811

Tribute & Message From The Family

We have lost a beloved husband, dad, friend, engineer, and a wicked wit in Richard Coomey. He left us way too soon, way too fast, and way too cruelly. Richard discovered he had an extremely large tumor on his kidney on July 27. He had surgery on Aug. 1. On September 14, Richard was found to have multiple large abdominal cancer masses that had not been present on August 1. He lived via dialysis, fluid draining and blood pressure elevation meds until his children could arrive from England on September 21. This juggernaut called sarcomatoid carcinoma is extremely rare, incredibly aggressive, and it always wins.

Richard enjoyed a career in engineering, traveling the world to build and maintain the flight simulation equipment that trains pilots to keep us safe in the air. He was very highly regarded in this specialized field. Richard moved to Texas a few years ago to be with Noel Eskew, a friend from the early 90's with whom he had reconnected through the wonder of the internet. They married April 5, 2016. Richard loved being a Texan and he loved selling Music of the Spheres® windchimes at renaissance fairs with Noel. Most of all, he loved Noel.

Richard was a Brit, a wit, a smart computer geek, a great cook, and a spectacular party host. We will so greatly miss his good food, good times, hearty laughs, and interesting conversations. We will always remember that a "proper" gin and tonic is never, never made with lime, always and only lemon.

Survivors are his much-loved bride of 2.5 years, Noel Eskew, of Austin, and his dear children Matthew and Helen Louise Coomey of Crawley, England. Extended American family include Noel's siblings Sara Neal Eskew and Dr. James R. Eskew and wife, Lynn Langley of Austin and Blake Eskew and wife Martha of Houston. Nieces and nephews are Dr. Monroe Eskew of Vienna, Austria; Jonathan Eskew and wife Desiree Monterosso of Washington, D.C; Thomas Eskew and wife Rachel Baesler and their daughter Sammy of Atlanta, GA; David Eskew of Waco; Jancy Langley and husband Dr. Brian Goodman of Boston, MA; and Lyndsey Langley of Plano. Other family by luck and by marriage include Mark Pape and wife, Pat of Copper Canyon, TX; Michael Pape and wife, Tricia of Lady Lake, FL; Margot Pape of Gainesville, FL; Ed Morris and partner, Linda Lee of Indianapolis, IN; and aunt Mavis Pape of Austin.

Consider donating in Richard's name to Doctors without Borders, a worthy charity for a world-traveler's adventurous spirit and generous heart.


Condolence & Memory Journal

It was such a joy to meet and care for Richard. Despite the situation, he and Noel always managed to deliver a smile and place one on my face as well.
I am so extremely sorry for your loss.

Posted by India Hofer - Mikwaukee, WI - Acquaintance   November 05, 2018

I will always remember Richard teaching me about Fika in Swedend. 'That is your second Swedish word' he said.I looked at him. 'After Ikea' he smiled. Great guy always ready to help.
My thoughts are with you today
Regards Jim Dukes. Former work colleague.
Dronten The Netherlands.

Posted by James Dukes - Coworker   October 09, 2018

Sincere condolences to all Richard's family. I only worked with Richard for a short time at CAE in 2012 but I enjoyed his personality and his professionalism and was enriched by his knowledge and experience. He will be missed.

Posted by Stephen Seddon - Burgess Hill, UK, WY - Coworker   October 06, 2018

Really sad news hearing of Richards passing. You couldn't meet a nicer man. My condolences to his family RIP Richard Coomey

Posted by Martin Green - Coworker   October 06, 2018

A sad passing of a wonderful man. I worked with Richard for many years in simulation. Maybe getting on for 30. He was always an expert and a friend. Everyone could not help but live him. Rip Richard.

Posted by Chris COOK - Crawley - Coworker   October 03, 2018


I was so saddened to hear that the world had lost such a warm, kind, funny, exceptional and caring person. My deepest sympathies go to Noel and Richard's family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time ❤

Posted by Paola Maund - Swindon - Friend   October 02, 2018

Noel sending our condolences and love

Posted by Lillian and Sammie Eppright - Austin, TX - Family Friend   October 02, 2018

I'm sorry for the loss of your loved one. May the true God of comfort, comfort those mourning and bind up the broken-hearted.
Isaiah 61:1,2

Posted by Cj - TX   October 02, 2018


My sympathy and condolences to Noel and her extended family.

Posted by Susan Wieland - McDade, TX - Friend   October 01, 2018

Richard fell in love with Noel and their short time together was inspired. Noel and Richard came to Santa Fe just two years ago and we had a fast cup o coffee and danishes while talking straight away like we had always known him for 2 hours. So young, we hate to let you go, but I am delighted to have shared a little time with this amazing, intelligent, adventurous and adoring man! RIP RICHARD EDWARD COMEY!

Posted by Sally Blakemore - Santa Fe, NM - Friend   October 01, 2018


Richard was a genuinely wonderful person. He had a quick wit and a wicked sense of humour. I have always had full respect for a man who can mix a good G&T! We met at Rediffusion Simulation in Crawley all those years ago and have remained friends and have always stayed in contact. It was clear how much he loved his life with Noel. He will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved him. As us Brits would say, he was a 'diamond geezer' and we will not forget him. Our love and thoughts are especially with Noel at this hugely difficult time.

Posted by Amanda ,Bob Kenhard - Sussex - Friend   September 30, 2018

Noel, so sorry. What a loss and what a devastating last few months. Over time, I hope the joy and love of the first 2 years will override the pain of the last months and, when you think of him, it will be with a smile more often and tears less often. Rely on that Eskew strength I have seen over the years. All my love to you all.

Posted by Kay Handy Hollers - Manor, TX - Family Friend   September 30, 2018


Rest peacefully my lovely cousin.
You are gone from view but never far away xxx

Posted by Diana Taylor - Family   September 29, 2018


Noel, we know how much he adored you and loved his new life in the USA. We share your loss of a lovely man and, for me, a cousin whose company I have enjoyed over many years. We shall make a donation to your nominated charity, especially as we have seen them in the field and met some of their amazing doctors. We shall raise a glass to Richard on 3 October, here in Crawley.

Posted by David Knevett - Crawley, Sussex, UK - Family   September 29, 2018

Noel, so sorry for your devastating loss. He was clearly an exceptional human being and I am glad you were able to share the time together that you did.

Posted by Adriana Wechsler - Houston, TX - Friend   September 28, 2018

Noel, I just met Richard this summer at Bristol, but I could see how much you love each other. I am so sorry for your loss.

Posted by Betsy Grindol - Antioch, IL - Acquaintance   September 28, 2018


Richard was a VERY near and dear friend. I am heartbroken. His spirit will always be with us and never be forgotten. He was an remarkable human being!

Posted by Jan Jordan - Austin, TX - Friend   September 28, 2018


I give you this one thought to keep -
I am with you still - I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush,
I am the sweet uplifting rush,
of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not think of me as gone -
I am with you still in each new dawn.

Posted by Hadlee Jackson - Granbury, TX - Acquaintance   September 28, 2018

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Noel and Richard! A very true love.